November 03, 2004
How did this happen? It seemed like it was going our way. The choice was so clear; as close to a choice between good and evil as has ever been seen. I guess there really are forces unknown. A majority of people (apparently) that I will never understand.
It just seems so unlikely, so beyond comprehension that the popular vote - the majority of voters - in this country would go for Bush. By a margin greater than in 2000. Especially now, after everything that has gone down. Considering everything we know about this man and his administration. Are these people brainwashed? Is it just that they are afraid? Is it a national paralysis brought about by the politics of fear?
Everyone joked about leaving the country if Bush was re-elected because no one really believed that it could happen. After being elected in 2000 under such suspicious circumstances, how could we allow this mistake to be perpetuated - by popular mandate? I cannot believe that John Kerry could lose by a greater margin than Al Gore.
Living in New York, maybe it's easy to lose sight or perspective on the country as a whole. When everyone you meet feels as passionately as you do about getting Bush out of office, it's easy - maybe too easy - to forget that there are rabid supporters of Bush hunkered down all over the country who will vote the party line no matter what the cost.
This from 1972 when Nixon, mired in an unpopular war, swept the election even as the Watergate investigation crept closer and closer to the Oval Office. It seems appropriate today as well...
... This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it - that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.