January 20, 2005

Inaugural Day Blues

On this dark day in American history (cue menacing music), I will seek solace in this quote from Dan Savage:

"The Republicans have the federal government–for now. But we’ve got Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City (Bloomberg is a Republican in name only), and every college town in the country. We’re everywhere any sane person wants to be. Let them have the shitholes, the Oklahomas, Wyomings, and Alabamas. We’ll take Manhattan."

- Dan Savage, 2004

3 comments:

V said...

Thank you.. Manhattan likes you too!

evilmousse said...

Commiseration is all good, many of us DO need solace after hearing of Bush.. and his trite and selfish calls for unity don't make this any easier, but I really cringe at the emnity I see towards the "red states". We're all more truthfully purple anyway.

I was very proud (and lucky) that Wisconsin went blue, but if the votes were a few spare change thousand different, I'd see my home suffering the slings and arrows too... You'll find many an anti-Bush, even in the deepest reddest parts of Texas, I assure you. And here's the important part... they still want to be able to be proud of their home and not hear it slammed all the time.

I just don't see selling the false perception of a political division along state lines is going to do us any good. In fact, I can see it HELPING Bush if people think that way. I think of all of us, redstates included, as victims, and even those who voted for Bush have my sympathy for what he has and will continue to do to them.

xolondon said...

Well, of course the Savage quote is simplistic. He's just angry like everyone else. I DO believe there is an increasing division between urban and rural. Between those who have experience something outside of their home area and those who have not. Of course there will be little pockets of resistance (of which NYC is now the capital!) and thank God for them!

I actually live in a red state - VA - the hate state as my colleagues call it!