Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Toward Civility

I was cautiously up yesterday. I left my polling place after a half hour wait (my longest wait ever) feeling like I had answered everyone. I answer you, Gambling Mouse, Carson Bighead and W stickers on the cars. Even though I would be a minority in Oklahoma, I answered.

I think I had truly let myself believe that a majority of Americans agreed with me. Evidently, they didn't.

I did write a haiku for my next door neighbor who should have been teaching Psychology yesterday. Our walls are thin and he annoyed me.

Williams spews his pap
Neo-con evil teaching
I cancel your vote.
In the end, my answer was too quiet.
So what now? How can we work together toward the larger principles expressed in the Constitution? I will accept any answers that don't say "suck it up and believe what I do".
I have a friend who is fond of saying that he doesn't teach cynicsm. I like that. I don't want to but it's not easy.
Give me action verbs, how do we come together?

2 comments:

greg said...

We can't. The differences are fundamental and foundational. It is virtually impossible as of last night to differentiate an evangelical from a Republican. The only action verbs I can think of: mourn, weep, repent, lament, screw, drink, smoke...

BTW, I'm not a Democrat either.

educat said...

No, Greg, I know you aren't and I know the reasons you couldn't vote Kerry either. I respect that.

I think it's bigger than being a Democrat. I am not about black and white with no nuance--that's why this election pisses me off so much. There wasn't only one anti terrorism vote, one God vote, there is nuance.

Shoot, when this all shakes down I think I might even be an old school,anti federalist Republican. Anyone care to show me one? I don't see them anymore.