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by jeanne charters
I am a person who runs way ahead of deadlines
always have been.
Even in grade school, I would race home and get my homework done so
that I was free to go out and play with my friends. Dont know
why I am that way. It wasnt really pressure from parents. It was
pressure from me.
Thats why as the WNC Woman December deadline came and went, I
was shocked to realize that I was not going to come close to meeting
it. Oh, my God. I had writers block! That just doesnt happen
to me. But happen it did, and I couldnt figure it out
Then, suddenly it hit! I am depressed over the results of the Presidential
election. I still do not believe it. I may have been the only person
on the planet who fully expected a Kerry landslide. Not just a win
just a respectable margin
but a genuine landslide.
How could it be otherwise? John Kerry was a decorated war hero; a distinguished
member of the U.S. Senate; a brilliant debater; and apparently, at least,
a man of high moral fiber and impeccable honor.
He was running against the bubble boy
the most isolated
and out-of-touch President in our history
a man who prides himself
on never reading a newspaper and who insulates himself within a web
of cronies and supporters. Further, this was a President who just plain
did a lousy job. I neednt remind anyone about the deficit, the
feet dragging after 9/11, the invasion of the wrong country (oops),
and the grandiose posturing on the flight deck while wearing a tailor-made
flight suit with private parts pushed up and out for all the world to
see. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED the banner said. Mission Accomplished, my
great aunt Fannys arse. Try telling that to the moms and dads
who have lost their children since that silly posturing last March.
Or should we take a look at all the lost jobs right here in North Carolina
and across the nation? The lack of concern for our air, our water and
our forests. The pandering to big money and big business on the backs
of the middle class in this nation.
Look, maybe Im bitching; but you know what? It feels good.
It seems to me that the only positive thing we can take from this crazy
election is the fact that we must get smarter
fast! This Presidents
campaign manager is a Machiavellian genius who can take any positive
fact about an opponent and twist it right around the adversarys
neck. It was brilliant that they were able to find enough disgruntled
Swift Boat vets to mount that cruel and invective campaign. Of course,
it was supported by the very folks who will benefit financially from
4 more years of this mean-spirited administration.
Ive been reading everything I can about what we are supposed to
do for the next 4 years (or longer unless the Dems get their act together).
I take solace in listening to Stephanie Miller, Al Franken and Ed Schultz
on the radio. Since I am a talk radio junkie, it feels good to hear
people I can agree with, rather than Rush and Reilly. Funny, isnt
it that these guys idea of morality seems to include Oxycotin
and phone sex?
Leonard Pitts wrote of a truly Christ-like president, Jimmy
Carter, whose vision involves building homes for the poor, mediating
wars, feeding the hungry in Africa and fighting disease in Latin America.
I am a Christian, too. I go to church every Sunday and try to put my
faith in action through work within my community. However, I just dont
get the zeal of the neocon Christian whose primary focus appears to
be on homosexuality and the womans right to choose. Abortion is
ugly, I agree. I would be with you on your pro-life stance if all the
old white guys in power would agree to adopt every unwanted child born
in this nation. Or, at least, if they would support educating children
in regard to reproductive reality. I would really like to hear from
some of you so that you can explain that to me because, in my view,
Jesus who said, Feed my sheep has now been reduced to little
more than a Republican shill. I dont think my Savior would like
So, what do we do now? Gandhi said, We must be the change we wish
to see in the world. Lets start with being even better Christians
or Jews or Muslims than we have ever been before. As the song said,
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. At
this time when I, an American of good will, feel more powerless than
ever before in history, I will stop praying for the W impeachment
(which I believe will happen) and will start trying to understand what
kind of divine plan is in the works to make this a better planet. Once
I figure that out, I intend to work my butt off for change.
Since I do believe in Divine Providence, I also believe that the ways
The holiday of Christs birth is fast approaching. Lets use
that time, more than ever before, to love one another and to heal wounds
caused by this nasty election.
And remember this
Everything works out in the end. If it
hasnt worked out
it isnt the end!
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