My husband and I did two things on election day.
First, we voted, dropping off our ballots at the country courthouse.
Then we drove up to Kirkland to buy a handgun.
Oh, yeah, we voted for Barack Hussein Obama and Christine Gregoire. First time in his life he voted straight Democrat, first time he ever voted for a Democrat for President.
We would have stayed up watching the election returns and drinking champagne, except that the situation the country is in is too grave for that.
And, yeah, it took us a while to find a gun store that wasn’t staffed with nuts. Enthusiasts are fine: I would not want to buy jewelry from someone who didn’t love it, any more than I buy yarn and patterns from people who don’t love fiber. Firearms are no different. But there is a vast difference between knowledgeable enthusiasm and political lunacy.
Of course, the divide on gun ownership and hunting, which was very visible in a lot of the comments about Sarah Palin (and let’s be real clear on this: NO ONE who eats meat that they do not shoot themselves has ANY moral standing to criticize her for hunting) is one of the results of this country’s political and cultural polarization.
The Republican Party lost and lost big because they only thing they had to offer us was four more years of the same and worse: a necessary war in Afghanistan, botched. The Army and Marine Corps wrecked in an unnecessary war in Iraq. The Treasury looted. The Department of Defense and the lack of universal health insurance another two messes. In debt to China and the Arabs as far as the eye can see. Immigration utterly broken. (Let’s get morally and economically serious, folks: we need a wall, then an amnesty.) And they offered us: hate for gay people who want their marriages legally and socially recognized, just like their parents’ were. Hate for immigrants, rather than a revulsion at corporate exploitation of them in order to depress American wages. Hate for all those of us who are supposedly not “real” Americans. Hate for the Russians, who are often resorting to some unsavory methods (although anyone who knows how that country has behaved in the past also knows how much less unsavory those methods have become in only a few years) to protect their vital interests in their near-abroad. And let me not neglect, hate for Barack Hussein Osa-err, excuse me, Obama. Yeah, I got those kind of emails. Also felons like Ted Stevens: been a long time since a convicted felon has been reelected.
Obama can’t save America. President Right is not going to show although President McCain and perhaps President Palin would have been a hideous and unmitigated disaster. But we might have a chance, now.
I’ll be writing about that a little later this week.