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November 03, 2004

And no, I'm bloody well not done

I want to keep the category "Help is on the way" around, because it might be delayed, but I'm not ready to give up on the idea that it will get here.

I had a few more thoughts I wanted to share that have come up as a result of this election.

First of all, you can count on me not to take my vote for granted ever again. I will be there first thing in the morning every election day until I die. And I'm going to devote at least some time to pestering friends, neighbors, coworkers, or just more people in Tukwila to do the same.

I will not support this president, but I AM a patriot, and I am not going to stand for him insinuating (much less stating) that criticism of his reckless policies is anything but patriotic. I care, probably more than I ever have before, what happens to this country, and I want to make this place better.

I also will not stand for the right of this country co-opting the notion of values. How many times last night did we hear the news outlets say that of those people who listed "values" as their top issue, Bush was their guy. I have values, deeply held ones that jibe very well with my Christian upbringing, and I am sick and tired of the right confusing bigotry and fearmongering with anything related to "values."

So from now on, I want us on the left to support candidates who are strong on our values: who believe that all people are of equal value, that one's gender, race, religion, country, and sexual orientation don't make one iota of difference in how we should be valued; who believe that if God gave us this earth as our home, then we have a responsibility to take care of it and treat it with respect; who will remind us all that Jesus said the most important thing to remember was that whatever we do to the least of our brothers and sisters, we do to him; and who will not relent in their defense of OUR family.

Our offensive suffered a really crushing defeat yesterday, but bloody and limping, I'm willing to keep fighting. It might happen that one of these days, we need to admit defeat and get out before it's too late. I haven't yet ruled out that possibility, but I still think it's a fight worth continuing.

Oh, and yeah, I know how hokey that all sounds. But I really do mean it.

Posted by paulette at November 3, 2004 05:13 PM | TrackBack
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I'm with you! Oddly, this defeat has inspired me to fight like nothing else has. See my longer posting following Jay's letter, below.

Posted by: Kate on November 3, 2004 05:25 PM
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