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November 04, 2004

It's been a tough day

Okay, I cried during Kerry's "concession" speech, and now it is time for me to spew.

To all of those who believe that the war in Iraq is justified, I can only recommend you get a copy of the McNamara documentary called "The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons Learned." Substitute Iraq for Viet Nam and become afraid, very afraid.

Tell me McNamara isn't a tortured soul today.

To all those in Ohio who have lost their jobs and are about to lose their jobs to India and elsewhere, you reap what you sow.

To all those young people in the 18-28 age bracket who didn't vote this year, anxious as you were to get to the bar to shoot some pool, drink some beer and smoke some cigarettes, maybe when you don't get the job you are looking for, when you don't get health coverage, when you can't afford to buy a house, or car, don't ever tell me how tough it is out there.

To those of you who are struggling with two jobs, some kids, and no health insurance, who voted for Bush nonetheless because you were either swayed by the number of yard signs you saw, or because you think you will be saved from a terrorist attack, I hope you remember that you have helped no one but the wealthy. You certainly haven't helped yourselves.

To those of you who are struggling with two jobs, some kids, and do have health insurance ...if it is paid by your employer, get ready for a cut-back, and if you must pay for it yourself, brace yourself for a big increase in your premium come January.

To those of you who don't have prescription coverage, and I'm one of them, and the elderly who are cutting your pills in half and taking them every other day because of the cost of your medication, if you voted for Bush, keep slicing those pills.

To the Catholic Church, my church, it just seems reprehensible that while you were engaging in your own massive cover-up of your own insidious sex scandal, you had the audacity to enter into the political fray over a woman's right to choose. Does it not occur to you that in the meantime, thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, including women and children, and yes, babies, have been killed? Where is your outrage over this?

And yes, to the young women out there who didn't vote or who voted for Bush, the hard work (and it was hard work, and the work was hard) done by women over a generation to put women on an equal playing field and to have control over their own bodies, I feel sorry for you.

To those of you who care about the environment and what will be left for your children and grandchildren, who voted for Bush ... never mind, I forgot that if you voted for Bush, you don't care about the environment.

To the media, and never would I have thought this twenty years ago, try becoming what you were meant to be ... a watchdog, an investigative body, a truth teller, a totem of a free society and free speech. Instead, you have become parrots of your corporate owners, and are a joke.

To the dirty tricksters, and by this I mean Karl Rove, Swift Boat Veterans, and others, who lied over and over again about Kerry, his record, and his patriotism, do you not feel the least bit of chagrin that you had to stoop so low in order to get your man re-elected?

Locally, to the people who voted to amend the state constitution to specify that a union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or any similar union for any purpose ... remember, Lynn and Dick Cheney's daughter is gay and has a partner. And many in traditional marriages, who voted to amend the constitution, have cheated on their spouses. I know so many of you myself.

That's it. It's been a tough day.

Posted by Gadflygirl at November 4, 2004 09:06 PM


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