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?


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.