Stages of Grief

It's hard to believe that it's true, that fear and hatred and intolerance have won out over progress and peace and tolerance. I know it's difficult for many of us to live in this country right now, especially those of us who reside in 'red states'. I really do feel that part of all of us has died. We started this country on such high hopes and great ideals. Since then, the minority has always pushed for the evolution of our society, while the frightened and self-righteous majority stubbornly clings to their security blanket of faith without evidence.

Even among friends, there are some who voted for fear. I asked one of my friends recently who she voted for. She said Bush. I asked her why. She said, "Because of terrorists, I guess. They're some scary people." I just nodded my head sadly at that point. No use using logic to dispell the illogic of voting for a warmonger who creates terror because one is afraid of terrorists. What could I possibly say to her and all the others who, despite the facts of botched policies in Iraq, degraded civil rights and individual freedoms and the evidence of deception to fool us into thinking those actions were right or different, still support this administration? Sadly, we can not use logic and evidence to convince those who said yes to four more years of repression, war, deficits and lies.

Even so, I am proud of those who stand strongly in the Reality-Based Community. We know it's always an uphill battle to bring real change and progress to the world. There will always be those who back the Hitlers and the Mussolinis and the Milosevics and the Saddams and the Sharons and the Bushs. Unfortunately, those people who stand alone in their dissent of any of those 'leaders' are repressed, portrayed as insurgents or radicals or heretics. Thankfully, those societies that support murderous regimes come to grips with reality at some point. Unfortunately, it takes a horrible fall for the country in order for that to happen. Is that our fate? Do peacemakers now have to pray for catastrophy in this country so that the blind will see? I pray they begin to see without that happening, but what else will open their eyes? So far, nothing sways those who refuse to look. Thank goodness for those who were once supporters and then began to see the light. Especially those who worked within the system and now find themselves outside of it, by choice or not, because they dared to cry foul.

Sorry Everybody is a site for all those who would like to apologize to the world and let them know that almost half of us (or more, depending on whether you believe the election results are real) see reality and know the truth. Click on 'gallery' to see the pictures and submit one of your own if you are so inclined. I sure can empathize with the man who shot himself at Ground Zero over the election results, but for the sake of my world and my country and my family, I will never ever give up. I hope all of you are well, and that you are not giving up either. We need all the logic and love and tolerance right now that we can get.





Going to Florida

I know I've deserted this blog somewhat recently. I've been busy on another blog, reading and adding commentary, as well as adding to guestbooks in the local newpaper online. This feels more satsifactory to me lately, as I've felt the need to be with those who can relate to where I am now.

My excitement level about this election has revved up considerably this past month. For the most part, I feel confident of it's outcome. There are always those nagging fears, though, that no matter how many people want this to happen, no matter how diligent we are in getting people out to vote, no matter how many people are making sure the voting goes smoothly and legally, there will still be massive disenfrancisement and fraud.

I'll be going to down to Palm Beach County tomorrow with a huge group of folks to GOTV. We'll be knocking on doors from Saturday through Tuesday, then flying back to DC overnight. I imagine we'll be a tired bunch Tuesday night, and I hope, a joyful bunch.

I am concerned aobut our reception in Florida. I do hope the people of Florida don't feel angry about so many people coming to their state to get people to the polls. I hope they don't feel we are intrusive or pushy or that we think they are less than capable of getting out themselves. I hope there are those who welcome us because they need help getting to the polls or are reluctant to go there in light of the harassment they may feel will happen if they go to vote.

I can't imagine waking Wednesday to four more years of this nightmare. Therefore, I need to focus on the positive. To visualize my joy Tuesday night. To see crowds in the streets laughing and crying and hugging each other with joy. To the great sigh of relief so many of us will sound upon the news of Kerry's win.

It stuns me that there are still some people who think, despite every fact and news article and revelation, that Bush is a good president for our country. I think really these must be people afraid of change. That is the only explanation, as far as I can see. To some people, the disaster they have must be more con=mforting than the unknown factor of a new president. Someone told me or wrote to me recently that if they allowed a guy to drive their car, and he put it in a ditch, they sure wouldn't hand the keys back to him again. Damn skippy. I'd say the "Fool me once" line Bush mangled so badly on camera, but I can't. See, I didn't vote for him in 2000. He didn't fool me then, he doesn't fool me now.

I'm taking a deep breath and blowing out those fears of four more years of shock, betrayal, abuse, scandal and shame. I now take a deep cleansing breath and breath in the comfort these four years will soon be history.



Apparently, the pressure worked. HUD has backed down and allowed new provisions for abuse victims safehouses.

thanks to all who helped the process.



Homeland Security Fails Again

Once again, the Homeland Security Department attacks the wrong people. Now, domestic violence victims running for their lives are being outed by bad policy. The department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is requiring that aid organizations publish information on all homeless people. This means that women and children staying in safe houses will have their information published on a list which can be accessed by hundreds of organizations.

Stop this senseless act by going to Stop Family Violence and sending a message to President Bush and Secretary of Housing, Alphonso Jackson.