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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Where's that Hand Basket at Already?

I have been trying to think of a not-so-vile way to comment on the events of the past few days, but I am failing miserably at it. I think for the first time in my life I have completely lost faith in humanity, or, at least humanity’s capacity to think in any deep or compassionate way.

It is amazing to me that most of those 58 million voters who cast their lot with Bush based it on “moral reasons.” So, I want just one of those folks to call me up and tell me exactly when, in the history of Christianity did the priorities change. When did Jesus’ message of Love, Compassion, Grace, Forgiveness and Faith morph into one of Judgment, Anger, Hate, Greed and Exclusion? I guess that comes from God Bless America, and screw the rest of the world.

Now, I know it sounds as if my beef is with a religious group when it should be with a political party, but when there is no discernable difference between their agendas, and in fact, when one is clearly driving the other, I refuse to separate them.

I do remember a time when you could best describe the Republicans as “Fiscal Conservatives.” When they were the voice of less government and more spending responsibility. But now, it seems that Republicans only want less government when it comes to drinking clean water, breathing clean air, keeping corporate thieves out our wallets, giving our children a well-financed education, or ensuring that medical care isn’t just a fallacy to all but the wealthy. Now, the place government is meant to be, is, of course, regulating the functions of our body, defining the validity of human relationships, dictating parameters of our children’s religious expression,any protection of privacy from the government, and by all means, we need government to tell us what not to read, watch or listen to.

I, unlike the other 55 million people who voted much like myself, have a 27-month reprieve from this administration. I get to go Africa and escape what Bush is calling a “mandate” for more of the same. I am putting my money where my mouth is, and I couldn’t be more grateful. My only regret is that I can’t take all of my truly compassionate compadres with me, and that it isn’t for 48 months.

Please, if you have anything redemptive to say, say it here and say it now. I need it!