you're bringing a lot of good bits here, but you're too angry at someone who doesn't exist on this thread. it's hard not to become sensitive in such a polarized system, but you've got to know that youre throwing around as much anger as, say, an anti-war activist. "will you just calm the fuck down, man?" "calmer than you, Dude." sorry for the lebowski tangent.
im not sure if you are trying to label me one of your naysayers of doom spouting about terrorists making unnatural whoopie with thugs in vietnam, but, er, come on, dude. you're seeing things.
what i see is a gutted country (yes, the gutting process has taken place over several decades) in a very unstable region of the world. i see continued insurgencies there and highlt polarized political debate here (all right?) so it shouldnt surprise you that im looking for hope.
yeah im happy about free elections, and im surprisingly excited about the voter turn out. still, if youre breathing a sigh of relief, you may want to reserve some extra 02 for later, just in case.
i am cetainly a liberal, and there is no way that you would ever hear me call you a nazi, unless you suggested it yourself. some liberals have hyperbolically used the term and in no way do i sanction that or any other labeling. but i could pick two or three labels out of your rants, and add pinko commie hairy hippie-lettuce smokin skirt wearin bleeding heart sissy mary to not to mention the worst of all the labels (LIBERAL) to the list of accusatory, unproductive, and frankly unenlightened labeling done recently.
none of which, of course, has anything to do with this thread. there are soldiers dying on both sides . . .civilians, too. i have no interest in suggesting this is a worse human disaster than any other, but that doesnt bring a happy face out from me yet.
if the voting makes you hopeful, then good. me, too. but for me, it's not enough.