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04 November 2004

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Gina

I have been thinking the same thing. And in fact, I just dropped a long-time committment to make room in my life for the work that has to be done.

In 2000, they caught us by surprise. In 2004, we did all we could -- a still lost. But I'm happy that I took time off to volunteer in Colorado, and take small consolation in the fact that the county in which I volunteered went to Kerry and that Colorado chose to send a decent man to the Senate -- sending Pete Coors home to Golden.

I will not wait until 2008. The work starts now.

Christie

You know, Gina, I actually think that the evangelical groundswell caught the REPUBLICANS by surprise too. I don't mean they didn't put it in motion and do things to support it, but I think that on Monday and Tuesday morning, the Republicans thought they were going to lose this election. I think they were STUNNED at what happened. And now of course, they are gleeful and acting like it was their plan all along. But I don't think so - I think they truly believed (and their ad dollars support this) that terrorism and security were their big issues. Look at how Bush started waffling on the issue of civil unions a week before the election... look at how he said he would NOT make choice a litmus test for a Supreme Court justice in the debate! They DID NOT KNOW this was coming any more than we did.

I know they hoped for some help in this quarter, and that's why they supported these goddamned state gay marriage bans, to activate this base in those states, but I don't think they had any idea it had worked, nor that it would be what pushed them over the top.

So I don't fault us for not knowing, either.

And I agree with you completely, we have to get going NOW, not later, not for 2008, but for 2005! We need to join groups, run for office, and change the way progressives think and speak and interact but NOT sacrifice our core values. If we do that in the name of winning, then the terrorists have won. Er... I mean the REPUBLICANS have won.

Christie

Incredible article here along this theme....

Hello, Uranus? Got Any Room? Must. Move. Away. Cannot endure more Bush. Soul about to implode. Right? Not so fast
by Mark Morford

Excerpt:

"After all, most all of us on the progressive Left feel we truly faced the dragon this election, and we put up a valiant fight and marshaled as potent an army of dissenters and intellectuals and moderates and liberal crusaders and feminists and enlightened activists as possible, considering.

"And we supposedly had more of the youth vote and the disenfranchised single-female vote and the "Daily Show" vote and the Eminem vote and the celebrity vote and the humanitarian vote and the antiwar vote and the gay vote and the pro-choice vote and the Howard Stern vote and the immigrant vote, and still the dragon just sneered and hacked up another fireball of bogus fear and evangelical Christian self-righteousness and torched our glimmering sword of juicy hope into a smoking cinder.

"And now, this. The nation has officially, stupefyingly handed the world's worst president a blank check to do whatever he and his cronies like, without fear of major repercussions or voter disillusionment or damage to an imminent re-election campaign, because there won't be one... . Hell, why stick around for more of that?

"But here's the catch. Here's the tough part to accept. Here's what everyone who's right now on the brink of packing their bags and checking the real estate prices in Vancouver has to know and has to have drilled into their disconsolate hope-crushed souls right this minute, before it's too late:

"You cannot leave. You cannot drop the armor now. Why? Because you are needed, more than ever. You are mandatory to keep the energy flowing, the karmic vibrator buzzing, to keep the progressive and lucid half of the nation breathing and healthy and awake and ever reaching out to the half that's wallowing in fear and violence and homophobia and sexual dread, hoping to find harmony instead of cacophony, common ground instead of civil war, some sort of a shared love of a country so messy and internationally disrespected and openly confused its own president can't even speak the language.

"After all, you don't hand over all your children the first time the flying monkeys bang on your door."

Read it here

You go, Mark!

Gina

I bet Mark's getting a lot of hits this morning. I blogged that piece, too:

http://spadafori.typepad.com/woof/2004/11/hell_no_we_wont.html

c

To use one of GWB's favorite lines.... if we give up now, the terrorists win! Unless we fight for the REAL America, then the terrorists (GWB among them) have truly scared us into a regressive bunch of Bible fundamentalists. (Soooo different than those heathen Muslims, no?)

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