Now, let me be clear: I don't want to dismiss the power of the positive decisions that Obama has made thus far. I'm really glad that he's going to close Guantanamo and not torture people and talk to Iran instead of bomb them and not take away abortion rights. Really. This is good. It's not enough. Not nearly enough.
Personally, when I hear the word "change," I want MORE. Like, for example, I want us to not bomb Pakistan and kill 19 people.
And I want us to not blame Hamas for the fact that Israel just massacred over a thousand people in Gaza.
Those are just two things I want when I hear the word "change." There are many more, but I can list them another day. It would take a long time.
I'm so tired of bittersweet victories. I'm done with the "bitter." Ready for just plain sweet. I want to know what it's like to taste just plain sweet. Was there ever a time? ...I don't remember.?
And I guess, this is what it feels like to hope. To hope is to feel your heart crushed over and over and over.
And yet, we still hope. Because it is worse not to hope. Not to hope is to have your heart disappear. Not to hope is never to feel at all.
This post is incredibly depressing. I apologize. I think we DO need to hope. I think we just need not to place it in the hands of one man who, regardless of his personal qualities, is now the head of a capitalist, imperialist, patriarchal war machine that calls itself a country. I think we need to place it in ourselves.
One of the weirdest parts of this whole thing is...I'm pretty sure He says the same thing.
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