The election is (mostly) over, and it’s become clear that, barring a miracle, the other folks won. I congratulate them, and hope they have a joyful night full of hugs and victory toasting and party hats.
I’m sad Bush won re-election (although I sure hope he winds up winning it cleanly), and I’m pissed as hell that the anti-gay Ballot Measure 36 passed in Oregon (as did its counterparts in 10 other states).
But you know? The fight goes on. And if Kerry had won, or if Measure 36 had failed, then the same fight would still have gone on. Sure, the playing field might have looked a little different, but our opponents wouldn’t have rolled over and died. They would have played on, getting every victory they could. We need to do the same. And those of us who are far enough left so that we want to transform society, not just win elections – our fight really doesn’t change that much depending on who’s in the White House.
Bush was president last year, and we didn’t despair, we didn’t give up. Next year Bush will still be president, and I for one will not despair, will not give up. Why should I? Nothing has changed.
Get drunk. Get joyful. Get laid, if that’s what you’re into. Get high. Get giggly. Get dancing. Get some damn sleep already. And then get back up, and get active. Get ready to get started, because the next four years will need you more than ever.