Maybe I'll add some more opinions soon. I have a lot of them (as you already know if you've ever met me...)
Posted after the 2004 presidential election.
Don't blame me. I voted for Kerry. I've officially lost all respect for the American voting public. I heard on NPR today that the populous states (NY, CA) thought the most important issue in the election was Iraq. They voted for Kerry. The central states, by and large, thought the most important issue was "moral values." Which is the Republicans' code phrase for "not letting other people live their lives in peace."
These people are so frightened that two people of the same sex might love each other that they're willing to sacrifice our international reputation, the economy, the environment, and our budget at the altar of their obsession. I'm sickened. By my standards, the morals of the people who have made that choice are appalling.
I'm tired of people with values of hatred, intolerance, and small-mindedness claiming that they're the one with morals---as though the rest of us don't have any. Guess what? We do. Generosity, integrity (the anti-Bush value), tolerance, and compassion. (Though I must admit I'm feeling mighty intolerant of intolerance at the moment.)
The country finally seems to have come to its senses. I hope that the new Democratic leaders are able to work in a bipartisan way to repair some of the damage that has been done to our country, and to our national reputation, over the last six years. I don't believe that the Democrats have all of the answers, but I do think they're trying to ask the right questions. If nothing else, the minimum wage should increase soon, after 9 years of the rich getting richer and the poor being stepped on.