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Words of hope

Several people I know have told me that they're thinking of leaving the country if Bush wins. Some are just joking, some not so much.

Traveling to Berlin changed my outlook on American politics. The people of Berlin saw the rise of a tyrant. They saw the demise of civil liberties. They saw their country perform acts of evil. They saw their city bombed to the ground.

The saw the rise of the Cold War, where we were a thin margin away from nuclear war. They became the focus point: their city divided, families split by a few miles and unable to see one another. Those in West Berlin lived for forty years surrounded by a hostile power.

And they stayed.

Though it took a long time, their hopes were realized. They persevered through the Nazis, the devastation of World War II, and the Wall, they survived, and now, they are thriving.

And here in America, we've had our horrors: the effective genocide of Native Americans, slavery, concentration camps for Japanese citizens during World War II, McCarthyism. This is not our darkest hour--and when that hour does come, we will need you.

"So let me ask you, as I close, to lift your eyes beyond the dangers of today, to the hopes of tomorrow" - John F. Kennedy, addressing the people of West Berlin, 1963

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17 comments to Words of hope

  • Wow! Of all the political crap I’ve read today and of late, I really appreciate this attitude. You have made my evening happy again – thank you.

  • part of me agrees with you.. the in the trenches activist. i agree with you 100%.. but the big chicken shit in me is thinking.. hmm.. load up the cats, the computer.. a few necessary supplies, i could be over that boarder in less than a days drive.. ;-)

    but yeah, i get it. totally, really. i understand. ‘must have the courage to change the things we can’.. 4 more years of change? can we. i think we can.

  • Amen to that, man.
    The attitude to “flee” or “roll over and die” is a widespread problem here in the states. Every little fight with/for our government counts in some way. We have to endure the hardships and wield hope as our greatest weapon to a better future.

    Preach it, Agthorr.

  • Thanks very much for posting this. You’ve articulated something I haven’t managed to.

  • I don’t know about the rest of the people mentioned, but I’m planning on fleeing because I’m expecting homefront war. If Bush wins, I give us about 12 months before we get booted from the UN…

    • I’m actually expecting the Chtorr war scenario. No, not giant pink/purple worms devouring people. I’m expecting that the rest of the world will finally get sick of the US doing what it’s doing and say “no more” and make it stick.

  • I appreciate your sentiment, and it has done something to cheer up my morning.

    The part I can’t get over is that I’m living in the same country with others who feel that public health care, equal rights (eg. gay marriage), and the separation of church and state are bad ideas. This isn’t an external conflict, like Nazis in the streets… this is a problem with America’s soul.

    *sigh*

    (But I voted, and I’m not leaving.)

    • I’m not going anywhere either, but this is the point that really makes me wonder whether another country would be better for me. I’m an American because I was born here. What’s to say that this is the right social environment for me to live in? I really want to be proud of my country, but I see very little reason recently.

    • This is a case of the difference between perceived and actual American Pride.

      Perceived American Pride = pick-up trucks, gun racks, KKK membership

      Actual American Pride = compassion, humanitarianism, common sense.

      America’s soul is certainly tainted… tainted with the inflation of our collective ego over the last century or two.

  • This is not our darkest hour–and when that hour does come, we will need you.

    “And it shall light our darkest hour…” (Cue bad 80’s ballad rock music…)

  • I’m waiting for the neocon backlash around year 3.

  • thanks :)

    Your sentement is much appreciated. I considered leaving the country as well…My mind naturally gravitates towards the darker corners of this subject. I am not looking forward to what lies ahead, but I will be staying here after all. I was feeling ashamed earlier today, to be from this country. It was disheartening to see so many people supporting something that I find so glaringly flawed and misguided. I shouldn’t forget though, that there are almost as many people who also made a choice against that very thing. It would truely be a shame if too many more of them left.
    ;)

  • Wow. I’m trying to catch up on my LJ reading and this post is wonderful. I’m so glad I’m not alone in feeling this way, but I should have known we’d have similar views. I made a very small, and far less eloquent, comment to the same effect in my latest update post. We shall stick together and stick it out.

  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

    Since Canada is such a cool place (cheap prescription drugs, legal gay marriage, etc.), check out this map of a potential North American restructuring: http://www.sharethesatire.com/satire/index.php

    Seriously though, I am committed to staying here until two things happen. If Roe v Wade is overturned. I refuse to live in a country that will let me have as much sex as a man only if I have the responsibilty of inescapable motherhood should a freak accident occur. If the draft is reinstated because we start to take over more countries. I refuse to live in a country that would try to force me to support the war by giving it my life.

    Dan is right though. Bush did not win by a landslide by any means, which encourages me about the state of our country. And we have all of the smart, urban areas. HAHA.

  • also forgot to say that NOW is selling v. funny stickers & pins that say: “Don’t blame me I’m from a blue state.” and “Don’t blame me, I voted for Kerry.”

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