November 06, 2004
At a loss because of victory
Ever since Wednesday morning, three days ago, I have been contemplating whether to say anything here about the election. I don't even have a politics category on my blog because I don't usually talk about it. I hate confrontation (uh-oh). I start getting hot, sweating under my arms, and removing unnecessary layers of clothing if someone even seems slightly annoyed with me over the phone. So now I find myself a bit at a loss for words on this subject, for a few reasons. Perhaps it all stems from the problem of being a conservative person in a liberal state who reads mostly blogs that at are least somewhat liberal. I don't want people I know to dislike me, write me hate mail or dismiss me. Yes, I tend to crave approval from authority figures that I respect and just about anybody else. But I think the time has come to confess that I literally jumped up and down with joy when I heard Kerry had conceded and Bush, my candidate, had won decisively. There. Now I've come out of the closet. I am sorry that my joy is at the expense of a little less than half the country's sorrow. Please love me anyway.
I have also wondered whether it is just my personal blogroll that is skewed, or whether bloggers in general tend to be more liberal/Democratic, because the only blog responses to the election that I saw were reactions of disgust or sadness. This despite the fact that over half the voters requested that Bush win over Kerry. I just wanted to put in my two cents' worth of opinion: I'm very, very happy that Bush won. At the same time, I am genuinely sorry for those of you whom this grieves. May we be united on other grounds.
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It's right that you should be able to express your happiness. I don't think any less of you knowing this. Well, maybe a little ;-)
I know why I didn't want Bush to win. Would you be willing to share why you did? I am honestly curious.
Posted by: jeffy | Nov 7, 2004 2:40:12 AM
It's pretty simple - Kerry generally supports everything I oppose, and opposes everything I support. Bush stands the exact opposite of Kerry on just about every issue, so it makes it a very clear choice for me.
Some of the things that are most important to me are
- the value of babies' lives (i.e. I don't want my tax dollars to pay for killing them in utero, nor to have them killed in any way, much less by sticking a scissors in their heads just before birth; and while we're at it let's give the grandparents a chance to say they'll adopt the baby if the woman keeps it, by parental notification. The abortion death rate is way higher than the war death rate)
- the protection of marriage as between one man and one woman (as overwhelmingly approved by all of the 11 states voting on it this election, which joined the previous 37 for a total of 48? I'm not sure on the numbers)
- choice of schools by parents, which would create competition amongst schools and thereby improve schools by necessity to survive
- no human cloning
- smaller government
So that about says it, I guess. That and Kerry's refusal to stick to any one position on issues. I like Bush's steadfastness and conviction, and the way he humbly asks people to pray for him in his incredibly difficult job. And I like Laura, too.
Now off to take a shower and wash off the fresh sweat as I dive headlong into all these amazingly controversial issues I never thought I'd mention on my blog. Thanks for asking, Jeffy. Hope this answers your question.
Posted by: Katherine | Nov 7, 2004 5:38:12 PM
Thanks for your forthright answers, Katherine.
I might throw you some follow-up questions in email.
Posted by: jeffy | Nov 8, 2004 5:32:15 AM
missed you at bloggercon, julie came over...
funny thing is, that although my views perfectly align with your specific reasons listed in your comment, i voted Kerry.
why? because for me, the economic issues are more important than these. I think you'll find many blue collar union folks that although strongly christian, are also strongly democrat also. due to the lack of support of workers' rights by the republicans.
Posted by: enoch choi | Nov 8, 2004 8:02:05 AM
Katherine, I am very happy, too. For the reasons you mentioned - and because I believe Bush is a strong leader who leads with conviction and integrity. Also - I have serious doubts about Kerry's ability as Commander-in-Chief to make sound, wise decisions regarding both the use and support of our military. No small matter in a time of war.
Posted by: Kristen | Nov 9, 2004 12:45:05 AM
Good for you Katherine for getting "out there."
Jor and I voted for Bush for the same reasons. I know the man is not perfect, but better than Kerry imho.
Posted by: Helen | Nov 13, 2004 5:00:30 AM