Not dead, but angry... I want my country back
I thought I couldn't get any more pissed off about the presidential election.
Turns out I was wrong.
When Palin trotted out the "terrorist" card because Obama happens to live in the same Chicago neighborhood as Dr. Ayers and volunteered for some of the same district educational groups that Ayers also volunteered for ten years ago? Despite the fact that when Dr. Ayers was part of the Watchmen, Obama was EIGHT, and since then Dr. Ayers has gotten a law degree and decided to work inside the system instead of around it?
I'm literally sick, and I'm not putting up with it anymore.
This is the first election where I've felt like individuals might just actually be able to make a difference.
I'm not a Democrat. I'm a registered independent who can't stand my state's current Democratic governor and voted for the Republican running against him every time the election came up.
But I'm disgusted by the cynicism and the manipulation and the calculation the McCain campaign has shown, and I'm angry that I ever supported him in 2000 and 2004.
I want my country back.
I don't want a brittle, short-tempered man who jokes about bombing Iran and whose first reaction to any international incident is belligerence and military force rather than diplomacy left in charge of the armed forces.
I don't want my health insurance taken away and $2500 being expected to magically cover the $10,400 a year it would cost me to buy independent health insurance at today's rates -- which are lower than they would be if the insurance companies knew they had free reign to bill individual users at will because nobody would stop them.
I don't want a team who thinks that women should be turned into voiceless breeding tanks for any rapist to come down the line given control of the next several Supreme Court justices (fact: Palin opposes ALL abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest.)
I don't want the birth control pills that keep me -- a 35-year-old virgin who's got no chance of producing a child -- functioning rather than crippled in pain for a third of my life to be outlawed because they interfere with conception (fact: the Bush White House is trying to put a ruling out there without going through Congress to have funding for birth control pills handled in the same category as funding for abortion when it comes to government support of community clinics).
I don't want a team who collectively graduated at the bottom of their class and had to go to 5 different community colleges to come out with a degree that leaves one of them only able to identify a single Supreme Court case in charge of this nation.
I want my country back.
Obviously, I'm having a hard time writing fics when I'm too angry and scared to sleep most nights. ^^;;; So I suspect Thanskgiving might be the next time you get fic out of me. In the meantime? I'm volunteering for the Obama campaign, because for the first time in my adult life I believe individuals really can make a difference in this election.
I've never volunteered for any political organization before. I want a third party system. I voted for Perot and Nader. I swear I'm not a Democratic shill.
But if you think any of this is important, please, sign up and help make calls. It's not hard. They give you a list and a general survey to ask people about. It takes a minute to sign up and an hour to make a set of calls. That's all. And I hate telephones. I hate telephones passionately. My friends will tell you how hard it is to get me to say more than 4 words on a phone. This is more important than my phobia. This is our entire country's future.
...off to make more calls, because I'm too sick to eat dinner. ^^;;