City of Roses
|All I have to say is, I am disappointed, I am suprised, and frankly...heartbroken...but in important times like these, I believe we need to have class and fulfill the American desire to try and unite and not use our tears and anger on each other.
What troubles me most of all is what are our youth going to think after today? Everyone at first was predicting a huge youth turnout among every major network and estimate. But in the end, not only wasn't there an above average turnout, not only was there not an average turnout, it was a below average turnout.
Fewer than one in 10 voters were 18 to 24, about the same proportion of the electorate as in 2000, exit polls indicated. Everyone was admitting the intense passion they saw on college campuses, from Miami to Cleveland to Tempe. A majority thought they had never seen such involvement among college students since 1972.
I also am worried about what the world will think in response to this, as I believe it's important to build communities and not just communities at home, but abroad.
All I have to say is, "I hope they're right!". I hope Bush can do better in his second term than during his first term, I hope he can reverse the pessimistic opinion of America, where a majority believe America is heading in the wrong direction. I hope as he clearly decides to keep fighting this war that he takes responsibility, as it is clear he will not stop this war any time soon, and at least he won't rush us with impatience into another war.
I believe we are gracious, and as Americans, we have to hope. We have to hope ever often help is on the way.
As I do my part, in believing Bush won this election fair and square (his record remains 1-1) and doing what I believe every American should do and come together in trying to build communities and reach a common ground, I hope Bush does the same and can appeal this time around to mainstream values and desires, values of both sides.
To the progressive community out there, whether you were Kerry, Nader, or Cobb supporters, let us not take out our frustration and anguish among one another or anyone in that manner. Let us not forget we have work to do, in continuing to present our desires and wishes to the public, and, hopefully, to the floor of the Senate and beyond.
Kerry supporters, please don't blame the Naderites. Nader supporters, please don't blame the Kerry supporters, etc. We're all in this together, and the only way to start our progressive revolution for a good cause is to work together, unite.
Let us work to achieve some crucial goals by 2008. Let us continue to promote enforcing this new ballot where you can pick your first, second and third favorites, so in the event where a candidate doesn't get a majority, the secondary numbers determine the winner.
Let us work to continue promoting the progressive values of grassroots democracy, social justice, equal opportunity, ecological wisdom, non-violence, decentralization of wealth and power, economic justice, love of diversity and sustainability.
Let us do everything in our power to protest the passing of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in multiple states, working to tear apart this piece of discriminating legislation and see to it gay and lesbian citizens are treated with respect and see to it we are all equal.
And, most importantly, let us continue to do what we always do, in marching against this senseless war and call for the end of this occupation, for we have promised as long as this war continues, we will march on as well.
Despite this troubling news, there is one thing I am very proud of, and it is here in Oregon. Over 850,000 passionate Oregonians came out to vote for Kerry, and he took that state by over 5%, a margin much larger than Gore in 2000. Oregon, to me, is example to the most involved progressive communities of this great nation, and I am so very proud of the passion and dedication given here! It feels to me Oregon may have been one of the exceptions to the low young turnout vote!
After this election, we may be heartbroken, but our passion and hopes are undaunted, and we will perservere!
As for all Americans in general, whether you're one whose candidate won or whose candidate lost, please don't turn your backs on each other and stick your noses in the air. It is up to us to decide how united we are. Let us both find a little trust in one another, as well as be accountable, and most importantly, embrace one another regardless of our differences and respect and treat one another not as political rivals, but as neighbors, friends, siblings in spirit, as Americans.
I believe that's the way we must behave, in being good winners and good losers. And in the end, I think if we can unite together like this, we will all be winners!
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20
[This message has been edited by Mistletoe Angel (11-03-2004 04:29 PM).]