Monday, November 3, 2008

I Tremble For My Country

The American author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams once wrote, "The eyes of the future are watching us and they are praying that we learn to see beyond our own time. They are kneeling with clasped hands that we might act with restraint, leaving room for the life that is destined to come."

Described as a "visionary" by the Utne Reader, Williams’ prayerful hope sums up how I feel this morning, the day before what will be the most-critical election of our time. Maybe any time since Lincoln was elected in 1860. Yet I also tremble for my country as it stands on the eve of electing its 44th president.

I tremble because we stare numbly at a world in crisis due largely to America’s catastrophic wars of choice and “in your face” foreign policy.

I tremble because we live terrified in an economy melting faster than a snow cone in August thanks to the unbridled greed and “grab all you can before someone else gets any” philosophy nurtured by a president who has no moral compass.

I tremble because as we shiver in the cold, early days of winter, a cold, shivering chill runs down our spines when we hear John McCain and Sarah Palin throw smears and platitudes like red meat to starving animals instead of discussing real issues like 11% of the country not working when unemployment claims are added to the number of people who’ve become discouraged and stopped looking for a job, or that 18% of American children go hungry every day, or one-sixth of the country is praying and hoping they and their kids don’t get sick or injured because they have no insurance.

I tremble because we’ve endured eight years of seeing America’s honor in the world torn to shreds, the Constitutional rights that protected us for 225 years from government abuse of power and authority systematically stripped and pillaged, the virgin American ideal of equal justice and equal rights and equal opportunity and equal protection raped repeatedly by an ideologically-driven Supreme Court where one Republican-appointed justice is angry he was born black, a second is a mental midget and a third accepts the far right notion that those who have it are worth more under the law than anyone who doesn’t.

I tremble because if We the People of the United States of America have another election stolen out from under us there will be hell to pay at home and around the world. One of the most laconic women I know told me last night that if somehow McCain confounds the reams of polls and wins, there will be rioting in the streets and “I’ll be out there throwing bricks myself.” Ironically, a deposition is being taken today in Ohio of the man who may have been responsible for the illegal, computerized vote switching and disappearing votes in the Buckeye State in the infamous Ken Blackwell 2004 Presidential Election Vote Switcheroo.

I tremble for my country because there is not enough Loraizapam™ in the world to calm me down if Obama loses. I should be celebrating my birthday today but instead I sit worried, fearful, frightened and trembling.

5 comments:

Pete In FL said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY .....

Now get a grip and relax. Enjoy the day, kiss a beautiful girl, smell the coffee, eat something delightfully sinful.

What will be, will be. History moves on small events, tomorrow won't be.

Relax and enjoy!

Kelly said...

Thank you so much for your last posts. You care so much to articulate your feelings and how they play a huge part in who you are.

I agree that if Obama does not win tomorrow, the WORLD will be let down, as my mother reminded me this morning. Let's all hope for the best and look to the challenges ahead.

It's not over until the lady sings so let's not think the worst but be prepared for change.

Mikiboop said...

There are many of us who have that angry old negative angel whispering in our ears, trying to convince us that we will not get what we need and want tomorrow. But, we MUST be strong enough in our thoughts and positive enough in our spirits to defeat our own dark angels and gain success in our fight for this country.

Please don't let the fear of being denied cripple your work and production to help in this fight. Believe with all of your heart that this is our time. Stay busy, volunteer to help folks standing in lines, volunteer to work the phones or knock on some doors. The best thing you can do to help yourself win this fight is to stay busy working and not let negative thoughts take over your spirit. We ARE going to WIN tomorrow - America is ready for CHANGE!!!

Obama - Biden '08!

Old Bogus said...

Gimme a break! This apocalyptic verbiage is as good any the Repugnants could write!

How fragile do you think humans are? Regardless of which warmongering candidate wins, we'll all manage. We always do, if only because we outnumber the leader wannabes. Think "French Revolution".

Miscellany101 said...

Please don't use the word "frightened". It's just the emotion we've been forced to feel by a shame-less Republican party the last 8 years. I prefer the term "angry" because there are some who even now consider this a race instead of a blow-out.