Tuesday, January 31, 2006

oh, Goddess. We're fucked.

Samuel Alito was just confirmed to the Supreme Court, 58-42. (hat tip, Shakespeare's Sister.)

America just moved a huge step closer to a Christian theocracy. Wonder how they treat Wiccans in the Greek islands?

Sadly, given my financial status and family obligations, that wouldn't be an option anyway.

[/escapist fantasy]

The politics of regret

So I've been thinking a lot these days about where I fall on the political spectrum, and where I go from here.

Up until recently, I've considered myself a Log Cabin Republican-- I identify as bisexual, am socially liberal, but I consider myself fiscally conservative. I had hopes that the good things about the Republican party (emphasis on small government, limited taxation, a strong military, and individual responsibility) could be somehow reclaimed from the far Right. I voted for Bush the first time with a clear thought that I was doing the right thing; I voted for him the second time with great trepidation, and only after agonizing over the matter at length. My decision was tipped by the consideration that I felt he would be the leader most likely to see the Iraq war through in a strong and efficient matter, rather than letting our soldiers linger and twist in the wind.

Oh, how wrong I was.

It's a bitter pill to swallow, but I admit my grave error. The more research I do, the more I read, and the more events in Washington unfold, the clearer it becomes to me that Bush has utterly abandoned the core Republican values in favor of theocracy, making government more intrusive and spending insane amounts of money on all the wrong things. He has lied time and again, thus completely invalidating my original understanding of him as a man of integrity, albeit one with which I did not completely agree. Our soldiers are stuck in a no-win situation (cf the body-armor travesty) while Bush kowtows to people (Dobson et al.) who would cheerfully burn the likes of me at a stake.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. My eyes are open, but what now? The Disgruntled Chemist recently wondered if there was hope to be had in the Green Party. It's a good question, akin to my dilemma regarding the Log Cabin Republicans. I think, on the whole, that I was also wrong in thinking that there was any place for a moderate Republican voice in Washington right now. At best, the LCR's are going to get a little lip service from BushCo., but let's face it-- how much weight can any LGBT-aligned group carry with the homophobes?

There's also the question of numbers, and that applies to the Green Party as well. Odds are against getting an acceptable Republican candidate to vote for in any given election, and those that are moderate are, at present, politically hamstrung. A vote for Green might only drain votes from the Democrats, thus putting more unacceptable Republicans in office, which strikes me as condition-critical right now. But, as noted everywhere, the Democrats right now are pretty damn spineless.

It's a heck of a quandary, and I've got to figure out where to make camp in short order. But something has to be done.

So, hate me if you will for waking up late, but at least I'm there now.

First post, and a good spot for the rationale behind the blog.

I've got several years invested in Livejournal under another name, but that space is primarily a function of my participation in online fandom as a writer/fangirl of Lord of the Rings, and it is inextricably bound up as a social space where I'm pleased to say I've made many wonderful friends from all over the world. However, in the context of that space, I'm only comfortable talking about the mundane details of my day ("had toast-- the marmalade was terribly disappointing") or fandom things. The social expectations of fandom are complex, and although it's my LJ and I'm perfectly free to voice different opinions (and, in fact, have rather a reputation for so doing), the inevitable fallout is tiresome to deal with.

So this is a space for me to think out loud about current issues, politics, spirituality, and whatever else strikes my fancy, with absolutely no self-editing going on.

And because that all sounds rather stuffy, I did not have toast this morning, and I am sad about it.