The meek probably will inherit the earth. They won't have the nerve to refuse it.
posted by Chimera at 6:28 PM
On the news: record high voter turnout!What's their secret? Canada coulda held its last election in a phone booth!
Maybe because Canadians didn't think their vote would change anything? In this one, the choices were clear: More of the same versus radical change. We knew what more of the same was going to get us, and most of us didn't like the path we were on. We've been on this river for eight long years. We could see the waterfall ahead of us and knew the only hope was to paddle like mad. This is a big old raft and takes a lot of us to change its direction.We paddled. We called up our friends and family and neighbors and gave them paddles - after all it is their raft too. Did you know we had that many paddles? We had no idea. Never seemed to need that many before.The current was strong, right enough. But you know, when you get that many folks paddling, you can fight the strongest current.We aren't on the riverbank yet, but I can see that we've changed direction.Maybe, just maybe, we won't go over those falls.Don't stop paddling now! Put your backs into it!
Hopelessness. My main stumbling block in supporting Obama was my own hopelessness. It's interesting that that was the core of his campaign message. Do we dare to hope, when hope has been taken from us so many times in so many ways, that most of us in parts of ourselves have given up daring to hope. I was afraid to hope. What if they knocked him off? Two days ago i got a stress headache because I felt if he didn't win I just wouldn't be able to handle the dissappointment. Well, that is a small word. The crushing heartbreak of hope once again being snatched from us. Now these hard core red states are really a problem. The energies that are held there are not moving. But there's always tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. That tends to get things moving. One last thing. Yah-fucking-hoo!
Yep, yep, yep. But given the depth and breadth of redneckery in this country, I'm just holding my breath hoping nothing happens to him. I think for the first time in a long, long time, people do feel hopeful.
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