I’d Hoped for a Happier Anniversary

I started this blog a year ago today. In my first entry I said, ” Suddenly, it feels like it’s the Reagan era all over again.” I was more right than I knew.

It’s now 2:30 am. There is some slim hope that Kerry can pull it out, but that gets less likely by the hour. I’ve had a shitty day, both for work reasons and because the election, and I can’t sleep. I ended up gluing together Uruk-hai miniatures while watching election returns because I needed to do something with my nervous energy. Unless Kerry follows the Red Sox in an unprecedented come from behind win, it seems I am faced with two potential realities for my country:

1. 51% of American really is ignorant enough, stupid enough, or dogmatic enough to vote for Bush after what will surely go down as one of the worst presidencies in the history of this country. Or:

2. Karl Rove and his dirty tricks brigade just stole another election, but with the entire apparatus of state power under their control they were able to do it in a much less obvious fashion than 2000.

Either way it paints a pretty grim picture, not just for the next four years, but for the 2008 election as well. If people could honestly vote for Bush after his administration fucked up literally everything they touched, from the two wars they started to the environment to economy to civil liberties, how will we ever be rid of these vile liars, cheats, murderers, and warmongers? If Rove did mastermind the theft of a second election, what’s to stop him from doing it again in 2008 when the Republicans put forward another worthless stain of a human being, Rudy Guiliani?

I find myself once again thinking back to 1860 and wishing that when the southern states seceded, Lincoln had said, “See you when your economy collapses; don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!”

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