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    hops are bitter. life is bitter. coincidence?

    Friday, October 29, 2004

    The Invisible Majority

    I consider myself a closet activist. I have strong political opinions (which I prefer to label as "progressive" as opposed to "liberal" or "leftist"), but I generally keep them to myself. Part of this is a result of conditioning - I work in the Financial Industry, which is typically very conservative and intolerant of diversity - be it social, political or otherwise. Part of it is my nature - shy, self-conscious, and chronically cynical - even of my own opinions and motives. This year's election, however, compels me, not only because I believe there is so much at stake, but because I am utterly incredulous that the race could be so close.

    Who represents this slim majority of voters who plan to vote for Bush on Tuesday? I expect born-again Christians and dyed-in-the-wool right-wingers to blindly follow their usual pattern, but that shouldn't overshadow the Americans who feel betrayed, used, and misled by the same man who was duly elected by the U.S. Supreme Court back in 2000. Why hasn't this man been impeached? Why aren't people standing outside the White House on a nightly basis shouting indignation at this administration? Aren't 1,110 dead soldiers enough of a touching homage to one's father? Isn't 7.4 Trillion Dollars enough of a debt to give to our children as a legacy of arrogance, isolation and greed?

    I don't get it.

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