Don't let your schooling interfere with your education.
~ Pete Seeger

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day!

Goodbye, George! Don't let the door smack you on the butt on the way out!

Good morning, HOPE!

May this day open a new era in our American story. And may Barack Obama be blessed with the wisdom to guide our nation out of the dark morass of disgrace, dissolution, depravity, and depression that the former occupant of the White House guided us into.


David Carrel said...

I really believe that it took a man with a lot of guts to be in the White House the last few years taking the shots he did because of the war. I know that he did not make all the best decisions or the ones I agree with, but I do think that there was a lot of information we do not know about and he had to act on it while his critics called him all kinds of names. Maybe in the futre all the information he had will be disclosed and we will know a little bit better about what he was going through.
I know you hated him, but maybe we will see later that he was not so bad after all. I am wondering if that will happen with Obama for the conservatives as well. We will see later that it is not so bad. Who knows; time will tell.

Seda said...

I don't hate Bush. I hated most of the choices that he made. And yes, I recognize that he had to make some tough calls. However, as a self-professed Christian, he should have had some pretty firm principles to guide him. Instead, at least until 2006 and often up to Jan. 20, whenever he was confronted with a choice between rich and poor, he choose to help the rich. A choice between courage and fear, he chose fear. A choice between corporate profit and conservation, he chose profit. A choice between humility and arrogance, he chose arrogance.

He's not a bad person. He just made some really, really bad decisions while in office, and people all over the world are suffering because of it.

I hope in the future the information he had will be disclosed. Some of it already has. We know that he lied to get us to invade Iraq, for instance, and that he knew there was no connection between Iraq and 9/11, and that Iraq probably did not have WMD (even though it was not a sure bet). And Bush didn't do it alone. For most of his term - at least until 2006 - he was enabled by a syncophantic Republican majority and an obsequious Democratic minority, and some of the worst legislation he signed (like "No Child Left Behind") was fully bipartisan.

Perhaps worst of all: I don't think there is any act that exemplifies base cowardice more than torture. And Bush not only made torture a policy of his administration, he established Guantanamo Bay as an international symbol of tyrrany and torture, in the name of the American people. I feel deeply disturbed by actions like that.

Sorry to be so harsh.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
~Helen Keller

Reading List for Information about Transpeople

  • Becoming a Visible Man, by Jamison Green
  • Conundrum, by Jan Morris
  • Gender Outlaw, by Kate Bornstein
  • My Husband Betty, by Helen Boyd
  • Right Side Out, by Annah Moore
  • She's Not There, by Jennifer Boylan
  • The Riddle of Gender, by Deborah Rudacille
  • Trans Liberation, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transgender Emergence, by Arlene Istar Lev
  • Transgender Warriors, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transition and Beyond, by Reid Vanderburgh
  • True Selves, by Mildred Brown
  • What Becomes You, by Aaron Link Raz and Hilda Raz
  • Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano
I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His - the Christ's, our