We're deeply depressed. We're oscillating between despair and disbelief. I agree with Scott that it's a decision on morals. One TV commentator said that people voted for good old values. I can't agree. Just as I can't believe Bush is really a Christian, because he lacks compassion and modesty, good old values are not about alienating the world and making everyone feel threatened. Good old values to me are respect for your fellow humans, manners, thrift, responsibility, respect for the rule of law. I look at Abu Ghraib and I don't see good old values. I see fear and loathing of homosexuals used to rally the faithful, and I don't see morality. I read about how the President can declare any US citizen to be an enemy combatant, and can hold them without trial indefinitely, and keep them from legal help, and do things to them that -- well, that are not "torture" because they've changed the definition. But I can't look at this and say, yes, this is right. I can't look at my little boys and say, sons, be proud of this.
It seems to me that "values" are more likely to mean xenophobia. Fear of the Other, fear of those who are different. Fear of terrorists, of homosexuals, of foreigners, of liberals... poor old liberals! They've been losing election after election, everywhere, for years now. But they're still deeply scary, I guess. It seems to me that fear, not values, was what this election was about. I am not an American citizen. But my husband is, and my children are. It's my adopted country, and I'm in some way part of it. So what then shall we do? Get active. Find a good cause -- pro choice, pro science, pro sex education in schools. Pro-something. Anti-fear. We will. I promise.