So you know the classic stages of dealing with disaster – denial, bargaining, anger, despair, acceptance?
I was in denial briefly. Went around telling everyone Wednesday morning that it wasn’t over yet, even though I knew it was.
Skipped bargaining entirely. Skipped anger entirely.
Can’t seem to get out of despair.
The thing is, it’s not Kerry that lost on Tuesday. It’s the Enlightenment Doctrine. The Wingers didn’t vote against the Left. They voted against Empiricism. They voted against science. They voted against humanism.
They want Theism. They want revealed knowledge. They want Jesus Land. (See this link for the only thing that has made me truly laugh in the past two days http://kenlayne.com/2004/11/jesusland.html .)
And Bush has no plans for uniting this country. He’s making that clear already. Flush with vindication, he’s charging ahead. What’s left for us on the left? You know, the people who think that the truth is something you find through reason and actual education, that the best cure for bad speech is more speech, and that fixing things is better than bombing the hell out of them?
I don’t know. Keep talking. The best cure for bad speech is more speech. Keep teaching. The truth will set us free. If he is wrong – and he is wrong – don’t we have to trust that everyone will see that eventually?
I suppose we just have to hope that there will be enough of our country left when Bushco is done with it for it to matter. Maybe there will be. It doesn’t look good at the moment.
I’m still in despair, mind you, so don’t mind me.