We’re so fucked. I’m clinging to that teeny cotton thread of hope, but it looks like we’re fucked, especially if I start to think about Congress.

If you voted Republican, don’t tell me. I mean it. If you tell me, you rob me of the belief that I can respect your judgement and your values. What was it? Tax breaks? The war? Religion? Stem cells? What makes you think things are just fine the way they are, and will only get better? Yes, you’re entitled to your opinion, and I’m entitled to mine. And my opinion is that you betrayed me. You personally betrayed me. (You also personally betrayed the generations that will foot the bill for your tax breaks and for the war, but right now I can only dredge up the most abstract kind of anger about that.)

You betrayed me for people who say that I don’t deserve the same rights you do. You betrayed me for people who believe that might makes right. You betrayed me for people who think it’s more honorable to send people to die for democracy than contribute to its cost. I hope the unparallelled arrogance and self-righteousness we are about to witness makes you feel good about your choice. Enjoy that tax break! You earned it!

Me? I didn’t need it.

21 thoughts on “Ugh.”

  1. I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head. You wrote in your blog what I was thinking when I dozed off and when I woke up this morning.

  2. On the radio this morning, they said that according to the exit polls, 80% of those who voted Bush did so based on “moral issues.”
    It’s appalling. And I am truly frightened of what’s to come.

  3. It’s very simple. The stupid people voted for their man. Unfortunately, the stupid people are now a majority in America.

  4. I’m printing my “I support the breakaway Republic of New York” T-Shirt as we speak.
    I’m stunned, speechless, and temporarily inconsolable.

  5. I don’t think I’ve been so angry, disappointed, and betrayed. When are people in this country going to wake up? I feel the way you do Sparky and then some.
    People here need things taken away from them before they truely appreciate them. Don’t ask me why. They just do.

  6. I think Americans, like our President, refuse to admit mistakes. So, like the guy who heads off to Vegas for a weekend and gambles away his familiy’s rent money then is afraid to face his spouse, Americans have denied the past 4 years of losses, hoping that this ‘double-or-nothing’ bet they’ve placed will cover their losses.
    Needless to say, it never works out.

  7. Yes it’s depressing, depressing, depressing. But I am taking solace in the fact that it was a close race – the stupid/selfish people may be in the majority, but it is not a huge majority. And intelligent/unselfish people will eventually find a way to win.

  8. Leave America NOW come and live in England (we have a very liberal asylum policy) You can do nothing now your country is over-run with Happy Clappers.
    P:S Our election system is far less complicated.

  9. Though it did not come as a surprise that the corporation owned mass media’s terror campaign and the fucked up moral consience of the american people made them choose four more long years of suffering, I am still in disbelieve about the whole thing. Not only suffering for themselves but for the rest of the world. No one is safe against that bully in the white house. Can someone please send Lewinski’s brother to suck some in the oval office, perhaps that would create a moral scare big enough to drive that fool out.

  10. I agree entirely with your post. I don’t feel the emotions as strongly as you do, not being a US citizen, but I do feel depressed by this news as the ripples are bound to cross the pond (sooner rather than later I think).
    God help us…

  11. Dan, thank you for this post! I’m grateful to find exactly the right words to describe how I’m feeling.
    I was rendered speechless by pain and disbelief; all I was able to say in the past few days was: somebody fire the scriptwriter, and please, please, please, wake me up).
    May I email your post to other good folks?
    (With writer’s credit and a link to your blog.)

  12. I suggest an epitaph for George W. Bush:
    Fags bashed,
    Fetuses born.
    (The net outcome over time is more fags, as no one explained to him that heterosexuals are responsible for us homos. Proving perhaps that Republican’ts aren’t good at math?)
    As an immigrant I can chose to leave if things got really unpleasant. But as for Americans talking about leaving for Canada and so on, and while I am no champion of heady and unthinking patriotism, gee, you can’t have been very attached to the place, can you?

  13. it wasn’t until about wednesday or thursday that i became despondent. after talking to some friends and processing the idea that they could vote for W, i was at a loss. these are intelligent people with advanced degrees, surely it must be attributable to a tad too much alcohol or a temporary lapse of sanity due to the frenetic pace of work or family life.
    well i guess its not that difficult to figure out. we are just not that intelligent. most americans held ‘moral values’ most dear this november, yet couldn’t see that there’s not a whole lot that’s particularly moral about what we’ve already seen over the past 4 years and what we will now have ahead of us. how can we not see that? we must have been too busy ensuring our candidate of choice didn’t flip flop. that truly is the sign of a leader isn’t it?

  14. Buck up everybody, and roll up your sleaves. This election wasn’t the end, it was the call to arms. We have work to do!

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