Monday, November 01, 2004

Never give up, never surrender

Well here we are on election eve, and the air of anticipation is intoxicating to an almost unhealthy level. I have been voting for 30 years now, and there has never been an election like this one.

To many of us, it seems as if our country as we know it hangs in the balance. But in my heart of hearts, I know this is not the case. If Bush wins, a month from now will likely be little different than today. Moreover, if Kerry wins, after the exhilaration of winning wears off, it will be obvious that what he won was the right to try to govern a house divided, with a Congress opposed to him, and with his military involved in a truly inextricable quagmire on the other side of the globe.

Regardless of what happens tomorrow, we must promise ourselves that we will never let our country fall into this situation again. Regardless of a Kerry victory or a Bush victory, we must continue the fight. After a week or two of catching our breath, we must continue to battle the right wing zealots for the soul of our country.

We are in this position now, in Iraq now, in this economy now, in this healthcare situation now because we let our guard down. We are fighting Republican Rubella because we did not take the time to get inoculated against this disease in the past. And believe me, this disease is a killer, and it has become and epidemic through our own negligence.

The Republicans are in power today because they do the mundane things very well. They are organized. They work hard in the "off-season". They raise money. They work the media. They work hard to turn people who you and I love into objects of revilement and hatred. They work hard to turn words you and I use to call each other into profane denunciations. (If there is anything I would love to accomplish in the next 4 to 8 years it would be to reclaim the word liberal as something to aspire to).

It is said that in a presidential campaign, the candidates try to win every minute of every day. They try to win the morning news shows, the daily talk radio shows, the daily cable shows, the nightly news shows, and the late night comedy shows. Well we must keep that tradition up for the next 2, 4 , and 8 years or else this tide of reactionary thinking will not be turned asunder.

In the meantime, viva Kerry y viva the Democratic Party