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So much for my happy ending

Seriously, as I got into my car to drive to work on Wednesday morning, still reeling about the election, and with a growing pit of despair growing in my stomach, this is the song I heard. Avril Lavigne's "My Happy Ending."

There would be no happy ending for the war in Iraq. No end to the deficit spending. No end to the tax cuts for the super wealthy. No end to the polluting of our air and water. "Would you like arsenic with that?" The strange thing is that most of that bothers me, but not at a personal level. Sure, I'd like to be able to take my neice and nephew to a park someday and let them see herds of buffalo, or let them swim in rivers or the ocean without having to fear some sort of bizarre biological infection. And they'll end up paying for most of the tax cuts we're giving ourselves while we still continue to spend, spend, spend. But that stuff doesn't effect me personally. It's all sort of abstract. Until you get to the Supremes.

One of the biggest reasons why I didn't want Bush to win anothe term is becasue he will get to appoint atleast 2 and probably up to 4 Supreme Court justices. With a Republican control of both the executive and legislative branches of the government, he will be able to corrupt the last bastion of social justice in our country. The US judicial system has been the one saving grace to the religious conservatism that has swept our country. Between the Supreme Court overturning the sodomy laws, and the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling on gay marriages, the judicial system has been the only way to advance equal rights for gays and lesbians. And now with Bush and his republican controlled Senate, he'll be able to undermine the court and we will lose any semblance of checks and balances in this country. Just becuase a lot of people agree with something, doesn't mean it's right, fair, or just. And we looked to the Supreme Court to overturn the most hateful and prejudical of these "popular" laws. Bush will have the opportunity to influence the judicial system for a generation by placing right wing justices on the bench. Be afraid. Be very afraid. The darkening storm comes and it will be a long night for gays and lesbians.