November 03, 2004

A House Divided

I cried for our nation last night. At 12:51am, as I finally brought my weary self up to bed with my daughter in my arms, the balance of all of the election spending, the war in Iraq, and the will of our nation tipped from its precarious perch, and it fell wet across my face.

President Bush has convinced 51% of the good people of our nation that he is the best of the two realistic candidates for the office of President.

I believe that our nation has traded away the future of our people. What have they been given in return, what great gift is so worthy that we would damn our children: oil-based imperialism, test-driven education, and a tight grip by our majority religion.

We sold the farm because we believe that if we don't, the gay people will have sex on our bedroom floors while we're trying to read Ann Landers. The majority of the people of our nation believe that if we don't post the Ten Commandments in view of everyone, those strange and dangerous people that don't have our religion will most certainly bomb our buildings because without God, how can those strange and dangerous people know the difference between right and wrong.

I am one of those strange and dangerous people. I can assure you, I know right from wrong, and I didn't come to this understanding through the teachings of any god. I am, I assure you, a very caring person, a dedicated father, and an all-around good person. I don't need a religion, and I certainly don't need any single religion in my government, in order to tell me what's right.

What do we do know? President Abraham Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." This nation is as divided as it has ever been, and while there is a single political party holding the majority of the Senate, the House, and in the Executive Office, we will see this division in our people for years to come.

I will not suggest that we (those of us that do not support Mr. Bush) give in and let the nation slide further on the dangerous path of popular religious rule. We must, I must, do what we can to keep our nation safe from itself. The founders of our nation wanted to ensure that a majority religion was not mistakenly taken as the national religion.

I don't know where to go from here, good people, but we must continue on. Voice your opinions, stay involved in local politics, steer your city away from discrimination and greed, and make example of acceptance and responsibility that creates the leaders of tomorrow.

2 Comments:

At 2:25 PM, Kyle said...

But, in the end, it's not just President Bush's fault. It's not like he stole the election, and it's not like he 'conned' the 51% of the people who voted for him.

The people are broken. They aren't "good" people. They're close-minded, ignorant, homophobic, ethnocentric jacknapes. 54 million of them.

 
At 8:30 AM, Momma Lee said...

I would trust someone more who came to their values through true experience of life before anyone who was handed a nicely-packaged-in-fear-and-ignorance set of beliefs from any religion. How can you tell me that the couple I know from my prenatal exercise class, who paid in heartache, physical pain, and from their wallets to be able to conceive a much-wanted child in their gay marriage is less than the 14-year-old uneducated trailer trash with an unwanted child? The people who voted for Bush produce the 14-year-old single teen moms. The people who voted for Bush - you took away the rights of good people who have hurt no one. You are fools. Look beyond your book, look into your hearts. I am embarassed to be an American. And I am afraid for my own children in this land of persecution.

 

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