November 4th, 2004


"Give me the songs of a nation...

...and I care not who makes its laws."

Who said this? (Or any of the half-dozen variations of it?)

That's my take on all this political whining. Just get off your patootie and make a difference in society and culture, and it won't matter who wins.

I've had more than enough political squabbling for one day. Or a month, maybe. Let me just say for the record that I think it ridiculous that people whine about how "democracy doesn't work" just because their guy, the RIGHT guy, the guy who SHOULDA won, etc., didn't win. This is what democracy is about. There is no right, there is only a winner.

I'm ambivalent. On one hand I'm thrilled Bush is back, but only because he'll get a shot at appointing a Supreme Court Justice and making some strides in getting something done about abortion, which I believe to be intrinsically immoral, along with murder and stealing from 7-Eleven. On the other hand, I know that he isn't the brightest crayon in the box and has screwed up royally in other areas. (But as I've tried to explain to many an individual, it doesn't really matter in the end, because to me a legacy of 40 million babies far outweighs any number of unjust military incursions.) But oh God, help us, he is a moron. (Oh please please pretty please don't start an abortion debate. Yes yes I'm an ignorant intolerant fundamentalist right-wing nutball who hates women and you are a very educated and open-minded person with logic and morals far beyond my feeble grasp.)

Anyway, I'm not even American. For all practical purposes, Bush is probably better for my economic situation, since Kerry would probably trash our FTA with the US, thereby thwarting my plans to abandon my own country in pursuit of the American Dream.

I love what Cameron Strang wrote about it all in Relevant:

Over the last 20 years, the religious right has tried to legislate Christianity back into American society. Do I want a nation that stands for godly values? Of course. But do I want to deflect that responsibility onto our elected officials and rely on them to enact change in society? No. That's the Church's responsibility. That's our responsibility.

I wish I could get my religion out of my politics. It would make things so tidy. But I can't. It's who I am. To be honest, I would've been just as relieved if Kerry had won (see reasons above.) And on a certain level I am disappointed.

But in the end:

Micah 6:8
He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

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