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Nov. 7th, 2004 @ 02:42 am Unsure what to do now (x-posted)
The following is an email that I sent to my brother.

I'm very curious about something.

Was your decision to go Republican motivated in any way by some desire (possibly unconscious) to "assimilate" more, especially since we live in such a Republican heavy county? In other words, maybe like a "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" kind of thing?

I feel so lost. I can't see myself registering Republican but at the same time, I'm tired of being on the losing team all the time with the fucking Democrats. The Republicans may not win elections ethically but at least THEY WIN ELECTIONS AND KNOW WHAT TO DO TO WIN ELECTIONS and as far as I'm concerned, that's all that really matters in the grand scheme of things. Like Clinton said, "you can't make any changes if you don't win elections."

I'm also starting to believe that maybe one of the reasons why Chad and I are over is because of my growing "Republicanness" (whether unconscious or not) as I've gotten older and his growing liberalness as he's gotten older. I gotta admit, I've never been a big fan of liberals (ESPECIALLY not after this election).

If I do decide to re-register to vote, I just can't see myself registering Democrat or Republican. And I don't see the point in registering with some worthless third party that's never gonna get into the White House in our lifetimes more than likely.

This election definitely changed me. For the better or worse is yet to be known.

Some quick backround on me - I was a registered Democrat for 16 years up until this past Wednesday. I contacted my local Registrar of Voters office about being removed from voter registration shortly after finding out about Kerry's concession and mailed out my request to be removed that night.

Any feedback at all (good or bad) would be greatly appreciated.
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Date:November 7th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
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I honestly don't understand the desire to vote for someone just to be on the "winning team." Sure, we could have all voted for Bush because we thought he was going to win (though it was so close this time that there was no guarentee). But then what? So we're on a "winning" team we hate? You'd be on the winning side, but do you think that just by having voted for Bush it would help you get to make any changes?

I disagree with the statement that you can't make changes without winning the election. If that were the case, this community would have no purpose, because we would just have to wait out the next four years.

I don't know where you're from so I don't know how close the election ran in your state, but lots of people on both sides made a difference with their vote and every action up until the election. So removing yourself from the voter regestration does nothing. You don't have to identify with either part, but you should continue to vote. But clearly, voting alone isn't enough. But it's something.

The desire to assimilate is there for a lot of people, but if you really believe in something I don't know how you can just give it up to be like "everyone else." I hope that you stick around this group and find some inspiriation/motivation from other like minded people. (But if you "don't like liberals" then I'm not really sure it will be a like minded group).
Date:November 8th, 2004 04:17 am (UTC)
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It's not that I don't like liberals. I've just always identified more with moderates. You're not gonna be able to get things done in Washington if you're unwilling to work with the other side (hence one of the many reasons why Republicans are so bad at running the country and why I can't see myself being one of 'em in this lifetime).
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Date:November 8th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
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Being liberal doesn't mean being unwilling to work with the other side. It just means being more to the left. You can still compromise.

Republicans in general don't compromise. But honestly, if anything that's been a strenth of theirs. When a republican gets in office, they do everything to push their agenda through, fuck everyone else. When a dem gets in office, it's time to try and play nice. And you wonder why people don't want to vote for them.

I think we need a strong liberal. I think a Democrat move (even more) towards the center is a very dangerous move. But then, I'm a liberal, so I have somewhat of a bias too. But I think that's why they're losing voters.