Day 2: still feeling like shit…

Yup, it’s true. This election result still stinks to high heaven. Lots of interesting stuff out there in the blogosphere. Some of it is just crackpotted lunacy of the sort that I’m used to hearing from the so-called left. These folks had calmed and quieted down a bit in the interest of not jinxing the Kerry campaign, but now they’ve been unleashed.

Probably the most popular sentiment being expressed is that Kerry won. From an Electoral College standpoint that might be debatable, but close to 4 million voters throughout the country preferred Bush to Kerry. If we were outraged that “the will of the people” was thwarted in 2000 when Al Gore carried the popular vote by a half-million then I clearly do not see how anyone can feel good about making much noise about how Kerry deserves to be in the White House when he lost by 8 times the number of popular votes that Gore scored.

The other line that’s been interesting to follow has to do with the youth vote. Apparently all the news networks were full of it when they declared that young voters (between 19 and 29) didn’t turn out for this election. According to AP there was a 9% increase in turnout for young voters compared to their turnout in 2000. That still means that most young folks were probably spending Election Day smoking reefer and listening to rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s not the horrifyingly disappointing turnout from the youth we were led to believe happened. I still hate the kids though, and I’m officially blaming the next four years on everyone under 30.

Why? Because it’s certainly easier for me to handle than blaming the next four years on MASSIVE HOMOPHOBIA.

What, exactly, are people in the red states so darned scared of anyway? Haven’t these people watched Queer Eye For The Straight Guy? I mean, c’mon folks. In the last few months I haven’t been able to stand watching Queer Eye… because it just depresses the shit out of me. Every week the Fab Five take one very sloppy straight guy, teach him how to dress, how to shave, how to style his hair, how to decorate his house, how to cook, how to dance, etc. and at the end you always end up with the most tear-jerking genuine emotional displays that may have ever been broadcast on network TV. I can’t stand it anymore because, well, I don’t really have any close friends nearby anymore, and I certainly don’t know any guys who’d put their arms around me and make it their job to show me how to improve my life. Cripes, the last episode I watched was about this elderly widower who’d spent the last seven or eight years of his life caring for his very sick wife and had let his own life sort of go to pot. The Fab Five come in, spruce up his house, sort out his wardrobe, take him to a Pilates spa to help him get in better shape and show him how to honestly and openly thank his best friend for sticking by him through his wife’s illness. They walked this guy into his renovated house and he started crying. After that I was just useless to the world. I wasn’t crying, I was weeping. Sure, so-called reality TV is junk, but Queer Eye… at least isn’t about competition or anything at all mean-spirited. It’s basically about love. *sniffle*

So again, what the screaming fuck are these people in the red states so damned frightened of? Sure, there are plenty of obnoxious, libertine, immoral homosexuals out there, but the last time I checked they weren’t represented in ratios any greater than are found in the hetero world. The five most morally backward people I know are all as hetero as the grass is green. And the most libertine person I’ve ever known (and I grew up in the SF Bay Area and lived in San Francisco for three years, just so you know) was a middle aged, dyed-in-the-wool Republican.

More to the point, why aren’t these people at all frightened of the way the Bush Administration has been angering the rest of the civilized world at us for the past four years? I observed last night at dinner that the USA is currently just a few hairs shy of occupying the same international political realm that the USSR did during the 1980s – diplomatically untrustworthy, unilateral, environmentally dangerous, militarily adventurous, politically and socially monolithic, etc. Bush is slowly turning the US into a continental fortress, and the problem with locking yourself behind a high wall is that not only can you not see what’s on the other side, people on the other side cannot see you, and that makes you both frightened, edgy and likely to accidentally lash out at one another with little provocation.

I highly recommend Maureen Dowd’s column in the NY Times today. I think she nailed with these two paragraphs:

The president got re-elected by dividing the country along fault lines of fear, intolerance, ignorance and religious rule. He doesn’t want to heal rifts; he wants to bring any riffraff who disagree to heel.

W. ran a jihad in America so he can fight one in Iraq – drawing a devoted flock of evangelicals, or “values voters,” as they call themselves, to the polls by opposing abortion, suffocating stem cell research and supporting a constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

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