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thoughts about the next four years

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Nov. 3rd, 2004 | 10:16 am
mood: sad
music: NPR election commentary

I can't leave the country. I have a mortgage and t'husband's job and kids in school and family here and way too much invested (emotionally) to leave.

I won't leave the country. I love the United States of America: I love the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the system of checks and balances, the ideals of democracy, the populist streak of our history, separation of Church and State, public schools, public libraries, the opportunities for poor and immigrant people to find success.

These are the things that are likely to happen with Bush as president and Republicans controlling the Congress:
  • a serious effort to pass a constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage
  • a Supreme Court likely to overturn abortion rights and consumer rights and civil rights
  • lots more oil drilling, mining and road-building in current wilderness areas
  • dirtier air, water and land. fewer cleanups. global warming.
  • breaking the Social Security system by putting money into the stock market
  • degrading the public school systems, then paying for private schools
  • no increase in the minimum wage
  • corporations running roughshod over the general public
  • a worsening the health-care crisis despite huge profits for health insurance and drug companies
  • tax cuts for the wealthy (including me but I don't want it)
  • bogging down in Iraq -- very reminiscent of Vietnam
  • yet more inappropriate and incompetent use of military power
  • isolation in foreign policy

Some Neo-Conservatives have admitted that what they really want is a very small government, like before the Depression, and that they'll do everything they can to roll back the Great Society programs like welfare, food stamps, medicare and social security. And, OF COURSE, any enforcement of equal rights for women, minorities, disabled, gays, religious minorities, etc.

I predict that it will be pretty bad. It was bad when Nixon tried to control the media and wanted to round up the liberals and radicals. It was bad when Reagan wanted to go back to the movie-1950s when everything was traditional and only we had The Bomb. We lived through it, but it was bad. I intend to work hard against this agenda by spending money, time and effort in groups like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, peace groups and the Sierra Club. But I don't expect to enjoy it.

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from: inbetweens
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:34 am (UTC)
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My father was not sent to Vietnam, but a lot of his close friends were. About half of them died. He's extremely Republican, but he said to me a little while ago, "We can't afford another Vietnam. There's no need to kill so many of our children again."

And I think about my Indonesian family: for them, America meant hope and economic liberty and education and the freedom to live without fear of being firebombed out of their homes. They snuck over, waited years for visas, and did whatever it took to get out. Now they're religious minorities from a country Bush frowns upon, living in a school district that's been shattered by No Child Left Behind, and they're listening to a constant message of "Terrorists are going to get us." That's not what it was supposed to be.

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Two good points, I wish more people were listening :-(

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whitewizzy

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from: whitewizzy
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
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*am nauseated*
you are probably right...

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
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so we have to get active, dammit.

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whitewizzy

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from: whitewizzy
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
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True.
There is little I can du from here, but we have enough to fight for in this country. Same forces in a different disguise...

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Darkrose

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from: darkrosetiger
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:37 am (UTC)
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I love the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration does not--and they're almost certainly about to appoint a Chief Justice who has flat-out said that the Bill of Rights is optional.

I'm really scared.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
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one justice doesn't run thinks, thank godness/goddess/whatever. but it's so damn scary.

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Anonymity as a Refuge

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from: mirabile_dictu
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
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These are such scary times. I thought Nixon was bad, but he looks like MLK compared to the people in charge now.

*weeps*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Nixon was greedy, stupid and evil, he tried to destroy the liberties of our country and would do so again in this situation. We got good stuff done despite him: we can get good stuff done despite Bush. But it will be very hard.

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missmolly9

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from: missmolly9
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
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You have summarized my fears and emotions perfectly I think. I love the core enlightenment values that we are founded on, I am too rooted here to comtemplate moving, and deeply afraid of what the future holds for freedom of expression and peace.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
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we have got to cope, is what. put some of our energies into holding fast and keeping our liberties. sigh.

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from: pir8fancier
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
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Yeah to all the above. Am just shattered.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
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we must all engage and hold each other tight

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be patient I am getting to the point

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from: airgiodslv
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:59 am (UTC)
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That's the list, yeah. And it's what has left me crying every time I read about another dangerous law being proposed, reconsidered, or passed, and what my conservative Limbaugh-loving father simply cannot understand. This isn't good for anyone. He says that it will never get bad enough that I have to leave the country, that I will not be actively discriminated against or made to feel unwelcome...but I already do.

"Too Liberal For America" advertisements and slamming down on abortion and gay rights leave me feeling like I don't belong here. And if we get any more Christian as a nation..."In God We Trust" and "God Bless America" are statements that I simply cannot stand by. Not just because I am deeply and quietly religious, but because I am not the only one who is saying, "this is my country, but not my god, and it shouldn't have to be." I am not unpatriotic because I am Wiccan, or bisexual, or vegetarian, whatever. I may be unpatriotic simply because I cannot support a government that says I cannot be all those things and still be an American.

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from: skyeathena
date: Nov. 3rd, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm so happy I have friends like you.

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