I’m sure by now you’ve all seen the incident of the Iraqi reporter throwing his shoes at Bush. What a fine example of hate! And what an appropriate target. Below is my favorite version of the incident, complete with Disney music.
I have seen this incident countless times now, but every time I watch it, I find myself thinking, “Gosh, if only that first shoe had hit him in the face”. That would have been so incredibly funny. I can see it happening quite clearly, and my disappointment that it didn’t is palpable.
So I curse Bush’s ability to duck which, after 8 years in office, seems to be the only thing he can do competently. When I watch this and laugh, it is with bitterness rather than the belly-shaking sort of laughter that would spew forth had the shoe actually connected.
Is this hate on my part? Yes, I would say so. But already this story is a bit of history. It does me no good to dwell on it. What’s done is done. All I can do is count down the days ’til this prick leaves office. But then what do I have to look forward to?
In keeping with my new resolve to try to do positive things, my partner and I attended a ‘Change’ meeting at the Tulsa Democratic Party office. It was crowded and we both immediately felt uncomfortable. Perhaps it is because we find the whole political process disgusting. I know I’m not really cut out to be an activist, at least not in the sense of working with the powers-that-be. The word that keeps popping into my head lately is “mainstream”. It’s like everyone is part of this stupid herd, but I’m standing way over on the side shouting for equal marriage rights. And no one hears me.
We ended up leaving early, of course, but I’m glad we went. My partner stood up at one point and talked about how schizophrenic gay people in this country felt on election day. Had she not mentioned it, the words gay or lesbian would probably not have been heard in that meeting at all. We are aware of how many Democrats voted for the gay marriage ban in Oklahoma in 2004. Quite a fucking few.
What the Democrats fail to realize is that a hell of a lot of LGBT people in these here parts vote Republican. And why shouldn’t they? Sure, some of them are racist pigs. Some might be fiscal conservatives. But what has the Democratic party really done for us?
So if Oklahoma Democrats want this red state to vote a bit bluer four years from now, they might want to think about why Okies hate homosexuals so much. As for me, I doubt I will still be living here in 2012 because I’m reaching the point where I really can’t stand it anymore. Or actually, I’m a bit beyond it. Maybe I will try volunteering at my local pride center. It’s the one place in town where I feel like I am me.