Jul. 30th, 2009 09:37 pm
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It's dismaying that one of the things I drew so much enjoyment from and helped give me an escape from pain and frustration (a certain video game I was hugely into) has become another source of frustration and pain.
dieselsandwich: A picture of me with purple hair (Default)
Dear Barak Obama

To be honest, I don't even know when the speech is on tv today. I'm probably not going to watch it (or have already missed it).

This sort of arises from an inability to get excited about you. Maybe I'm just politically burned out knowing the history of shitty presidents or maybe it's the fact that I really don't expect to get any of the things that I voted for you for. Cynicism perhaps? Or just well tuned experience and instinct telling me not to get too involved? Or maybe I'm just tired.

Tired of the United States government (no matter what party is elected) making stupid economic decisions, screwing over the GLBT community, stomping on women's rights, starting wars we can't pay for and ending wars prematurely that will make greater problems for us later, destroying our education system from the ground up and generally just making a giant clusterfuck out of our nation.

Should I really believe you're going to be any different? I knew for a fact McCain wasn't. So I simply avoided voting for him. When I saw you, I didn't think change. I didn't think "things are gonna be different now". I thought "this guy has a 10% greater chance to actually fix some of this shit than anyone else in this election and a 10% smaller chance to fuck everything up even worse."

I'm not playing with wide starry eyed hope here. I'm playing with that last dying ember of hope that looks at everything political through the eyes of a terminal pessimist. Every part of me but one says that you are the same old same old and the country will continue to degrade into idiocy, injustice, authoritarianism and debt.

And that one part isn't going to get her hopes up until she sees results.

So, Obama, after your inaguration, I hope to see you actually achieve something to help one of those problems.

I hope you actually give the GLBT community (even that oft forgotten T segment) a little help and a little bit of rights (Marriage equality and an ENDA for TG folk sound familiar?). I hope you actually stop people from stomping all over the rights the country already gave to us women (abortion ring a bell?). I hope you actually stop the continuing rot of our educational system (as we pay teachers as little as possible while putting our kids into their hands). I hope you do something to stop the downward spiral of our economy (I don't even know what'll fix that clusterfuck. Good luck there).

When I see results is when I'll actually think I made the right choice voting for you. When I see results is when I'll start feeling real hope. You want stars in my eyes like the rest of your fan club? Actually fix this shit. And do it soon before more people's lives are ruined by the mistakes past of the American government.



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Sophia Lafergola

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