The Election Aftermath

Those of us who voted are still alive. I’m assuming there will be mass burials for those of you who didn’t. Just to give you an idea of who didn’t vote – Paris Hilton, 50 Cent (he is a convicted felon, so I’ll give him some slack) and Ludacris. Actually they aren’t even registered to vote, but still had the audacity to participate in the Vote or Die! campaign. It makes you wonder if media whore, Paris Hilton, contributed just for the publicity.

This election has magnified the fact that we are a very polarized nation. Thanks to all who commented on the George W. Bush Wins Presidency post. While your views may differ, I’m encouraged to see such passion.

Margaret Cho is once again right on as to what needs to be done. Those of you who are Democrats, “Don’t despair, act.”

I know that we would like to question the whole of democracy. I can’t believe Bush won either, but there isn’t time to despair. What is needed now is action, not hopelessness. What is important is that there has been tremendous progress in mobilizing people to create change. Remember, more voters turned out this year than in the last three decades. Although it might be said that we can’t expect change overnight, there really was a very rapid shift in the way we view politics. We have become unafraid of voicing our opinions, using our power, pooling our resources, and allowing our differences to aid us instead of keeping us apart.

These new ways of looking at ourselves politically redefine what it means to be an American. It takes what used to be a very passive identity and turned us all into revolutionaries. In a short time, we activated activism, something that lay dormant in many of us and had not been awakened until now. [Margaret Cho]