The voting of Election Day began about 30 hours ago. And now, on November 3, everyone in my circle of friends is walking around like zombies.
The night lasted far too long yesterday, as projections piled in… And now, George W. Bush will still be our President for four more years.
All we can do now is fight the good fight for the individual issues. Yesterday, the nation did not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, nor forget stem cell research forever, nor agree with the war in Iraq, nor create an amendment to the Constitution for banning gay marriages. The only national impact that was decided last night was who sits in the offices of our government. Maybe we’re one step closer to these things becoming realities (the statewide gay marriage ban results yesterday were especially disturbing)… but they aren’t yet, and that’s the important thing to never forget. The power of checks and balances will become our best friend between now and 2008.
Maybe my optimism is a little too heavyhanded, but I’m a “glass half-full” kind of person. The aforementioned issues should not be ignored, and I feel it’s crucial for the longevity of freedom in America that those of us who care passionately, remain vocal and active. To think that when I have a wife, she will be forced to have the government dictate what she can or can’t do with her body, is insane. Or to think that by the time I have kids, they might have to fight in a directionless “War on Terror,” is crazy. Round Two goes to the Bush administration. Best 3 out of 5?