hannasus (hannasus) wrote,

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Without a doubt, singled out, the only way I know

This morning in the car I was listening to a mix I'd made a while back that has Green Day's "Minority" on it, and I started to feel good for the first time since Tuesday night. It left me feeling energized, and even a little bit hopeful. It made me remember how I felt all through high school and college, during the Reagan/Bush years. There's something empowering about being in the minority, something brave and exciting. We're not sheep, blindly following the leader. We've got a clear vision, we know what we believe in, and we're not going to stop fighting for it.

So we lost. So Rehnquist is probably about to die and who knows how many other justices will retire in the next four years. We'll get through it. It feels like this is darkest political period in recent history, but it's not. I mean, we re-elected Nixon, for crying out loud. We survived eight years of Reagan followed by another four of Bush senior, we'll get through this, too, and we'll fight another day. Hell, Kerry wasn't even really my candidate. He was always too moderate for me. Maybe next time the Democrats will really come back fighting and give me a progressive candidate I can get behind whole-heartedly. They've got to figure out eventually that running to the center isn't working for them, right? I mean, why vote for a Democrat who's indistinguishable from the Republican? They'll figure it out, they have to.

I'm not usually a lyrics-posting kinda gal (song fics? give me hives), but I'm gonna post the lyrics to "Minority" because it made me feel strong again, and maybe it'll do the same for someone else out there.

I pledge allegiance to the underworld
one nation under dog
there of which I stand alone
a face in the crowd
unsung, against the mold
without a doubt
singled out
the only way I know

I want to be the minority
I don't need your authority
down with the moral majority
'cause I want to be the minority

stepped out of the line
like a sheep runs from the herd
marching out of time
to my own beat now
the only way I know

one light, one mind
flashing in the dark
blinded by the silence of a thousand broken hearts
"for crying out loud" she screamed unto me
a free for all
fuck 'em all
"you are your own sight"

I want to be the minority
I don't need your authority
Down with the moral majority
'Cause I want to be the minority

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