|Better Than Yesterday|
To those who voted, this Tuesday, thank you. No matter which candidate we supported, we went out and voted. Yeah, it's probably window dressing for a democratic society according to some pundits, but dammit, we voted the hell out of those booths!
But, I am not happy about why we voted.
I voted because I thought that with John Kerry, at least urban America had a chance. When I say urban America, I am not only speaking of black America. I am speaking for Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Miami. I am speaking for New York. Because when the terrorists come-a-knockin', they're coming to hit us... again. Don't worry, Wyoming because you're going to be alright. I am also speaking of urban America because A Child Was Left Behind. In fact, as public education keeps losing respect, money and teachers, private and parochial education slowly loses effectiveness by taking in more students than their intentions and more families who can't afford it have to float their kids back and forth. But that is an entry for tomorrow.
Bush won, and I'll live with that... if he remembers that 16 acre hole downtown. Or that we got enough to deal with at home. But when the reason for his re-election comes down to moral values, that I cannot keep silent about. If we depend on government to dictate moral rights, we got a moral dilemma. See, the people who voted on this criteria are likely good natured people who look for a common thread that Kerry did not provide. I respect that a lot more than most. Yet, I would bet that they believe that television is warping society (esp. the young) and no one works hard anymore because of advanced technologies and yadda yadda yadda. But didn't we put them there? Didn't we create these shows and suppress topics to the point of combustion when they are finally presented?
So what am I getting at? Well, these social strengths and ills come from us. From our wants, needs and demands. From our hearts, minds and libidos (sexually and spiritually). They were defined from our backgrounds, experiences and environments. From our decisions and the benefits/harms of them. The moral values come from US. Yet, these voters feel that they come from the leaders of our industries and governments. THAT is not the truth at all. Free spirit and lessons of the past help define morality, not the government, the media and not always the pulpit. Yes, we hope they are all model citizens, but they are human just like us. I hear that Bush isn't perfect, but he has strong faith and morality. Oh, really? Isn't that somewhat a contradiction?
Zell Miller must be the Pope.
While you sip that fourth Coors Light and denounce smoking, berate the NBA while watching the University of Colorado football team in action and hold that dear Holy Cross around you neck as you pray that we bomb the hell out of the rest of the world, could you please help me. Define moral values. Because I must be dumb.
Now I'm Angry