Alright, I know that alot of people out there have this “the US is going to Hell in a firey struggle with reality” or the “lost all faith in humanity” thought about the election, but I’m asking if poeple can put aside their rage and immaturity to talk honestly about what this REALLY means in terms of the state of the nation.
I personally have a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I feel as though many of the important values that I hold, and believed to be basic American values have been cast aside for short term financial gain and an artifacted sense of safety. It feels like my beliefs in the basic freedoms of man have been set on the altar to a dark god of wealth and power. I feel disenfranchised and alone. Its as though my existance is marginalized by the fact that I am not in the majority
Life, Liberty, and the Pursiut of Happiness (I’ll even ceed that the word Happiness should read Property). These are basic Inalienable rights according to our Constitution, yet somehow, they are only applicable to the majority.
Life is reserved for those born in this nation, and is forced upon all in the womb, even when some lives are better not lived. Lives that never make it to the womb don’t count of course, unless we are trying to use those lives that never were given a chance to give new hope to the living. Where is the inalienable right to live at a fertility clinic that literally throws away millions of unborn children? Where is the right to live in a nation that writes with a different alphabet? How can we force the right to life on some but refuse that same right on the grounds of the sanctity of life?
Liberty is of course the liberty to follow the majority. What about the freedom to be married? Well the ruling on that is that as long as you are marrying someone of the opposite gender. How can we as a nation support an argument that creates a new category of second class citizens?
Neither of these matter as long as we are safe and given our tax rebates. I am still reeling from what this tells me about my own country’s ideals. I thought we stood for something more than that. I thought that our countless “interventions on behalf of freedom and democracy” might have at least meant something despite thier horribly misguided courses. I thought that our incessant belligerism was based on a grain of foolish idealism.
This election has been a sad event for me. I do not doubt that Bush won, the evidence is so strongly in his favor that it would take a truly unbelieveable course of events to change the currently foreseen outcome. What I wonder is how I can live in a nation of people that did this. I think about it and statistically (both locally and nationally) more than half the other people around me want Bush in office. What is it that these poeple agree with Bush so strongly about? Is it his family values? If so, does that make me immoral for believing what I do? Do they agree with his war on terror? Does that make me a traitor? Is it their tax refunds? If they aren’t greedy, then what am I?
How can I reconcile my nations opinions to my own? I have become an outcast by a margin of less than 5%. How does that sort of thing happen? How can I be that diametrically opposed to over half of my own nation? Please, someone who is happy about Bush (if there is anyone or someone who understands Bush supporters as more than just uneducated or ignorant) please help me reconcile myself to this nation and what it means.
It will take a hell of a lot more than a corrupt/stupid/violent/delustional Rebulican president to ruin the world, that I can promise everyone. Our nation survived Reagan and we can survive Bush. That is not what I am concerned about. Everything isn’t fucked. Only I am, and the rest of my half of the nation.