And she's right. Don't give up. Don't surrender. Learn the lessons and apply them and organize. The mid-term elections are two years away. The time to build a coalition is now.
I conceed nothing until John Kerry does, but I take comfort in the fact that an awful lot of people out there feel the way I do about the whole business.
As for the never-ending losses of the gay marriage issues in various states...putting other people's civil rights up for a vote is just wrong. That shit just wants to make me cry. Imagine if we put civil rights up for African-Americans up for vote in the 1950s and 1960s, good chance they'd lose, too. Can someone explain to me how giving someone else the right to get married impacts you, exactly? Am I missing something here? And don't give me religious bullshit because religion and state are two different fucking things. For the slow people in the crowd, Jesus spelled it out for you: "Give Caesar, what is Caesar's and give God what is God's." If you follow this guy, I don't see how he could be any more clear.
At least California stuck up its middle finger and okayed the $3 billion bond for stem cell research. It's not going to be enough to stop the biological brain drain or help America move back to the center of the scientific world. I suspect that four years from now advances in biology will be happening in Asian and European labs. I can only hope that if there are any breakthroughs, we'll be able to use them here instead of having them banned from importantion (thereby putting such treatments only in the hands of the rich who'll be able to travel). My personal philosophy about stem cell research is this: If you're opposed, no one says you have to take advantage of it if something comes out of research.
I suspect that an awful lot of women are going to wake up too late when the Supreme Court starts taking away their various reproductive rights one by one. Yet another case where the working class may be flat out of luck by the time this over.
But jennyo is right. We have to kick and scream. We have to make our voices heard. We have to remind our elected officials--from President, to Congress, to governors, to state legistlators, all the way down to the Zoning Board in yoru town--that they answer to us. If they begin believing that half the country controls all of the country, it is our job to yank on the leash and remind them that we're here.
I admit. The next four years with Bush strikes more than a little ice into my core. There's going to be an attempt to dismantle Social Security. Be prepared. There's going to be a higher and fast body count in Iraq (Colin Powell has said Iraq has already been lost). Be prepared. Hope like hell we don't march into Iran. Get read to fight the Supreme Court appointments, because you know it's going to be bruising.
I just hope when the next four years are over we aren't a pariah nation.
The only way we can prevent it if like-minded people stand up and be counted. We must continue the fight for justice and human rights. We have to bring to light all the lies we've been told for four long years to prevent any more lies from killing us.
It has to start here. It has to start today. It's not going to be easy. It's not going to be fun. But this is now a fight for the soul and the reality of our nation. As pointed out in other LJs today, it starts locally and grassroots.
Let's do it. And let's be careful out there.
ETA: Thanks ludditerobot for correcting the Caesar spelling. Ummmm, some of us are really tired this a.m. and confused the Ancient Roman emperor with a salad dressing.