Tuesday, Nov. 02, 2004
Of The People By The People
I am taking about five minutes to post a VERY abbreviated message... I have about two hours until I have to head off into the wild blue yonder and sit through an interminable night of election returns. Oh joy and thrills.
I'm just glad to see this day drawing to a close. The die is largely cast by now. There's one more hour of voting here and on the West Coast. That means that most of the U.S.A. has already had their say.
I'll say this for the election. It was good for getting the apathy out. After years of voter participation numbers that were downright embarrassing, it looks like this could be a record high in terms of voter turnout. Whatever else is true, whoever is ultimately elected, the American people will be held accountable; and in this case, it couldn't be a more warranted responsibility. I hope that we, as a nation, made the right choice.
I have been a registered Republican for most of my adult life, though in all honesty, party affiliation isn't a big deal to me. Given my job, I suspect this is probably a good thing. I agree with ideals on both sides of the party line, and think that's how it should be, too.
But this year, I couldn't vote for a Republican President. I won't debate the particulars. I won't pretend to understand all of the pressures and emotions that our sitting President has experienced. I simply had to decide based on cold, hard facts. And the facts are that our people are dying without clear reason. Osama Bin Ladin remains at large and Saddam Hussein is in custody. Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture?
Our economy is in a shambles. Our poor and our children and our elderly, those most in need and least able to defend themselves, have been shunted aside. The world reeled in horror after 9/11, even our long-term enemies offering help. We had an opportunity for peace on an unprecedented scale.
And now, we are at war and have become one of the most widely-hated nations on earth.
I've avoided commenting here on my political stance, because I have been so engulfed in the process for the past months. My personal nightmare of dealing with the political arena is nearly over. I pray that my country's nightmare may be drawing to a close, too.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )