First off, let me distance myself from the people in my musical group. We have no political affiliation and we are pretty split evenly as far as registered dems, registered repubs and indies. Our bass player has some very violent words about the current President on his car, and I think its great. I myself am an independent and I voted for George W. Bush.
I don't like the hatred being thrown by people on this message board towards me and others who voted for the President. And though I wish to understand your point of view and sympathize with you (a part of me sort of wanted Kerry to win), a lot of you are further distancing yourself from people in my category and hurting the Democratic party in the long run (which is something I very strongly do not want to happen).
Let me also take care of some business for all of you who are already getting ready to reply: yes, I am ignorant, yes I have never travelled to a country outside of the Western world, I have not read the Koran (in all seriousness, this is something that everyone who wants to be making informed decisions in the current times should do), I am a very intense hypocrite, lazy, stubborn, apathetic at times, thick-skulled, etc., etc. And yes I do fit very neatly into the queue of Bush voters who have hot heads and lose their temper and make mis-informed, mal-aligned decisions. I am especially ignorant of economic issues and admit that I am uninformed with pretty much the specifics of every issue. I've seen Bowling for Columbine but not Farenheit 9/11. And though I feel I've evened out a lot of these faults by never having watched an episode of Friends or Will and Grace in its entirety, I concede that I have watched every episode of this year's "Real World" and think that Landon is a prick.
I voted for Bush in 2000 and in 2004 and have yet to regret it. I am not a flag waving supporter for the President, I have severe issues with him, but I also have my own reasons for voting for him. I will share some of those.
First, I dislike the war in Iraq and think it was fairly stupid and is probably tied to some economic gain for the United States, along with possibly wanting to set up a Democracy in the midst of the world of Islam. Bush mis-led the people about his reasons for going into the country, but I do not fault him for that. Whatever the real reason is, people would have thrown a shit-fit had he told them, and if a President thinks he is doing something for the good of the country, I do not consider it his responsibility to be completely honest with the people. Either way, I disapprove of the war. I also disapprove of the administrations affiliation with Haliburton, their lax gun control, and the destruction they are causing in the environment. I also do not like the fact that Bush's reading list of the last ten years consists of The Very Hungry Catepillar, the Gospels of the New Testament, Where The Wild Things Are, Clifford, and Mr. Big Brown Bear Eats His Own Shit. The Onion's "Bush Gives an Impromptu Oratory on the Minor Works of Virgil" pretty much hits it on the nail. Also, as a practicing Catholic, I do feel threatened by the Evangelical movement that keeps its hands tightly gripped to Bush's coat-tails.
But I also have strong beliefs and opinions about abortion, education, "family values" (I already hear your groans and I don't blame you), the war on terror, health care, and etc. My beliefs in those areas very closely align with the President's. As a tutor of homeschooled children, I have a very passionate opinion about education tax breaks for home schooled children and kids in private schools. And though I do feel threatened by the Evangelical movement the President seems to be a part of, I also feel more threatened by the growing hatred for any Christian faith that many of the "blue states" seem to have. I feel that my religion is not very well understood and very unfairly hated. And I think a lot of that hatred can be found on this message board. Anyway, I could go on, but what's the point? I have my beliefs, have debated them with people an infinite number of times and have absolutely no interest in debating them in a message forum. If one of you were to PM me and respectfully have a discussion with me at some point, I would be very interested. I am very interested in the opinions of the opposition as the only way to truly oppose something is to understand it entirely, and therefore I do not truly oppose nearly anything.
You may say to me that I am just like all the other ignorant assholes in those other red states that drive big pick up trucks, vote on the issues that don't matter and ignore their own suffering for the sake of the issues that don't matter like men kissing men, abortion, and so forth. I would say in response that although I am an ignorant asshole, I do drive a fuel efficient car, and I think that as long as the Democratic party cannot reach out to people like me (a person who often votes for and supports Democratic Senators, Reps, judges, sheriffs, deputy county commissioners, sultans, Journey replacement lead singers but will never vote for a duo with as liberal a voting record as Kerry-Edwards), the Democratic party will continue to lose ground.
I am very interested in a very strong Democratic party. Right now the Democrats are in a terrible position. Daschle lost, Kerry lost, the Republicans gained even more seats in the Senate and House. I do not think this is a good thing, and I personally wish for the Democrats to get closer to "evening" things out next election with the Senate and House. My own opinion is that instead of trying to recruit new voters (this is obviously something that does not work now), the Democrats should be figuring out how to work with the Republicans. I hope the party can, cause I want to see the President's power checked quite a bit.
But as long as the Democrats in the big states can't get past the fact that people like me are Bible-thumping simpletons who don't know what they are doing if they vote for the Hitler-esque Bush, I am only gonna respond with a red dot next to Bush's name and a big middle finger attached to it.
Also, one retaliation to the arguments about the arts and etc: although Clear Channel execs are good friends with Bush, it was Clinton who signed the bill that allowed CC to collect all of the stations they have now. Ironically enough, the biggest opponent of Clear Channel and our biggest ally is a Republican: John McCain. McCain is the man I want in the oval office ultimately, but who knows, maybe 2008?
I'm on a Columbus music message board, I understand and accept that I am in the great minority here, and I think its totally cool. Just my two cents. And no, I never would have had the balls to say any of this to Chuck D.
I hope for the best in the next four years. If you think less of me for voting for this President, I definitely understand your opinion and as much as I want everyone's respect, I wish everyone well and am very sorry to see everyone so upset about Kerry losing. I felt really bad seeing everyone at Little Bros. on Tuesday night so bummed out. It gives me great hope that everyone was hoping for what they thought was the best for this country.
Also: $50 to the first ex-pat from the message board.
It's like, if you're cleaning a floor, and you're up against it, then come to me, and I'll help us clean our floor together.