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06 November 2004


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Frankly, I just don't know where I am right now. I am still fighting impulses to move to ... Holland? Still angry with the "Christian" right, and yet still remembering the genuinely good and caring people I met in the South who would classify themselves as such.

I guess I'll flip back and forth for a while before figuring out where I fit and where I go from here to help change the course of this country.

Tell you one thing, though: I am not accepting the Monday-morning quarterbacking from people like David Brooks, who say we progressives are closed-minded because we don't understand the "Christian" right and blame them for this. (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/06/opinion/06brooks.html)

As a progressive, I am perfectly willing to live and let live. If they want to believe God created the world in seven days, fine. But I am not willing to host their cockamamie views and bigotries in the public sector. We must have separation of church and state.

No matter what: We have our work cut out for us.


Here's what happened:


So simple, isn't it?


The problem is we're trying to fight faith with logic. It's never worked before and it'll never work with most people.



Yeah, Travis, you're exactly right. I was just reading something over on dKos about that very subject... based on a book I'm about to start reading tonight about the language differences between the left and the right, and how it's getting us in trouble. Well, it's as much about our world views as language, I guess.

The thread is here:


I'm sure I'll have more to say when I've read the book....


I heard Viguerie this morning on NPR, gleefully ticking off the things he says will now happen to put the country "back on track." First, judicial appointments that "won't legislate" (translation: will legislate *our* way), followed by end of Roe v. Wade, no gay marriage, drilling in ANWAR "to reduce our dependence on foreign oil" (hey, how about reducing our dependence on oil, period?), etc., etc., etc.

Next up on my reading list: "What's the Matter With Kansas?" which explores how people in the red states consistently vote against their own self-interests.

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