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cap, captain miss america
Okay, haruspexy and I spoke about this last night, and since she got up earlier than me, she posted about it first, and for the most part, I don't want to rehash everything she said because I agree with essentially everything she said.

But I do want to post about it anyhow, considering that I'd rather say my piece than read the rest of my friends' list at the moment.

Yes, I voted for Kerry. I don't agree with everything he said, but honestly, I don't believe I will see a major party candidate in my lifetime who will agree with me. As poor a president as I think Bush is, I am kind of sick of hearing gay marriage boiled down to "marriage is between a man and a woman, but..." and abortion called "the right to choose," and until there's a candidate up there who can eloquently describe the difference between the religious insitution of marriage and the right of a consenting adult to enter into a legal partnership with another person AND talk unabashedly about abortion in strictly clinical terms, who insists on an increase in taxes to improve educational facilities and health care-- OR who can form a plan to successfully and cheaply privatize healthcare while assuring that the vast majority of the population will have access to it, I won't see a candidate who I'm going to be entirely happy with. And honestly, no one like that is ever going to win the presidency of the US.

Does this mean that I'm pissed off that Bush won? No. I mean, at least we didn't have any of this bullshit that we got last time around. I was pissed off about the way things were handled in 2000, by both sides. Kerry conceding was the smartest thing he could do.

The reasons it would have been nice for Kerry to win mainly have to do with the fact that it would have forced both parties to take a serious look at demographics that usually get neglected-- one of which is young voters, which I obviously give a shit about because I am one.

That being said, Kerry never got his campaign off the ground until the debates, and I would have been very impressed to see him win-- I was impressed by his strong showing nonetheless-- but I'm not surprised or shocked that he lost. A month ago I would never have expected that come election day there would be any real challenge for Bush.

As for the gay marriage shit that I know does mean something to some of you personally, guys, you have to think about it this way. It takes something like this to mobilize action. Gays have lived in far worse times, and we actually live in an era where, in many major cities, you can actually walk around holding hands or smooching. That's a major step forward, as much as it might not seem like it. Gays haven't been able to get married for, well, centuries. People who hurt gays, as bad as that is, can actually be, you know, PROSECUTED for it. That didn't happen a hundred years ago. There've been times where just being gay was enough to get you executed. The fact that a bunch of states now spell it out is only going to spur people to speak out even more vocally against it. Stupid laws wind up bringing about change even faster than individuals could change things on their own. This is going to force people to sit up and acknowledge the situation.

Oh, also:

--Bush doesn't want a fucking draft. The DoD doesn't want a draft. No one wants a draft. The draft bill was defeated 402-2. Please.

--People vote for Nader to make a statement, because they don't like the way politics work in this country. It's perfectly valid, and a real popular mandate wouldn't be threatened by a third-party candidate. Ever.

I know people feel cranky about this whole thing, but rather than bitching, think about what you can do to, you know, improve the world. How many of you take part in letter-writing campaigns, or make phonecalls? How many of you have actually taken part in a protest? How many of you do volunteer work? How many of you donate work hours or goods/services to charitable organizations? I admit, I only do the first two of these anymore, although I do still donate money to charitable causes with which I agree, but if I wanted to do more, I could, and I have done all of the above in the past. If the Democrats had bothered to put forward a candidate I could have gotten behind seriously, I would have done it again. I have nothing but admiration for the people who volunteer their time to work for any political campaign in which they believe, or for any other cause that means something to them. I guess that's my point. If you don't like the state of things, start doing something about it. Even if it's something little. At least maybe follow politics enough to know if you're making any sense, or to not be surprised by things that, well, aren't surprises. If you already do stuff about it, do more. If you don't do shit, bitching after the fact is not going to help a blessed soul.

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Yeah, a lot of us are worked up about this... It'll take a while to settle down.

I've tried to become active in Amnesty International at my school, but I'm already involved in a bunch of other clubs at my school. I don't have a car, so it's really hard for me to schedule service projects because I have to find rides, etc. I usually do service projects with my youth group, so I can get a ride with them. I thought about helping out for the campaign, but I was really busy earlier this year with homework and applications. I also thought about joining youth in government, but once again, I'm involved in a bunch of other clubs.

I thought about going to the SOA protest with the Amnesty International club at my school, but I didn't have the money to go.

I've signed up for more service projects this year than I have in the previous years, and in college, I'll most likely join activist groups.

I don't want to sound like I'm making excuses. I want to become more active and I really do want to make a difference. One of my goals is to become more active in the community. I hope that others follow your advice to be more active as well.

Your post is interesting.

you can use the amnesty international website as well as the moveon.org website to find letter-writing campaigns and phonecall campaigns to take part in.

you can also do a lot of service projects from home. i've done a lot of design work and office work for amnesty international and a whole bunch of other organizations for free. if there's something you're good at doing that you can do in your own house, that can help. or just do something like save all your change for a month, every time you get less than a dollar change back from buying something. it can add up quickly. you can count the change, and even if it's ten cents a day, that's ten bucks in just over three months, and you can keep the actual change and write a check to a charitable organization. i'm a big advocate of giving money if you can't give support.

local representatives to either the state or federal government are always in need of volunteers.

I agree with everything you said....so I don't know what else to say, but good job.

You say it so well...

Screw my writing my own political rant. (Though I did in a friends entry because a friend has been pestering me. >.<)

Can I put a link to this, heralding your wisdom, in my lj? o^-^o

Re: You say it so well...

Eee, just noticed you made yours a friends only entry too.

Cancel that, I'm just gonna post how I agree with your views and will be subscribing to your newsletter. :D

Re: You say it so well...

Yeah, I was just going to say sorry, it's friends only. You're more than welcome to re-iterate anything I said, I just don't really want to start some massive political debate.

I posted some stuff about the draft back to you because you need to read up on it before commenting about it :P There's not going to be one so don't worry.

Re: You say it so well...

Yeah, I just got paranoid cause one guy who I go to college with used to be in ROTC Marines and gets stuff early and he had a buncha stuff recently. >.<

Its easy to get worried and over-react when something that major is presented.

This election, more than any other, has resulted in more people being fucked out of voting than ever, methinketh. People around this campus were fucked ROYALLY out of voting by people who wouldn't take/turn in/process their voter registration cards. Why do we seem disappointed with young voter tournout when we CHOOSE to disenfranchise them? What the HELL is wrong with people?
I've lost faith in the American people from this election, and for more reasons than just who won. This election has really brought to light the worst in our democratic process.

No, more people were fucked over in the 60s. Or pretty much any time before that, when they were people denied the vote based on the color of their skin.

College voting inititatives have a history of being badly managed. If you want to vote, go to the elections office yourself, or mail in your form.

And this election, for the most part, worked. It worked better than the last one. I just htink the problems were more highly publicized this year because the media relized they could cash in on it. More Democrats voted for Bush than Republicans voted for Kerry, which signals to me that he actually won this time around.

Well, I agree with that. It's just that in the past few years, things were getting better and it really SEEMED like things were going to be okay. Last election was pretty messed up, and it was the first time that we realize that the system had only gotten better as far as extending the vote, but that we were probably being indirectly excluded, anyways. And I'm GLAD that we're aware that problems exist, but I wonder why on EARTH no one has gone about solving them, especially with all the negative media attention. I figured that the stupid media would at least press down on states to keep that from being directed at them.
I just don't understand how, in this day and age, things like this are still happening. Maybe that's just me. I wanted to believe that we got past the problems of BEFORE--that we truly wanted everyone to vote, and that we'd go the extra mile to get them set towards doing that.

>>I've lost faith in the American people from this election, and for more reasons than just who won.

You were a Yankees fan until this year too, weren't you?

LOL I never watched baseball, sorry.
I got my hopes up this year. Last year, I thought there was a reason behind who got elected (silly people and their guns, right? Good ol' Boys Network clocking overtime?) But now, I'm pretty disillusioned.
A majority of the people really are that dumb.
I really wanted to believe in them!

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