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Friday, November 5, 2004

surely more to come

The city is starting to snap out of the depression I think. I've lived in this town all my life and Wednesday was the worst I'd seen it since the first Jordan retirement.

I guess the popular vote margin was actually closer to three or four million. Forget that burst of optimism at the last post, fuck them all. Someone pointed out what makes this election so awful, it's not just that these are policy differences, they're fundamental, existential issues here. We don't disagree on where America should go, we disagree on what America *is*.

"Now that I've got the will of the people at my back, I'm going to enfoce the one question rule...oh yeah, Iraq."

-George Walker Bush, 11/4/2004

This is the charming guy everyone would like to have a beer with?

I'm really, really disturbed by the conventional wisdom on why GWB won the election. I actually prefer to think there are a lot of swing voters out there that thought Bush was much better on terrorism, that's moronic, but it's a lot less malevolent and vile than the petty hatreds that are based on the proscriptions of Israelite scribes five thousand years ago. This is the only place in the Western world that thinks such proscriptions are a working model for a government. And they think *we're* on the side of the Islamic psychos. I don't want to hear another damn word about "moral values". Morality is a somewhat broader concept than why it's bad for boys to kiss other boys. It's immoral to rape the earth, deny decent compensation to the working and care for the ill and the injured based on market principles. It's immoral to kill tens of thousands of people for the crime of not embracing democracy. My moral values are better than yours, you diseased maniacs.

I was at a meeting of young progressives Wednesday night, trying to figure out ways to reach moderates, if there are such people, in the evangelical universe. I'm in the camp that says we've got to learn to speak their language and try to understand their beliefs better. I hope they're not reading this blog right now though, because right now I also think we need to adopt the maxim Sean Connery had in the Untouchables: You want to beat Capone, you shoot hard, shoot fast, and shoot first. They bring a knife, you bring a gun, they put one of yours in the hospital, you put one of theirs in the morgue. That's the Chicago way.

I've been writing this play about political activism for the last few months, my friend and American Demigods managing director Tom asked if I thought the play would be any different depending on the outcome of the election. I didn't think so, but yeah, that was totally wrong. It's going to be a rather more *angry* play now, I'm thinking.

Henry V is out and Hamlet is in: "From this time forth, my thoughts be *bloody* or be nothing worth!"

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