I've been reading my friends' journals all day, and my thoughts have been too chaotic to post anything except a couple of quick comments. I only have a few minutes right now, but I feel I need to write something here.
More than one friend has wondered "what do we do now"? The first thing we need to do is to understand what really happened in this election. If we misunderstand, we will probably not do the right thing.
Some friends expressed despair that a majority of Americans actually want the Bush administration to continue. Perhaps it is naivete on my part, but I don't believe it. I believe that the overwhelming majority of Americans are much more decent than that. Unfortunately, many of them don't vote. I think that the silent majority (and sadly, it's still a large majority) of people in the country who didn't vote would be solidly against Bush, but that's not actually waht I'm talking about right now.
I do not believe, I do not accept, that a majority of the people who voted actually support what the Bush administration has actually done and actually plans to do in the future. I think the fraction of people who would really approve of what Bush has actually done, if they actually knew and understood it, is tiny. Perhaps 10% of the voters.
What happened in this election is that the most untruthful administration in American history was allowed to get away with it by the most debased American press since the invention of radio, if not since the invention of America, and actively and deliberately promoted by a significant fraction of the media that the people relied upon for what they thought was truthful information about the candidates.
The only way people who have values that make sense to me can win against the unholy alliance between corporate greed and Christian fundamentalism that is today's Republican party is to find a vehicle that lets average TV watching church going Americans see the truth that the Republicans have gotten so good at hiding.