You don't have to be a bad person to drive drunk, or vote for Bush, but it helps. Both behaviors are also extremely difficult to forgive. It doesn't matter if you open the door for old ladies or volunteer at a food bank or give money to worthy causes. If you're running over someone's mother or voting a terrorist into the most powerful office in the world, you're negating a whole lot of good karma. According to exit polls many of the people who are voting for Bush are doing so on the basis of morality. I thought that it was a typo or a joke (Maybe a unique case but I don't consider lying to the entire country multiple times, allowing the torture of prisoners without trial, awarding federal money to corrupt and evil institutions that were once run by your boss or refusing to acknowledge that you've ever made a mistake to be a sign of strong moral character. In fact I think it sounds like one of those horrible 8 year old boys who you just know is going to grow up to be an asshole who beats his wife and children and drifts in and out of jails.) Then I realized it wasn't a typo, it was a word choice error. They didn't mean morality, they meant religion, two things that are, at times, diametrically opposed.
Bush has the fanatic vote. The ignorant obedient sheep vote. The vote of people who believe in a big man in the sky who created the world and chats with old George on a regular basis. In other words the vote of the sorts of people who drive to church on Sunday hung over from the night before, not bothering to think for themselves and realize that both the booze and the sermon are crutches to keep them from thinking and feeling like adult human beings.
If Bush wins, and the paranoid part of my brain, the part that reminds me that one day my father didn't come home from work because he was dead and that tells me that no woman has or ever will love me, is screaming that he will, it will be a victory for ignorance, paranoia, and stupidity. It will be a victory for short-sighted selfishness and fear mongering. It will be a knee to the groin of democracy and freedom, and may turn into its death knell in America.
Who votes for Bush? The uneducated. The religious. People who live in areas where bigotry and racism are still a way of life. Those who have no respect for people outside their own clan. Who haven't tapped into the metropolitan lifestyle of diversity and global responsibility. There's a reason that the more education you have the more liberal you become. Exploration of the world of ideas teaches us to look through the eyes of other people and come to respect and care about them. Intelligence allows people to see through the simplistic logic of religion and fear. Wealth may imply Republicanism but wealth and intelligence are not necessarily directly correlated. A lot of becoming rich is getting lucky, or knowing how to be ruthless and mean, or having people skills. This world is not a meritocracy. Might does not make right, and cash does not mean brains.
No matter who wins this election gay people have lost. In 11 states referendums unnecessarily banning gay marriage have been proposed and right now it looks like they will pass in all 11. It also looks like somehow the gay marriage debate was important in the presidential race, to the detriment of those who are pro-equality.
I think I'm going to follow John Stewart's advice and curl up in a little ball, in New York, and cry.
For the next four years.