… to be an American voter today.
I’m not excited because I’m a “Democrat”, and I really don’t care about the partisan red/blue stuff that usually reaches a hysterical pitch every election day. I agree with many who are sick of all the finger-pointing. But I do feel deeply disgusted with our country’s leaders, and in fact my dissatisfaction with our government has reached the point where I can barely stand it anymore and don’t even know what to do. I feel simply relieved right now, because I see that a large majority of my fellow citizens have come to the same conclusions I have.
Our current government has betrayed our trust and performed below any reasonable standard of competence, and today we took the first steps towards solving this problem. Democracy worked today. We just elected ourselves a new government.
Yeah, the same clueless liar is still sitting in the big chair “deciding”, or whatever it is George W. Bush does these days. But I am hoping for fast, aggressive moves by our new Congress against Bush administration policies and processes. The guy’s a lame duck, finally, and not a minute too soon. Please, Democrats, don’t let me down — decisive action from the new Congress cannot wait.
I voted at 8:45 this morning at P.S. 139 in Rego Park. The volunteers working the tables vastly outnumbered the voters, but maybe that’s because Queens, New York has always been bluer than the sky. I couldn’t have voted for a Republican congressman if I wanted to; there was none on the ballot. Yeah, I guess I’ve got Democratic partisanship in my blood, but I really don’t think today’s election was about party politics. Voting for change today meant voting against the war in Iraq, against the shame of Abu Ghraib, against the botch-up that’s currently taking place in Afghanistan (and the failure, after five years, to catch Osama bin Laden), against the failure to help in Darfur, against the federal government’s incredible refusal to rise to the occasion when New Orleans was devastated by a flood. This is why I have been so angry, and this is why I feel so proud to be an American today.
Okay, enough blog-babbling and channel-flipping and Daily-Kos‘ing — I’m going to get some sleep.