Thursday, November 04, 2004

Do you know where you're going to?

Here at SF State - there was quite a scene yesterday -shouting, crying, cursing, walk-outs and protests. The campus republicans had a table set up on the quad. Their Bush Cheney signs upset many students and campus police stood quietly next to their table just in case.

The general feeling here is sadness, disapointment, confusion. But it is a done deal. Instead of wondering or debating about what happened - people should start thinking about what now. Whoever you support, I think most people agree that we are not were we should be.

I am sad to hear people say things will never change. It frustrates me that while many first-time voters turned out to vote for their presidential pick many still remained uninformed about the measures and propositions affecting their state and communities. These are the things that make changes we can see, in our streets at our schools.

Let's talk about the fact that Cali's 3-stikes law was NOT amended. Whether you voted Yes or No - this was an important proposotion. That is the right here - right now. We can't change the world over night. We have to start somewhere. Our own neighborhoods are a good place - don't ya think?

Sabrina Ford, Bay Area - student journalist

15 Comments:

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

[pause]

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

After four years of hearing you people bitch and moan it is so satisfying to see you idiots lose, and soundly. Getting out the vote didn't help one iota. You lost and you do not identify even slightly with the majority of Americans. Get a clue, fools.

Now you know how we felt in '92. Sucks, doesn't it?

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger forrest_mcdonald said...

It really IS all about the here and now. Los Angeles observed many of the same reactions yesterday as you saw in the Bay Area; too many people wallowing in misery and missing the opportunity to turn this bleak moment into interminable inspiration.

Here too, folks voted convincingly for their presidential candidate in record numbers only to stumble through the propositions they had ignored until the night before.

Each of us face a moral imperative (to borrow rhetoric from President Bush) to do three things:

1. Determine exactly what beliefs and concepts we care about so much that we would fight to protect them as we would our families;

2. Participate in municipal politics - city, school board, chamber of commerce, county, and state. Fight for those things most important to you in the venues that will directly affect you the most.

3. Yell Louder. Passionate rationality is our best hope for grasping opportunity and making real changes in our lives.

Remember, there are only 732 days until we have another opportunity to change the Federal Government during the mid-term Congressional Elections.

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger clowny said...

Anonymous, not quite because unlike "in '92": more American lives will be lost in the next 4 years (why? not because of WMDs), more Americans will lose their jobs and healthcare benefits, more millionaires and corporations will get tax breaks, the Deficit will get bigger, the air we breathe and water we drink will be less safe, and people who think moral values is about "us" paying less for gas and "them" being bombed in their neighborhoods can feel like they've won a righteous battle.

I pity you.

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger bm oran said...

I love how this post is about unity and here everyone is bitching at eachother. Oh poor me, no one shares my views, give it a rest. So you (librals) think the war is wrong, while I (could care less what you call me) think that killing babies is wrong. Oh the hell is anyone to say whos right. I live in MN which voted Kerry and now for the next 4 years all I get to do is listen to bitching. That is worse then anything the Presidant will do, a bunch of whinny bastards that think their way is the best way. I don't know that I was right in voting Bush, hell I don't even like the guy that much, but he was better then Kerry in my opinion. I am entitled to that right, my own opinion? So maybe you should go and bitch at the parties and tell them to find people to run that we actually want in office, not some douche bag that is the 'I guess I'd rather have him' guy. I don't think this should be about the liberals uniting together or the conservatives uniting together, it should be about all of us uniting. You can't change things over night so why does everyone keep pushing for the extreames? Lets me in the middle some where and go from there.

 
At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude you can't even spell! No one on this blog has been attacking people as directly and harshly as you Mr. Anonymous!!

love you anyway,
Ms. Anonymous

 
At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feeling blue? I like this guy's idea.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Lisa B said...

BM,

War Kills Babies.

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Overd0g said...

It's so amusing to listen to the phony democrats (small d) when they lose. They are all for democracy when they win, but only when they win. When they lose, it's because the majority are idiots, or "we didn't communicate our ideas well enough", or the "media" railroaded us. Guess what? It's just as possible that people did hear and understand your ideas, but simply disagreed with them. And it's possible they aren't all idiots. Sometimes what you believe in isn't widely respected. Sometimes you are wrong.

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger JoeyPier said...

Lisa B said...
BM, War Kills Babies.

So does abortion only in much greater numbers. What is BM besides a bowl movement?

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger JoeyPier said...

Overdog said it well. Good job dude.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger CleverCynic said...

I said many times leading up to the election that the best a president or representative can do is REPRESENT the majority since we all disagree apparently. I also said many times that if Kerry won that I would be satisfied that he is now right and Bush was wrong. It didn't work out that way, so you guys are just going to have to honor that the way I would have. Of course, republicans will never have as much to gamble on any of these elections because of our self-responsibility platform and beliefs. Not having your ideology affirmed is devastating I know, but you should see it as that, just an ideology. The odds of agreeing with everything down the line of any one given party are slim, and when you do, you should examine that. Look at the jobs report this month. Unemployment also went up even with this huge number of new jobs, this is a GOOD thing, it means that discouraged workers are now encouraged. The worst part of all of this is that none of you will get to mentally enjoy the economic recovery that would have happened no matter what because it wasn't your guy. There's sort of a sadness here. I for one was almost of the opinion that we should just let Kerry win for the same reason as the OJ verdict... because you guys are unpredictable and irrational. After all why do you think we don't want Felons to vote? Christ, you think criminals are republican? You guys should really be like 15 or 20 different parties anyway, all united only in NOT being conservative... this shoe-horning you guys do is terrible.

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger CleverCynic said...

..and oh yeah, Journalist person... don't end with a preposition.

 
At 7:59 AM, Blogger Potfry said...

George Bush was the most beatable sitting president in years, and the Democratic party offered John Kerry as an alternative. Ponderous, overwrought and brahamian, he came across as a poll-obsessed intellectual elitist. In the final analysis, my decision came down to this: listening to George Bush hurt slightly less than listening to John Kerry. This was, indeed, a sad day in the development of American democracy.

When the Democrats figure out what the rest of the country has-- that relying on the support of vacuous celebrities hinders their image-- they'll start to move in the right direction.

 
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