ENTRY 0017, December 23, 2004

It has been a month and a half since the election.  I was going to write something immediately following the results, but I was so upset that I found myself incapable of remaining rational.  I decided to wait a few days.  Every time I tried to, I found that I was spewing vitriol in such amounts that I found it difficult to read my own writing.  It was a spleen-venting beyond belief...  Basically I was really, really pissed that we, as a country, elected that asshole moron to lead us.  Did we not learn from the first four years?  Apparently not.  How to state my feelings?  I did not want to descend into anger, but damn, I am really, really disappointed. 

America is rapidly bifurcating.  We have two parts, the Red America and the Blue America.  Red goes for Republicans and blue for democrats.  There is very little in the way of "Swing" going on anymore.  There are a few "too close to tell", but they are rapidly evaporating.  What do these two Americas stand for?

Red America feels that the old ways are best.

-Beat your kids
-Beat up Homos
-If you are poor, it's your own damn fault
-Their god should be everywhere and you should be forced to acknowledge him, even if you worship another god or no god at all.
-Women should be in the home being mommies and wives
-Men should make all the decisions
-Women should accept this
-Women should be forced to have any babies they may get pregnant with, regardless of... well anything
-White is right
-Any petty criminal should be locked up forever.  However, if you are a CEO who steals billions, that should be considered a tip
-Rich people deserve to be rich, so we should defer to them and let them keep as much of their money as possible, even if it means giving poor people the shaft.
-A strong military will keep us safe.  However, you should not look too closely at the fact that we spend more on the military than the rest of the world combined, and we still got swatted by Osama...
-Schools would be much better places if kids were forced to pray daily, studied only the Three R's and Abstinence education
-Along the same lines, evolution is evil and we must replace proven science with unprovable religion
-The media exists to serve those in power
-You should not ask questions of those in authority, they know best.  Just accept what they say and everything will be fine
-And on, and on, and on

Blue America does not feel like this. 

Blue America believes that the purpose of government should be to help the American people in general, not just a few.
Blue America believes that we should not attack countries just because we can.
Blue America believes that People come First, not Corporations.
Blue America believes that if Bush continues this way, the United States will crumble.  Freedom will become a thing of the past, and any hope you had for a bright future will get dimmer by the second.

Okay, if I continue this, my head will explode.  I must stop for now.  Suffice it to say that I am VERY upset that Bush won the election, and I really, really, really fear for the future, in oh, so many ways.

There is an old Chinese proverb that states "May you live in interesting times."  Well, things are pretty fucking interesting right now.

Anyway, what's new?

-Bush is still a lying moron.

-We still have two working rovers on Mars.  That is still Too Cool For Words.

-Christmas is in a couple of days.  People are going nuts at the malls.  I did 99% of my shopping online this year.

-For the first time in 5 years or so, we have a christmas tree.  Here are a few pics of our tree and its decorations:

Squeak and Barbie helped us decorate:
Two friends decorate

Barbie ties a present with a festive bow!
barbie wraps a gift

And the view from the street:
squeak from the street

No wonder the neighbors don't come to visit that often...

Well, I gotta run.

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