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The 3 paragraphs below are a reply I sent this morning after I re-posted Bill Maher's comments about how Democrats are disappointing friends, but Republicans are deadly enemies. While I am working on longer diaries in my spare time during my job search, I wanted to share this because I desperately want to help send positive messages this election. We need it now more than ever because there is so much frustration, fear and hate flying around out there. Please note I re-worded a few sentences to make my appeal slightly broader.

I don't have any money to donate to campaigns right now since I'm unemployed, but I do want to help. I hope that what I've said below persuades a few GLBT people to get out and vote.

I have included a link to the original article as well for proper reference. Thanks to any & all who read and reply.
Gay voters angry at Democrats could sway election

I know everyone is angry. I'm angry, too. Now... what are WE going to do besides scream and yell about what THEY are not doing?  There was already an article on this morning with the headline "Angry Gay Voters Could Sway Election."  Let's not give millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered voters as many reasons as possible to not vote and just sit it out waiting to see if the GOP takes back Congress. That is cutting off your nose to spite your face.

I have messages in my mailbox every morning with all the reasons I need to be pessimistic, angry and resentful. I get all the reasons I have to be miserable and resent my government for letting me down, but we already have the Tea Party fulfilling that role.  Instead, I sent my absentee ballot this weekend where I voted for Democrats. That way, we can keep them in office to really pressure them. For example, by following through on vows to hunger strike instead of going on cable TV to vent (something better done in private because in public it makes you look small and petty). Or organizing marches through the congressional districts of Congressmen & women who oppose legislation guaranteeing protection for our civil rights. Or encouraging all our friends to make sure to vote Tuesday, November 2nd. We can inspire people with our faith, hope and resolve to action instead of alienating them with our rage and bitterness.

I'm not into raging against the machine. I'd rather we did something to inspire people and persuade them to reconsider their prejudices rather than attempt to bully them into seeing how we're right. Let's leave that to the Republicans, please. I've lost my temper and reacted out of anger here before and all I accomplished was to make things worse. Let us not let our anger get the best of us because that only brings out the worst in us.

Originally posted to Gay CA Democrat on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 12:16 PM PDT.

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