Yesterday there was to be a peace and justice rally and/or vigil in Esther Short park in Vancouver at 2:00 pm, as was announced on KBOO and listed on indymedia. What happened was that 5 people showed up, and one of those was just passing by. The event was in some ways national, and was partially cancelled due to lack of noticeable election fraud right away. In Ohio, there was still apparently some rallies or demonstrations planned.
So five area dissidents gathered for about an hour to discuss the mild form of fascism that the U.S. has wholeheartedly endorsed--mild at home, brutal abroad. Actually, two of the people there were there just in case anybody did show up, so that they could tell people that the event had for the most part been called off. Myself, I expected there would be 20-30 people, if not more, being Vancouver and all.
Due to time constraints, I can't go into detail here, but I will say that I'm still numbed by the election results, and that I believe the best explanations are psychological--that is, there is a unique collective impulse that compelled people to go out and vote for the Bush ticket. And I must say that I believe this impulse is based on sympathy for the man, who appears to be very much struggling with himself and the things around him, in a psychological sense.
Also, the two ladies there discussed the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid's Tale, which I haven't read but which sounds good. And of course this made me think of the really big issue which we all have to consider: are they going to try and mandate what a woman can do with her body? This may be the crux of the next four years.