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I can't believe I've remained politically silent for so long, when the US is coming apart at the seams and we are an embarrassment to the rest of the world. Things are so bad right now that I have been spending a lot of time pondering all of the issues and feeling really keyed up and even depressed. For example:
President Bush, who we never elected, stands to be handed a second term. If we elect Bush, we are essentially saying to the world that the US is a rogue nation with no respect for anyone else, and we like it that way.
Ralph Nader, who I have always liked, is letting us down by insisting that his personal crusade is more important than the well-being of the country. He's going to run for president even though his doing so will practically hand Bush a second term. I am hugely disappointed in Nader's failure to do the right thing and step aside. I have lost all respect for him.
We are still at war in Iraq. Yesterday I read the quote "Last year's Iraq war" in a newspaper....last year's war? We're still there. People are still dying. Two of my friends are on their way to Bagdad within the next month. There is still a war in Iraq, and most Americans don't even know it. (After doing a Google search on "Last year's Iraq war" I found that many articles have used the phrase.)
There is a monumental battle being waged by radical fundamentalist christians to impose their values and will on the rest of America, and when it comes to the massive infusion of hate-filled christian ideals into our laws and government, they are winning. They don't seem to care that the US was built on the idea of separation between church and state, and really seem to believe that their god wants us to subjugate and kick the asses of anyone who doesn't agree with us. That fact that so many Americans are stupid enough to follow this kind of leadership is really distressing.
Politicians are blaming the sorry state of our children's education on the teachers and schools, threatening to take away funding from schools if they don't meet "standards." Bush's appointed Education Secretary called the National Education Association a "terrorist organization" for trying to get the No Child Left Behind laws revised in a way that supports school's efforts rather than punishing their shortcomings. I want to know when people are going to start holding accountable the people who are really failing our kids: their parents. Our underfunded and understaffed schools are already doing as much as they can.
On the bright side, right now homosexual men and women are waiting on the steps of the San Francisco City Hall to be justly married. At the same time, there is a hate movement in process that proposes a consituation amendment which will limit the rights of Americans (only done one other time in the history of our country, prohibition), by disallowing same-sex marriage. I think that at some point in history, we are going to look back upon our legally-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians in complete horror, but I wish that day would come sooner.
Anyhow, I have to take Pixel to the vet for his puppy shots now, so I have to end this rant. But there will be more...
Posted by Dawn at February 25, 2004 01:44 PM