i don’t want to be flippant about voters who feel separated from the DNC, who feel like they really want to vote for a democrat for president but feel as if they weren’t given a good enough reason, or didn’t feel that they could back Kerry’s ideas on policy.
that said i keep seeing a lot of “you democrats are calling republicans names and are bush-bashing and i just can’t stand for that.” on some level i understand that. calling people “redneck” and “hick” and “stupid” don’t bring us together. in the public sphere it would really do the liberal side of things a service to cut that out, and make those products of frustration and disbelief more private speech.
however as pete says,
and i see this evidenced every time i am accosted with graphic pictures intended to be pictures of aborted fetuses, when i am screamed at by old white men holding these pictures, everytime i visit an anti-choice website, a evangelical christian website, a hard-right conservative site or listen to christian radio, which i try to do on a regular basis. why do i do this? i want to see what’s going on. i want to be informed. and when you do this, you get to see what national organzations think about me. i am a babykiller, i am a feminazi, i am a heathen, i am immoral.
on some level i don’t care, because the bulk of this is based on the teachings of a god i don’t believe in, so in my mind it doesn’t apply to me. but i guess it does when policy is being made on it.
the point here is the fact that both sides say nasty things. but i think the conservative population has an advantage here on two levels: most of them agree that i’m an immoral babykiller, and their version of the bible backs that up. but more importantly, conservative are far better at keeping their name-calling relatively inside the private sphere.
current listening: Beck, Loser