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Looking at Teresa Nielsen-Hayden’s thoughts
on the election
from their weblog Making Light has made me feel a
little better. As usual with (P|T)NH writing, the emotional is
stripped out and the pragmatic focused upon. Interesting discussion of the tools of
democracy. A quote I like:

Get real, vote real. If you want to make changes happen, you have to
get your guys elected. Deciding the whole system is corrupt so
why bother, and/or casting symbolic votes and protest votes for
non-starter candidates, is like wasting your ammunition on symbolic
volleys that don’t hit anything. The other side won’t be impressed, and they’ll still be aiming their own shots at you.

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Tomorrow, as they say in movies set in the burning of my city, is
another day. One of the things I’ve wanted to do is to study up on the
Civil War battles of Atlanta. In my neighborhood are historical
markers pointing out spots of significance. On my way to the polls
Tuesday I passed another. I’m one of the 17 Americans who has never
seen any of the Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary. Perhaps I should
watch them and find me a good book or three about Atlanta’s role.

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I found it very difficult to watch the West Wing tonight. The whole
thing with the openly and unapologetically liberal president winning
reelection was a stark contrast to our world, where the liberals
pretend to be conservatives, fooling no one and getting their asses
handed to them. Oh well, I do like science fiction so what am I
complaining about? When I see this fictional White House full of
people who ache to help people even if it costs them personally, it’s
kind of like reading about faster-than-light drives or time travel –
impossible things that are used as literary devices.