I am an artist. I am a liberal, go figure. I went to art school where we learned the rules so we could break them. I had gay friends, I saw drug use, I protested. I live in Portland, mecca of environmentalism. I have been recycling since 1984. I buy organics, I pick my own fruit and have a garden. I think you get the picture.
What the heck is going on here? Where has everyone been the last 8 years? My income is down, jobs have been shipped overseas, (including animation/art-not just manufacturing jobs). Our environment is not doing well. The war in Iraq, do I even need to go there? Really and truly we need a revolution. Not a violent one, but a revolution of the spirit.
Is it really so crazy to want to protect our environment, plan for future generations, innovate new fuel alternatives, waste less, take care of those who cannot care for themselves, educate the masses and be empathetic? I won't name names, but when I listen to certain parties talk they seem to paint the above ideals as somehow simple minded, and crazy. I beg to differ. I believe that our gluttonous ways and ignorant and self-righteous attitude are very contrary to the very book that these people hold so dear. Why is it that many of the very religious are less Christian than their non-religious counterparts?
As an artist, I believe in protection of rights, the right to express oneself, the right to marry whomever I want, the right to speak my mind. It is a slippery slope when rights are slowly chipped away. If McCain and Palin are elected, we can be assured that our rights to be individuals will not be defended unless we want to carry a gun and believe in very conservative Christian ideals.