We welcome our (same old) Republican masters

Technically, there are still enough electoral votes out there to give Kerry the win, but it’s all over but the whining.

If the national popular vote were reversed, and Bush were losing by 3 million votes, I’d say scrap for every hanging absentee ballot in Ohio. But you can’t whine about winning the popular vote but getting the election stolen in the Supreme Court to getting your ass kicked nationally and expect the lawyer army to save you. America has spoken. Concede graciously and run to Canada like everyone else.

(Feel free to skip the rest of this post, as it a bunch of whiny, liberal, sour-grapes spewage. Or something. Go back to this post and take a deep breath. I’ll catch up to you after I get the hell over this.)

I am dumbfounded (and, for the first time, disturbed) at the results. If this is the same dream where I thought the Red Sox won the World Series, please, let me wake the hell up!

It’s not only that a significant majority of Americans think that everything’s just peachy enough to keep doing the same crap for four more years, but eleven states (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Utah) decided that their citizens don’t have the same rights as other human beings if they happen to be gay. Scary.

But what’s really bad is that the size of the Bush margin along with the increase in Republican seats in Congress will be seen as a mandate to pursue even more draconian laws and foolish foreign adventures (not to mention the strangling deficits). For four years, we’ve had the threat of another election to hang over their heads. Now what’s to stop them?

That’s scary enough to make the joke about moving to Canada a lot less funny.

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15 Responses to We welcome our (same old) Republican masters

  1. kat says:

    I don’t even know what to say this morning. I keep thinking that people voted purely out of fear because the man is as dumb as a box of rocks and evil.
    I just want to crawl back into bed and weep for teh next couple of days.

  2. Ric The Schmuck says:

    A very discouraging time to be an American.

    It is difficult to be proud of our country, when it’s governing leaders, and the people who elected them, are so narrow-minded.

    And I’m not surprised at all of this. Perhaps that is the most discouraging thing of all, that I expected our country to respond this way.

  3. Tracy says:

    I could cry. I did cry. I can’t even go to work today. I have never felt such hopelessness for America.

  4. Chari says:

    The 18-24 year olds let us down. They just didn’t show up. 17% turnout in 2000, 17% turnout again in 2004. Guess with “vote or die”, they chose death.

  5. Ric The Schmuck says:

    My ten year old just made a profound statement.

    He told me that there is some good news about this. He reminded me that Bush can’t run again in four years….

    That’s about all the good news we have here, back to you, Solly!

  6. groovy mom says:

    I’m in awe, and I’m so disappointed. What’s the saying? Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. Yeah, something like that.

  7. geeky says:

    i voted for Kerry, but Bush winning does have it’s positives – now Bush will be forced to finish what he stared in Iraq instead of leaving it for someone else to clean up.

    and at least i voted this year, so i can blame it on Ohio when Bush does something stupid.

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  9. Trish says:

    Yeah, but you can’t count me, geeky, cos I voted for Kerry 😉

    I AM disappointed with the young voters, too. I went to the Warped Tour over the summer, a 311 concert and just went to see Social D a couple of weeks ago. When each band said, “Go vote for Kerry!” the crowd ROARED in support. Apparently actually getting to the polls is more challenging than the mosh pit.

  10. Scott says:

    I’m just horrified that this is happening.

    All we can hope for now is that we grab back a house of Congress in 2006 — preferably the Senate.

  11. Bea says:

    I’m sorry for all of you who tried to make things better. Don’t give up, we still love you around the world and Canada definitely sounds like a good option because I will be able to meet you, heh! 🙂

  12. Kim says:

    I woke this morning more depressed than I’ve been in a very long time. I think I’m actually a bit in shock over it all. Do people really believe they’re better off now than they were 4 years ago? Or is it, as someone said on ABC News last night, that people voted the fears instead of their hopes?

    How horribly depressing.

  13. Miz Shoes says:

    I’m sick. I’m wearing the full black of mourning for my country. Lies, fear and greed were the motiviating factors in this election.

    Required reading for the next four years?

    Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail
    The Handmaid’s Tale
    Bug Jack Barron

  14. jadedju says:

    We all apparently live in some alternative universe where we are winning the war on terror and have our pockets lined with gold coins.

    I’m baffled and sad and angry.

  15. robyn says:

    I think this (long) comment over at andrewsullivan.com makes about the most sense of anything I’ve heard in a long time:

    “I didn’t vote for Bush for lots of reasons. But it seems to me that maybe the result, much as it was not what I wanted, will be good for the country. We are in the middle of a war whose outcome is very much in doubt. We have a fiscal policy that may or may not prove successful. Issues that have seemed remote to many like abortion and the Patriot Act’s definition of rights and privacy are likely to become more immediate over the next few years. Had we changed leadership now, it would have been difficult to assign accountability, for good or bad, for these policies and decisions. I always feared, in fact, that Kerry would have had little chance of success in the face of a conservative chorus of ‘everything was going in the right direction in Iraq when we handed it over to you’. Whatever the result, over thee next few years we all will be better able to asses the success or failure of many things that are unfinished now, and hold one team accountable.”

    Of course, that still doesn’t help that sinking feeling I have in the pit of my stomach.

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