The day after John Kerry lost the election to George W. Bush, I wrote to a friend expressing my sadness and disappointment about the outcome of the 2004 Presidential Election. I, along with millions of other Americans, voted for the Democratic Party and thought I would be apart of the winning team.
Today, four long years later, I rejoice the election of a our new President-Elect Barack Obama, for I believe a brand new day is upon America. Even though gay marriage bans will be written into state constitutions across the nation, I have faith a brighter day is on its way.
And like I stated back then, I refuse to become a silent by-stander, pushed to the fringes of society and marginalized by the ignorant masses. I will keep the hope alive that one day everyone will be treated equally.
Yes, we did!
Below is an excerpt of that letter.
Today we mourn (and rejoice?!?) the new direction in which our country seems to be heading… or is our country already there? Did this past Tuesday slap you so hard your cheek still stinging? The red-ness still lingering?
In which country do I live?
I know my country can’t always be filled with rainbows (well, maybe), roses and sunshine, but I have hope everyday will be better than the last. So you can imagine, I’m not prepared for these dark, ominious clouds the next four years will bring.
I will say this: My feet are planted firmly on the ground, and they will not budge because I have faith that one day we will live in a country much better than the one we have today — one without tax cuts for the rich, one without constitutional bans against gay marriage, one without poor educational programs, one without culture wars and class lines, one where a woman’s right to choose is never threatened, and one where lies (and the liars who tell them) don’t run national and international legistlation and policy.
And, one more thing, if this country and its citizens doesn’t like the noise I’ve started to make, I have one piece of advice: GO buy ear plugs!
I refuse to become a silent bystander who’s marginalized by a poisonous government that doesn’t listen to its people.