This is really disheartening and frustrating. I sort of suspected that Bush was going to win, but I also thought that the Democrats would gain control of the Senate (which is important for nominations to the Supreme Court) and maybe pick up a few seats in the House . . .
In 2000, Bush lost the popular vote, and was picked to be President by a partisan Supreme Court. Yet he still pursued a right-wing agenda as if he won in a landslide. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT KIND OF CRAP WE ARE GOING TO SEE FOR THE NEXT 2-3 YEARS NOW THAT BUSH HAS A "MANDATE"???
I read some stupid exit poll where the people who voted for Bush overwhelmingly cited "terrorism" and "social issues" as their reasons for supporting Bush. Coming in third was "taxes." So, basically, the people who voted for him are: (1) scared to death of terrorists-- so scared that they'll abandon some of the bedrock principles of this Nation; (2) scared of gays; and (3) selfish-- they're rich people who want to keep the tax gifts that Bush gave them.
That is one hell of a coalition. The Democrats can't compete with that.
Welcome to the beginning of Empire and the gradual death of our Republic?
Last night, I feel asleep on the couch watching the election returns on the couch with the sound muted. My basement is dug up because of plumbing problems. My house is falling down and I feel like the country I love has turned its back on the principles I believe in.
There was once a time when the only thing we had to fear was fear itself-- if we believed in the founding principles and each other, we could get through the Depression, WWII, Jim Crow, Segregation.
Now, this President has campaigned -- AND WON-- on exploiting fear. Fear of terrorism. Fear of "others" who do things in their bedroom that fundamentalists disapprove of.
At least Obama won in Illinois and sent the insufferable Keyes packing.
Dear Califone: I am going to come to one or more of your Deceleration shows this month, and you guys better kick some ass and restore my faith in the People of this country. No pressure.
I wish I was a mole in the ground.