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feeling patriotic anyway

Right of center beats far left any day for me, so even though I wasn't surprised by the outcome of the election, I am still disappointed. McCain never thrilled me, but I do think he was the better man for the job. If Obama can move himself a few steps to the right and put some substance (other than taxes) behind his fab speeches (I do so love a good speech), he may do okay. If not, it'll perhaps be an interesting experiment in liberalism. I have doubt it'll be much more than the that, but I could be wrong. He could end up being good for the country for the next 4 years.*

So even in defeat, I feel okay about it. As my younger brother is fond of saying: "It really doesn't matter who gets elected. My life isn't going to change anyway." Ironically, he voted for Obama ;)

There's more. It's rough. I've got things to say and it may rub you wrong, even though it's not intended to. This cut isn't here to tempt you. It's here because I don't want to force it on you, but I want it out there. This is how I feel.

My one true hope from an Obama victory...

That the hatred from the far left that has been ripping this country apart for 8 years will finally cease.

I'm talking to you, haters (you know who you are). You of the "he's not my president." You who drew Hitler mustaches. You who got him elected for a second term (something you're probably still oblivious to because you've had your heads up your asses for so long). You who told me I must be ignorant if ever I don't agree with you. There is no excuse for what you have done.

Guess who I didn't vote for in this election? Obama. Guess who will be my president in January? Obama. Why? Because I am better than you are. I always have been. I'm a better citizen and I'm a better person. And if it takes a sharp turn to the left for a while to help this country find it's way towards center again, I'm all in. But a president can't lead us there. We the people have to do it. There is no hope — nothing will ever change — until you stop the fucking hate. We won, so we'll act civil now would be a rather hollow gesture, but it's all you've got left to give. And maybe in time it'll come to mean something. So do it already. The hate must end here.

No, this isn't directed at anyone I know (jeez, I hope not — you all seem like good eggs to me), but it's not just a rant either. Consider it an open letter to the haters across the web. Maybe it's because I'm still riding the high of helping 1052 people cast their votes today in the shared exercise of American democracy or just that the accompanying exhaustion is making me incapable of censoring myself right now out of concern that I may offend. All I know is I've wanted to say this for so very long and tonight just feels right.

* My dream candidate (and former Lt. Gov. of my state) didn't enter the race this time around, but I'm hopeful he'll throw his hat in the ring in 4 years. So in the grand tradition of being on the losing side of an election, I'll go ahead and kick off...

Michael Steele 2012!


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Nov. 5th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)

Thanks for going out and volunteering to help democracy in action.

I don't agree with your political views (I did once, though... I'm still mostly a Fi-Con at heart and used to be a Young Republican), but no one should be treated like crap because of what they believe (unless they think the Scary Movies are good - scum, all of those people ;) ).

I really, really miss the days of reasoned, rational dialog from both left and right. When the minority party was the 'loyal opposition' and could be counted on to do the right thing. It was just the means that caused the disagreements.

Nov. 5th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Aw. Thanks.

I wrote that late last night but kept it locked until I reread it today and decided to just go ahead and open it up.

I really, really miss the days of reasoned, rational dialog from both left and right. When the minority party was the 'loyal opposition' and could be counted on to do the right thing. It was just the means that caused the disagreements.

Yes. THAT. I miss it too. So much bad over the last several years and I want this country to move past it. I used to love politics. I loved the debate. But something went very wrong when people who have different ideas on how we achieve our ideals could no longer even shake hands. We need a return to civility. Desperately.

Congratulations on Obama. I don't agree with his views, but I do believe he's a good guy. So here's to a better road ahead. And also to a continued friendship despite whatever political differences we may discover (which I doubt are really all that many).

Nov. 5th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
And also to a continued friendship despite whatever political differences we may discover (which I doubt are really all that many).

I'm really a Terminator-American.

I'm a Teddy Roosevelt style progressive, really. If they could resurrect him and run him on a new Bull Moose ticket, I'd be in heaven. I bet there is a lot of stuff we would agree on. Over the past few years I've found that I'm fairly financially conservative (the deficit and debt are making me break out in hives) and socially progressive.

I did a lot of research before I made my decision, as I'm sure you did yours. You're in a blue state and I'm in a red state. And yes, I'm a person who voted Democrat that believes in the right to own a firearm.

And you still rock. So NYAH!

The one thing I am glad to see from Obama winning (and McCain acknowledged it in that eloquent concession speech; the type of speech that made me really want to vote for him instead of Bush 2 in 2000), is what this means to the African American community. They tears of utter disbelief and joy in young and old alike were beautiful. Whether you or I disagree with them, that right there was amazing.
Nov. 6th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I was so not moved by the sight of Jesse Jackson in tears last night, but seeing regular people come to the realization that they're actually part of the process was a truly wonderful thing.

Of course you already know my views on firearms (pow! pow! pow!), so I'll throw you these: I'm a Republican who believes that abortion should remain legal, marijuana should be legal (or at least decriminalized), and creationism or "intelligent design" should not be taught in public schools.

And yeah, you still rock too.
Nov. 6th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Jesse Jackson didn't do much for me either. I was much happier for the people and the spontaneous celebrations and the feeling of inclusion everywhere. That was such a wonderful feeling.

And Marijuana was decriminalized in Massachusetts! ;)

And yeah... creationism and ID is for Sunday School only.

Ok, I think I'm getting to political saturation point. It's over!

Why the hell do I have to wait a whole week between Terminator episodes!? I want /that/ fixed! That's a pressing issue for me!
Nov. 6th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
I haven't hit my saturation point yet, but I got a late start. I feel like making optimistic posts about change (and no, not in a cynical way). Life is good. I'm feeling good. I think I really needed to get all that off my chest. it's been weighing me down a long time.

Speaking of TSCC, I'm so behind. I watched this week's ep only once and I missed a few scenes thanks to the bad broadcast we got. I downloaded a copy, but with election distractions I still haven't watched it yet. I seem to have fallen out of love with it. I think it was the transition to an ensemble show. Nothing wrong with an ensemble show, but that's not what I fell in love with. I do so miss season 1. :(

Edited at 2008-11-06 08:49 am (UTC)
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Not much to add to this except that I'm a godless socialist (and young, to boot, so that'll probably change eventually except for the godless part,) so I'm happy my party won and I'm happy this whole thing has happened for black Americans for the first time. I'm seriously proud of America all over again.
Nov. 6th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Metroid I'd think I'd be disappointed if you one day told me you weren't a godless socialist anymore ;)

Congrats on the win.
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