I think it's important to note that the idea of "getting out of dodge" is fun to play with...
but it ignores the reality you face today in a divided America.
America made a choice... and half the nation is unhappy with it.
If you leave (not that you would... but it's all the rage to talk smack so...)
... then you will leave the country you love to those that you so dramatically disagree with.
You're duty as citizens, is to stand up and be counted... and not just on Election Day.
The office of the President is a powerful one... and has some big kittens to juggle on the world stage,
but your congress men / women... your senators, Judges and city councilors...
... have a dramatic impact on your day to day life.
Have you ever written a letter to one of them?
Do you agree with a ban on gay marriages? Write a letter...
Do you agree with denying a woman the right to have a safe abortion? Write a letter...
Do you think it's a good idea to cut school funding? Write a letter...
What about guns? Write a letter...
Your opinion is important more often than once every four years.
Now that you or your countrymen, have reinstalled the Shrubbery in the garden of power,
you have to stay put so you can raise your voice in protest when you don't agree with his actions.
Rise up and be heard.
Half the country is unhappy with this result.
Half the country is happy about it...
Do you think the happy half actually understands what they are happy about?
I was soundly criticized for saying that many middle americans are guilty of voting tickets, let alone voting the ticket their daddy voted, regardless of the candidates or the issues.
I stand by that statement and I look to last nights election results as proof.
and when the next wave of American children are shipped off to Iraq
to be the muscle that shoves democracy's square peg into that countries round hole...
... you can look to those republican voters and wonder why they thought this was such a great idea.
::::: This [ :: LINK :: ] is to a post I wrote on March 17, 2003... before the fall of Baghdad