Electile Dysfunction: The Final Chapter

Yeah, I'm disappointed. Not terribly surprised, but disappointed. You see, the majority of Americans were, are and probably always will be scared of anything they consider different than themselves. Therefore, it's really not all that surprising that a campaign that played up to two of the biggest fears of the early 21st century (terrorism and - GASP! - gay marriage) ended up walking away the winner.

I think this proves just how out of touch the Democrat party is with most of the country.* The truck driver from Mississippi, the hog farmer from Oklahoma, the evangelical minister from Louisiana... they don't care about tax cuts and health care and budget deficits. They want to be protected from the suicide bombers, and the homos, and probably the homo suicide bombers, too. The Democrats tried to run on a platform of change. People, by and large, aren't interested in change. Change is different, and therefore bad. They're interested in the preservation of their way of life (even if in some cases its pretty hateful). The Republicans understood that and were able to capitalize on it.

Furthermore, I'm thinking the constant celebrity proselytizing didn't help matters for the Dems, either. When celebrities aren't on the screen, the stage or the playing field, most Americans (and I include myself in this group) really could care less about what they think. Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn are brilliant actors**, but people are sick to death of constantly hearing them preach about one subject or another. Fahrenheit 9/11 was a decent film, and it brought up some very good points, but Michael Moore himself is the biggest detriment to his own cause because he's such a raging, arrogant asshole. And unless you have the looks of a Leonardo DiCaprio or can hit as well as Barry Bonds (BALCO!) to back up that arrogance, no one is gonna tolerate you. And even if you do have the genetics or skills to back it up, you still better keep your opinions to yourself, because all you're good for is looking pretty or hitting baseballs, chumpy.

Okay, now I'm rambling. In the end, I guess I'm mostly bummed the guy I voted for didn't win. But that doesn't mean I'm going to capitulate or pack up and move to Canada or anything (though as Erin said, "Canada is lovely this time of year."). Ultimately, I have no choice but to do what I can on however small a level to work against the current "us vs. them" mentality currently so prevalent here in this country, even if it does make me a "bad American" (which someone actually called me once. Isn't that lovely?). It seems kind of hopeless, but I'm still naive and idealistic enough to think one person working on a grass roots level can actually accomplish something. I'm sure that'll be beaten out of me someday, so I should work with it while I still can.

I just feel sorry for anyone in this country who's gay. Or non-Christian. Or poor. Scientists will have it pretty rough, too. And teachers... librarians...

Oh, bother.


*I'd argue both parties are out of touch with reality, which is why I don't consider myself a member of either one, but hey, no one listens to me.

** Well, okay, Penn is more of a whiny, overwrought "emoter" than an actor, and he never should've beaten Bill Murray for the Oscar, but he's notable and vocal, so I had to include him. Begrudgingly.

2 comments:

Dorian said...

Man, us poor, gay non-Christians are really in trouble, aren't we?

Bill said...

Well, only if you had any designs on being treated like an American citizen, Dorian, with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and all.

Obviously I'm kidding (I hope). I don't think they'll be sending the Sentinels out for anyone who's poor or gay or non-Methodist (the President's specific denomination, IIRC) or non-white or whatever their view of what a "model American" should be, but I think it may well get worse before it gets better. I mean, I'm a straight, white, married, more or less Christian male (and yes, kinda poor), and I'm still scared.