I have really wanted to post my thoughts on the Presidential election, but truthfully my mind has been very clouded with a lot of anger and bitterness. IÕve watched some of the TV pundits, listened to talk radio, talked to several people, and read a lot of other peopleÕs thoughts about the outcome of the election and itÕs causes and ramifications. ItÕs all been said. Really. ItÕs exhausting, because people are still arguing with rhetoric and propaganda. IÕm sure IÕm guilty of it, too, probably right here in this entry, but I'll do my best to avoid it. IÕve written and deleted 3 posts completely, but now IÕm just going to get this out there and follow up with points as I feel like it.
I woke up on November 3, 2004 and checked the web for the election results. My prediction was correct, that even though I voted for Kerry, W was going to win. NPR confirmed it while I was driving to work, and I was honestly feeling a little down because of it. Perhaps I was taking things too personally; after all, I didnÕt lose the election. In fact I did my part by voting in a swing state. Walking into the lab was a really odd experience. Most days I get a smile or a quick hello from people I know, but today everyone just had a sullen look on his or her face. I was shocked that everyone was so sad, just like me.
Even after waiting a few days feel disappointed, disgusted, sad, and ashamed. Disappointed that fear beat hope. Disgusted that I can expect 4 more years of the same destructive policy decisions. Sad that innocent kids will continue to die while rich men get richer. Ashamed of the people I love who voted for a candidate that has a consistent record of limiting liberty, preventing honesty, and threatening civil rights.
To the rest of the world: 49% of us are really sorry.