November 3, 2004

As Harper's puts it, "So the wrong candidate has won, and you want to leave the country." Sure, it's tempting. It's tempting as hell. After all, if this election showed fair-minded progressives anything, it was that we're not only at odds with the current presidential administration, we're at odds with the majority of the U.S. population.

Albeit a slight majority, but a majority nonetheless.

Are we, then, to shift our beliefs and buy in to what seems to be the regressive policies oulined by the winning side? It's sort of ridiculous to think that as an American, I have to agree with the majority rule. Even if democratic rule is based on that principle, democracy is not.

What gets me about the election, and to allude back to what Mystery Date said, it wasn't just the loss, it was the method. It was Rove's scary homophobic fear-mongering and the fact that it worked even better than the Republicans themselves expected.

They used us as a weapon, and as far as political weapons go, we're very useful. They don't have many left that can bring the level of fear and loathing that faggots do (at least not openly).

To paraphrase Sally Field, "You hate us. You really, really hate us."

What are we left with, and the 'we' I refer to is not only the homosexuals of the nation, but everyone who does not agree with the policies of this inept, backwards, sorry administration? I have to agree with Kos. We have to take back the idea of 'values' and define it correctly, not as a set of fears about God's retribution, but as a set of hopes about humanity.

What I was hoping for, and what I believed, was that there were more people of logic who would step forward in large numbers and say through their votes that this is not a man we support. We don't support his beliefs nor his war nor his call for prejudicial constitutional amendments. But that didn't happen, so I am left wondering whether the nation, as a whole, really is that Christian fundamentalist, narrow-minded, short-sighted and, well, stupid.

I am not going to give the country up to them this easily. Not without a fight. I'm sure they'd like nothing better than to live in a Fantasyland of their own creation(ism) without the messy realities of modern life, but they don't get off like that. No, I'm sticking around and being me, believing my beliefs and fighting for the rights of everyone else -- yes, even the fundamentalists -- to go on believing theirs. I know that I don't fit into their tight little structure, but they're going to have to compromise and show a little respect.

Marriage can wait. Respect can't.

Dirtworshiping TreeHugger added:

I think thats our problem, by nature we are not fighters, - when I say 'we' I mean thinking people, I just so happen to be straight but luckily not a moron like most of my fellow 'breaders' To stop this onslought of stupidity and christianification of a once free nation we have to start acting like them in some ways. I dont know how to pull them off without becoming what we hate but something simple like educating children early that they dont have to hate gay people to prove that they are not themselves gay, simple things like, in my experience most peoples problem with gay men is that they imagine 'what they must do in the bedroom' they make false assumptions then get discusted, one thing that has worked for the biggots around me is to say 'ok, fine, now I want you to think about what your parents do in the bedroom, oh, I'm sorry are you freaked out, discusted, pissed that I made you go there? dont want to have that image in your head? they why on earth are you a straight person thinking about what gay people do behind closed doors' that eliminates the biggies, then I say, so now what have you left? 2 men holding hands is evil, are you totally eating lead paint for breakfast?

and that my friends is just the battle to get idiots to stop worry about gay people corrupting them.

every other issue needs decades of fighting, not throwing stones at the lost (anyone still retarded enough to vote republican) but educating the yet to be found.

my son was curios about the election and what difference it would make which person won and why people would vote for bush, so I picked one reason at random, turned out to be the biggest, he pretends to be evangelical, though he is quite provably a coke snorting lieing, theaving bastard, they fall for it and vote for him, even though most of them will be hammered by his economic policies, their pay relative to inflation will gasp for air but good ol boy georgie christian wanna-be will give them a whopping $300 tax cut, and because they are not only poor but not very bright (decades of studies have proven an inverse correlation between IQ and religious fundamentalism) so they fall for it, they vote for bush and as of november 3, 2004 what was once a great nation is now dead, quite possibly forever. So that one point alone was more than enough for my son to say 'makes no sense, why would anyone vote for such a liar, dont they check this stuff out?' No, thats not in their nature, if they checked stuff out they would stop going to church and begin thinking for a change.

so how do we do this? how do we take our country back from the redcoats again?

GrrrlRomeo added:

This is depressing. I haven't felt this beat down since I came out in high school in 1994.

And the truth is, me being able to marry my partner of 7 years was actually less important to me then Iraq and the economy. And I'm having a hard time understanding why I somehow instill more fear then a foreign terrorist.

I'm reminded of Jerry Falwell blaming the terrorist attacks on 9/11 on gays, feminists and liberals. Do/did people really believe that? Should I have taken his remarks more seriously? Because I didn't really think most people would take such an idea seriously.

Lauren added:

Just FYI, though, we'd welcome you up here in Canada any old time. :)

Charles added:

Not that I was planning on moving back to the States any time in the next four years, but this election pretty much destroys even the slightest chance of that happening. I just hope there's a country left to move back to some day, should I ever feel the urge.

Neville added:

It may be cold comfort, but we had an election a month or so ago here in Australia and it was a near landslide to the sad Bush-bootlicker John Howard. (who won on a remarkably similar platform of scaremongering)
So at least you've got lots of other people do be depressed with, it was kinda lonely here...

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