Thursday, November 04, 2004

all the places i could ever want to live went for Kerry

the mood of depression on campus was palpable today. it was very quiet but very tense yesterday, as the quad turned into a ghost town -everyone who could was out voting; everyone who couldn't was wishing they could-, but today, after the concession speech, there was a pall over the day. it didn't matter that the sun was shining and it was one of the last few truly beautiful days of the fall. i couldn't wear anything but black; and everywhere there were sad faces, quiet conversations, and little laughter.

CNN was blaring on the TV in uncle joe's today -not the usual afternoon court TV or Jerry Springer show, but CNN showing Kerry's concession speech, and analysis, and a constant rehash of Bush's win, rubbing salt into our liberal wounds. when Cheney came out to speak i turned up my music; when Bush came on i started shooting pool. tomorrow, or next week, or next month is soon enough to hear from him again. i've never seen that many people crammed into uncle joe's, staring at the TV in dismay, unwilling to accept that they already knew was true -Kerry had conceded the race, and they were stuck with the man they had worked so hard to dislodge for yet another four years. makes you wonder what good your vote is -those who voted absentee in swing states, because at least it could help there -if it were counted at all; those who are liberal voters who live in red america.

i don't know what to say. after all, we've had four years of this clown; what more damage internationally could he possibly do? like nicole reminded me, he's run out of troops to do anything -he can barely hold on to Iraq- and no congress would possibly authorise any more international expeditions. if rumours are true we will no longer face Rummie, thank god for small blessings. (now if the devil could kindly come and reclaim Cheney -but i suppose they don't want him either.) and domestic policy? well, i don't live here. why should i care?

but i do. i've lived here for four years; my friends have lived here all their lives, and will still be here after i go home. and i want to believe in an America that does stand for individual freedom -of a kind i don't often see at home-, and civil liberties, and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. and i guess i am terribly disappointed to be reminded, yet again, that the vast majority of America is not new york or chicago or san francisco.


At 12:42 PM, November 04, 2004, Blogger The Legal Janitor said...

It's ok J, things will work themselves out.

You know, I'm feeling a little pensive about this myself, but I realise that in the larger scheme of things, history has a tendency to self-correct if things go too far in the extreme...

Much like the free-market, you know? There's a natural equilibrium in these things. If Bush goes all amok for the next four years, there'll be hell to pay for the Republicans come 2008. I'm not surprised if Hilary is super happy right now... lol

At 1:11 PM, November 04, 2004, Blogger Packrat said...

I think we all were pretty crushed. *igh.
I kept wondering what the hell happened...then I read the newspapers and there was a quote from Cletus, the slack jawed country yokel who said that Osama Bin Ladin will not attack America because he's afraid of Bush...and then I came to the conclusion that America got what she deserved. I know that it's not the vast majority but Bush played a good (albeit cheap) game and played off people's fears. The guy's a fearmonger whose spin doctors know how to turn an election into a scare fest.
And all the while, there're the idiots who are voting Nader.
*igh. Ship of fools indeed.

At 1:30 PM, November 04, 2004, Blogger J. said...

hell, if the pple who'd voted nader had gone for Kerry perhaps this would not have happened...depends on which state they are in.

i guess the big thing about middle america is fear. fear that there will be another attack, and thinking that the only thing to protect them is military might and agression. fear of things changing. fear that the moral fibre of their society and their homeland is eroding. fear of the outside world.

it's a sad thing indeed when fear can win an election for the President of the most powerful nation in the world, though.

as for the market correcting itself -yes, no doubt that will happen. but unfortunately i think we are likely to see Bush Unleashed before the market can correct itself -it's locked into its short-term disaster already. but we shall see. nothing we can do now.


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