November 3rd, 2004

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Some serious reflecting

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Tonight, I'd planned to reflect on everything that just happened, to somehow try to make sense of this for myself. Perhaps to even convince myself that things aren't as bad as they seem. Starting off with the thought that maybe Bush won't be as bad in his second term. The thing is, every time I thought about, I just realized that things are going to get a lot worse for us before they get better.

I started by reading what I wrote last night. I thought I'd think it was harsh. But even now as I read it, I still feel the same way as I did then, except now I'm also very worried and concerned for our futures.

A largely defining issue for this election was the so-called "culture war." Gay rights were a huge part of it—the Bush campaign made sure of that. We all know about the inflammatory, anti-gay flyers they mailed out in numerous swing states; the Federal Marriage Amendment Bush championed; the anti-gay legislation the Bush campaign made sure was on the ballot in 11 states (all passed, by the way). They ran this campaign on our backs, and they won—overwhelmingly so. This vote went beyond embarrassing our country above what Bush had already succeeded in doing around the world. It went beyond rewarding Bush's dangerously irresponsible and unprecedented deficit. It went beyond his diplomatic failures and beyond his violations of numerous treaties (including the Geneva Convention). It's sent our country hurdling back in the wrong direction in time—in a direction of intolerance, and bigotry of epic proprtions. The genie of intolerance and homophobia was unleashed from its bottle and fueled by their campaign. No, Kerry was no leader on this front either, but the Bush campaign must have made Fred Phelps (of godhatesfags fame) proud, while they all wrapped themselves in our flag.

That sickens me. It sickens me that the non-thinking, bible-thumping, uneducated, religious fundamentalist masses are deciding our futures for us. What saddens me, however, is that over 20% of us are perfectly okay with that. As evidenced in this article on
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