Saturday, November 06, 2004

When Do We Get To Move On?

Philip Pullman, author of the glorious Golden Compass (I'm not being sarcastic--I thought the book was breath taking), has said that George W. Bush would make a good villain in one of his books. It sounds as if it is was only one thing he said in an interview relating to the release of his new book, The Scarecrow and His Servant.

It is a mildly interesting comment, especially given that Pullman doesn't live in the United States and isn't a U.S. citizen. But everyone has been quoting him and linking to the article, using Pullman to make a political statement for them.

Give it up, people. The election is over. Okay, a lot of us didn't get what we wanted. That's the way the American system works. Move on and pick up your work again. If you think the situation is that bad, then get moving and do something about it. Get involved with one of those schools that's losing funding. Volunteer to help promote reading or writing somewhere. Subscribe to some publication that's having trouble keeping itself afloat because it can't get a grant. You don't like what's going on in Iraq? Write your Congressperson. Write him or her again. Support a service person or an Iraqi relief agency.

But stop your whining! Especially those of you involved with children. What kind of role models are you? You didn't win so you're going to pout and stick your tongues out at the people who did? The whole thing is going to begin again with another presidential campaign in maybe 3 years or even less.

And then we'll get a chance to do the whole thing over again. Personally, I'm looking forward to it.

And that is the end of my political rant. Everyone is doing one, and I didn't want to be left out.

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