A time capsule full of memories of what this night was like ten years ago.
Because tonight is bad. For real bad. But if you have been to the rodeo a time or two, you know it's not as bad as the free-falling, gut-punch horror of watching a mob of rage-amped swine and terrified "moderates" gleefully hand the worst President in American history a chainsaw and tell him to please, please go right on wrecking the place.
Because remembering is the Liberal's special burden.
From the late Steve Gilliard:
The worst possible outcome
We have a buggered election.
People doubt the results, there is ramapant mistrust. This is the worst possible outcome.
I don't know how the polls could be so wrong, I mean really wrong. Maybe I underestimated Dielbold, maybe we blew our ground game, maybe people are more scared of gays than the draft.
I simply don't know.
What I do know is that the outcome of this election, win or lose, screams for electoral reform. People simply will not trust the result. And that is FAR more dangerous than four more years of Bush. If he had won cleanly, I wouldn't like it, but I could live with it. Not trusting elections, more than any one man, is the true road to dictatorship and a Handmaid's Tale.
Also, American religious mania comes and goes like malaria. To see it in play is disturbing, but not unexpected.
To wake up, after the longest year of my life, to find that lawyers will chose the president again, well, that isn't what I or anyone expected. But that is the case. But thank God, this isn't 1972, when Nixon ran the table taking 49 states.
And unlike 1972, we have the means and tools to organize and fight. Not just the results, but what comes after, whether it's Kerry or Bush.
I would plead with our European and Asian friends, as disgusted as they are by this, they need to remember Americans are insular. Most will not ever travel outside the US. Their opinions are discounted. Americans think America matters the most. And, I fear, they will come to find out that is not the case. But most of the Americans you meet and who live in yuour countries, worked very hard against Bush. They've seen the world and they understand it. Instead of raging against Americans or sending them condescending letters, encourage them to see more of the world, so they can get beyond the suburb and office park.
Remember, Goldwater was defeated because of Vietnam, which Johnson then led us into. But all this whining and angry is stupid. It's not over and may not be over for a while. What we cannot do is quit.
My god, I know some of you are young, or new to politics, but change takes time. It took ten years from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the Civil Rights act. It may well take eight years to hammer the GOP back. But we will fight that fight, together and organized. And with better tools and we will all be smarter.
No one got the America they wanted without struggle, not just one election. So stop crying in your beer and do some reading. Find out how we really built this country and people who suffered to do so. You not getting the right candidate is not the worst thing that has happened. They used to hang black people for looking at white women. We're a better country than that that today, and we will be better after this mess is over.
Yes, I'm worried too. But we're a little older and wiser. And I hope you enjoy that $50 gift certificate when they decide this mess. But you told me how you contribute and if you continue to do that, well, you'll feel better. You did Clinic Defense. You may have to do it again and get up early on Saturdays. We all must sacrifice.
And there is a mayoral election for us next year, and some really good candidates. And a stadium to opppose.
Politics never ends.
OK, after a long year, a major illness and a long night, I'm going to post lightly today and maybe tomorrow. And to be honest, I'm going to post up non-politics as well. Why? We all need a break for what comes next.
However, a couple of things.
Thank you for your lavish support of this site. I am honored to have as many people as do read my words. It's been a source of comfort and support over the last year.
Second, we're going to start to raise money for Operation Truth. They need to be on TV and need to be supported. When that starts, I'll let you know. But while this fight goes into overtime, the fight to end the war in Iraq continues. Our soldiers need our support and prayers and best wishes.
We're going to play Political Machine on the site as well, as soon as the word politics doesn't make our stomachs knot up.
But, for the next day or so, if you have a political screed, send it to me and I'll post it up, as long as it isn't blaming people for what happened. I, however, will be talking about anything but politics for a while. Not disgusted, not angry, just tired of the whole discussion for a while. We've been talking about this election since August, 2003.
Oh yeah, the pcitures will be back. I just didn't want to take the time last night or bother this morning.
Now, excuse me, I have a Roman Empire to build.