I knew yesterday's vote would be rough for us. I read enough about Nate Silver's projections to know that my hopes for a better outcome would be dashed. But it is still incredibly disappointing. Republicans promise to harm the poor and the sick, and they still get elected. Democrats actually provided healthcare reform, and they then stupidly run away from it.
As it is ever, my biggest disappointment is knowing that the faith of my youth has become so tribally Republican that I am not sure they can differentiate between conservative economic views and those of the Christ they worship. I went back and reread my post the day after Bush's reelection, and it is still incredibly timely (to me, at least). (Streak's Blog: One of my darkest days, (PS. American Christianity sucks!))
For the life of me, I just can't quite get my mind around good moral people voting for sociopaths who take great glee in "punching down" at the powerless and the weak. Their religion says to feed the poor and help the prisoner. Their faith says to help the sick and the old. Their vote is diametrically opposite. It shores up power and wealth, and erodes the fragile lives of the poor, sick, elderly, and middle class.
In the last year, we added a puppy to our house, and in the last week, we added yet another rescue, bringing our total dog population to four. I have felt a little defensive about that as some seem to think we have lost our minds, or exceeded some norm for animals. I feel just fine about it for several reasons. 1), our new rescue, Scooby was in a bad place and headed for trouble, and we helped him and his former owners. My vote was to help people, and outside that, I am trying to do what I can in my circle to help people.
And 2), having four dogs reminds me of how much more I like them than people. Dogs bite each other when one is being abusive or bullying. Republicans seem to elect them to office.