November 4th, 2004


...And more...

These are mosttly just thoughts I'm trying to organize for my own purposes, but I'm not doing a cut, because I would be happy if any of you fine folks wanted to offer some input.

How do we reach Christians who fear that their way of life is at stake? There may be literally millions of people who believe that Kerry would have outlawed the bible. They've been lied to, and we know that. But they're not going to trust us when we tell them.

Can we close the "gun gap"? By which I mean, can we moderate the most rabidly anti-gun segment of the progressive movement, and try to find common ground on this issue? I believe we will never win over working class rural voters unless we can. And I've seen progressives turn sharply right just because they enjoy shooting, and felt unwanted by liberals because of it.

Where do we learn to spread virulent memes like the bad guys do? "Kerry is a flip-flopper." "Kerry is the most liberal member of the Senate." We never nail them with sticky tags like that. Should we? Do we lose our souls if we do? Can we win if we don’t?


Due to my education level, modest French proficiency and status as a trained massage therapist, it looks like I probably could emigrate to Canada...

Just sayin'.

Fourth verse, same as the first!

OK, last post of the day (I think). I really don't do this very often.

Please go here and read a very moving and intense dose of rage (if you have the stamina, and could use some commiseration to help you with your personal venting process). I found it a very beautiful (if painful) expression of how it feels to live on the Big Red Target, knowing that most of our neighbors voted Kerry, and yet knowing that the less dangerous parts of the country went with the Fear Ticket.

Interesting contradiction, huh? But it also stirred up some controversy from residents of Red States who voted Kerry. I can see how they feel, too. It's got to be hard for them to hold the line in hostile territory (and, hell, I live in Virginia, after all.)

I think this whole thing underscores how hard it is to keep open the lines of communication between the coasts (including the "Great Lakes Coast, " if you will) and the middle. We are the people who have boats! They have tornadoes! Perhaps our disparate interests are irreconcilable? I hope not.

Also, I hope I'm not starting a slow slide into insanity here. Updates as events warrant.