Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Being disappointed

Chris makes an interesting point. I suppose that I would prefer to live in a country where most people found the actions of the Bush administration over the last four years to be sufficient reason not to vote for him. Nonetheless, I think that there is something to be said for being in the minority: it means that we have the opportunity to have a part in helping our country to move forward. For example, if there are that many people out there who are so strongly opposed to gay marriage, it means that those of us who prefer equality for homosexuals have not done a good enough job at educating people. I think it's inevitable that gays and lesbians will ultimately have the right to marry in every state, but it's going to be a long process, just as the movement from slavery to equality under the law was a long process. This election just gives us a update on where we are in the process. As progressives, we sometimes get impatient with the rate of change and want to accelerate it by propagating national social policy, but the truth of the matter is that, while that has a certain appeal, it doesn't really change people's minds about the rightness or wrongness of a thing. And the fact that Bush won the election doesn't mean that most of the voters in this country are static in opposition to social change--it just means that they haven't changed yet, and it's our job to do the grassroots work that will help them move forward.