Tuesday, November 9

The other day my friend Lei Li responded to my email forwarding the fake Time Magazine cover of Bush that's been floating around the internet. (In case you haven't seen it, it's the one with a big close-up of Bush on the cover and the words "We Are Fucked" on its blank canvas.) Her response to me was so on-the-money about America right now that I asked permission to publish it. She consented, so here it is:

I've been rather deeply disdraught over Bush's re-election. Least of concern is where we are going, more of my concern is what Americans are made of--how could 51% of Americans have voted for Bush despite the present administration's domestic policies and patronizations (e.g., The Patriot's Act; the abusive use of State Secrecy from case law); and despite the danger that our government's horrifying foreign policy has put this entire country in. The world is a much more dangerous place today after Afghanistan and Iraq, after the Iraq prison mess, after the nonstop kidnappings and killings of Americans and foreigners in Iraq. Bush stuck our hands in a snake hole and yet he's being voted for his willingness to fight terrorism...

Americans are by and large lowly educated, who in an age of unrest and chaos, more or less naturally reached for what is easier to reach for--blind "faith" and phobia-filled "values" over educated and informed decisions.

It's utterly depressing. I feel such disdain over speech of how now we got to stand behind our president, because after all, we have only one at a time. I DO NOT stand behind ANYBODY if that person represents bigotry, intolerance, ignorance, incuriosity, jocky/imbecile zeal, pigheadedness, and dangerously unyielding arrogance.

Yet 51% of us believed that he stood for "values" that we cannot live without. I think 51% of us have become the reactionary majority that is deathly fearful of the multi-faceted, gray (v. black/white), and ever nebulous and complex entity called "truth." We can't handle the truth, b/c learning the truth requires patience, effort (lots of it), open-minded intelligence, tolerance, and willingness to self-critqiue.

So while this majority said that it stood for "moral values," it has failed its moral duty. It elected a president who's by far the most politically irresponsible in recent history. It gets more and more depressing as the days go on... it's going to be a long four years, very long indeed.

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:30 PM

    98 is the average IQ in the united states vs. 102 in italy, yet somehow, i do not see italy setting the world on fire with technological/medical advances, superior standard of living for it's citizens or even making a significant contribution to world wealth (the u.s. has the second highest gdp/capita only to luxembourg - who has the advantage of being the size rhode island). besides, as far as education goes (as it seems to be the determining factor for intelligence according to some), the u.s. leads the world in years of education per adult. we've done quite well for a bunch of dummies. had the election swung the way you wanted it - none of this would be brought up. talk about arrogance.

    it's nice to see, now that it is all over, the east & left coast's true feelings for middle america. i'll be sure to remember this during the next campaign when srah jessica parker is leaving messages on my answering machine everday.

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  2. Thanks for your comment. I don't think that Lei's thoughts really have to do with the economic wellness of the United States and all that we have done worldwide. Rather, I think she seriously questions what Americans are thinking now, what their values and morals are, what their vision is.

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  3. Anonymous8:23 AM

    Responding to the first comment: It's true that the coastal cities do show a tendency to look down upon Middle America, and this is indeed wrong. However, Middle America also has a tendency to exude those stereotypes for which they are ridiculed (I think the best example is the apparent intolerance of gay peoples' rights). As a statistical fact, there are more college-educated people on the coasts. But clearly one does not need education to be smart, or wise, or tolerant. Perhpas Middle America should look at itself in the mirror and ask a question: "Am I really doing what Jesus would do?" Jesus was one of the best examples of patience, peace and tolerance the world has ever seen. Would Jesus vote to keep basic rights from gay people, or any other social group?

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  4. Anonymous8:02 AM

    Just a little thought: shouldn't "after the nonstop kidnappings and killings of Americans and foreigners in Iraq" read "after the nonstop kidnappings and killings of Americans and OTHER foreigners in Iraq"? Semantics, nitpicking, I know. But to an aforementioned foreigner this is precisely what sets americans apart: that even a liberal thinker from the US classifies humanity into americans and foreigners.

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