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I had a planning board meeting today, and therefore got to spend a few hours not thinking about the election.  That was nice.  Then I came back to the office and read all of my friends' laments, and I'm all sad again.

I spent most of the evening on my couch, drifting in out of sleep.  I think I cried once.  At one I went to bed.  Ohio schmohio, I didn't delude myself this morning.

I have nothing more to say, really, than what has already been said.  I am floored.  I am disappointed, and I am embarrassed.  Part of me wants to sincerely try to figure out what those 53 million people were thinking.  To see what they see.  I think that a lot of them could give me good arguments.  I think that maybe for a lot of people, Bush really was the best choice for them.  But I also think that a lot of people got fucking hornswaggled.  And that a lot of people are looking out for themselves, fuck everyone who doesn't think like they do.  Those people can go fuck themselves.

Someone said recently that my life wouldn't be directly affected by who was president.  To a certain extent, he's right.  Aside from gas prices and tax cuts, what do I care?  My brother's heart won't allow him to be drafted, and all of my other guy friends are too old.  So I shouldn't care if we send troops to fight a useless war under false pretenses.  Right?  What do I care?  And at my age, I'd not have an abortion.  I'd keep it.  So why should I care when Bush appoints conservative judges that overturn Roe v. Wade?  Right?  Doesn't affect me.  I ain't gay, and if I were, I sure as hell wouldn't want to get married.  So what the fuck do I care, right?  Doesn't affect me.  And fuck, the environment?  I live in NEW JERSEY, for fuck's sake.  Why should I give a shit what happens to forests in Washington?  Why should I give a shit about emissions?  Why shouldn't I embrace clean coal?  I'm already breathing polluted air, who the fuck cares?  Am I right?  Who's with me?  I already know about sex.  What the fuck do I care what they teach in schools? 

Fuck it.  Who cares.  Are we going to survive?  Yes.  But it doesn't mean I have to be fucking happy about it.  I'm not that old yet.  And I hope I never am.

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And the thing that bothers me most about this election is not what might happen in the next four years -- it's that so many people voted for Bush, and were sure that that was the right thing to do.  That's what bothers me the most.  As Tami said:  who ARE these people?  Why do they think so differently from me?  I was so confident yesterday afternoon, I was so sure . . .

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tamisevens
Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)
Well put, Kerry. I wanted to respond to the same guy who said my life wouldn't be directly affected by who was president, but couldn't quite summerize everything I was thinking in under 9 pages.

I'm not happy about it, and I'm never going to be rich, old, or apathetic enough to be calm about either.
wiffler
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)
I was actually proud this morning. The Northeast voted intelligently in my opinion and I was apart of that. That's all I can do, right? The world has to realize that the people are divided, but Bush won and that stands. Let's hope for a better second term.
calamityjon
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
ZZZZING!
tawdryjones
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
I care what happens to other people but I also know what you mean about wondering how W can really affect me on a day-to-day level.

I fear the Patriot Act II this really affect me, personally. And that I could lose my job. Here's hoping your job doesn't get outsourced overseas.
tawdryjones
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
That sentence is messed up because I got pulled away for a while, then came back and didn't reread the whole thing. Damn.
mordicai
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
dude, you were smokin' in that star trek uniform!
boomerkuwanger
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
And the thing that bothers me most about this election is not what might happen in the next four years -- it's that so many people voted for Bush, and were sure that that was the right thing to do.

I totally agree, this is what I'm thinking too. It's like, every day, I feel almost completely surrounded by idiots. Honestly, I spend way too much of my life thinking about how many stupid people there are, hating things, hating people, barely every really, i mean REALLY having complete respect for someone... But this. It was just a fucking smack in the face. He won the popular vote! I really don't think everything is completely fucked now... it just makes my skin crawl when I think about stupid people are everywhere, people who didn't know what the hell they were talking about, ignorant people... that's the worst part for me now. Ugh.
illscientist
Nov. 3rd, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Exactly. I probably wouldn't say "hate" or "stupid," more like "deluded" and "frustrated with" or something, but absolutely. I don't think of myself as having thought about stuff more than anybody else, or as any kind of judge of anything at all, except for myself- but come on! I cannot get my head around the Bush perspective. How can you be for oppression?

Anyway, this is the best election post I've seen. You hit that fucking nail, Kerry.
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