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There's an election in three days

Another election approaches, and I am full of dread, hope, and runaway nerves. If I rest my shaking hands lightly on the keyboard, I can hear my fingernails faintly chattering against the plastic keys.

I am living well right now. I make a decent wage, I'm comfortable, I live in relative freedom. Most of the people I know are living well too, even if a good many of them are denied equal protection under the law. Why am I squawking? What do I have to complain about? Why do I have such a hard time sleeping? Why does this election and all the elections to come matter so much to me? This might explain:

If the tide doesn't turn and I up and leave the country, anyone who wonders why can find some damn good reasons in this video (first brought to my attention by my friend WriteyB). I'm no fool. I know that there is no such thing as a spotless administration. I know that dreadful things have happened under other leaders even when the political climate was more to my liking. But honestly now--can you think of any other administration in living memory that has transgressed so often and so grievously against its own citizens, against other countries, against the very principles it cynically claims to promote? Can you really? Has there ever been a bunch of more unrepentant bullies controlling Congress and the White House? Can you remember so much incompetence, intolerance, and uncomprehending hypocrisy displayed with such breathtaking regularity? Could a video as heartbreaking as the one above be made about any other administration you can recall?

I know people who don't vote. They think it doesn't matter whether they vote or not. They're wrong. In your local elections important offices are at stake, and every vote will count, oh, most definitely. We have to start somewhere.

To put it another way, get out there and VOTE, you magnificent bastards!



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Nov. 8th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
Well, It seems you've been heard...!
...and I"m glad for you...!


PS: Now I wish Sarkozy won't be the next french prez...*crossing fingers*
Nov. 9th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Well, It seems you've been heard...!
Thank you, thank you, and wonderful to see you! It went even better than I thought it would. Now I'm hoping it will lead to some sort of meaningful change. Good luck in 2007 against Sarkozy!
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)

I'm sorry that I've been such a selfish asshat for the past couple of months. Please pass along my apology to 'e - I would make one personally to him but I don't have his e-mail address here.

Dec. 14th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Sixen! I really don't think you have anything to apologize for, but I will accept your apology in the spirit of friendship and concern.

Dear thing, you have been through a lot over the past year. Emotional states are transitory, and I know that under the pain you have a foundation of bedrock. Heal up well, friend, and don't ever hesitate to reach out. Should you decide to return to the Lifeboat, I assure you that everyone there, no exceptions, would be happy to see you. I respect your decision to stay away, but I want you to remember there's nothing criminal about changing one's mind once circumstances change.

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