Blue Days in the Blue State

I’ve kept my yap shut. The feeling that Texans are about as welcome in Chicago as those folks from Ohio is deathly apparent. Somehow, by virtue of my conception and delivery in the Great State, I’m to blame for the travesty that is Dubya.

Make no mistake, I’m not proud of our President. I lay no claim to him, but to shun an entire state and all who hail from it because of this one escapee dunderhead just isn’t fair. The things I’ve heard in the past few weeks, and especially over the past two days amaze me. The blanket statements, the hostility, all sound as ignorant as anything uttered by our Chief. I have had no less than two very physically aggressive verbal attacks in the past 24 hours and many more snide comments shot under the table at me since the wrap up of the election. All have left me stunned.

I’m pro-choice, very centered politically, liberal in lifestyle, well-educated, a professional woman…

And a Texan.

Not an easy thing to be in Chicago these days.

7 Comments so far

  1. tom sherman (unregistered) on November 4th, 2004 @ 9:59 pm

    If a supposedly “open-minded” liberal is callous enough to dismiss you because of the state you come from, he/she is invalidating every maxim of liberals. It’s exactly this pathetic hypocrisy that lost the Democrats the election by a sizeable margin.

  2. Ansel (unregistered) on November 4th, 2004 @ 10:10 pm

    I, too am Texan (I live in Houston) and I’d like to remind you that Bush is NOT a Texan. He is from Maine, and pretends to have the “Texan” values (he has no idea what he is talking about). He’s giving us a bad name, and he’s not even from here…but people are brainwashed into thinking he cares about people.

    Like you, I’m pro-choice, very centered politically, liberal in lifestyle, well-educated, but a professional male. And down here it is not easy either.

  3. Melissa (unregistered) on November 5th, 2004 @ 6:31 am

    Wait.. Bush isn’t from Maine! The family summer home is there but the family is from Connecticut. No one state is responsible for Bush.

    The fact that we Americans assume that every Texan or Mainer(which voted Kerry) or whoever thinks exactly like their political leader is evidence of our lack of tolerance and understanding. It seems lately Americans have been accused of many blanket statements that have no truth to them. Yet we gripe when outsiders make the same blanket statements about Americans. Argh..

  4. davidlc (unregistered) on November 5th, 2004 @ 11:41 am

    I’m a Texan (for 24 of my 36 years anyway), and I’m digusted with the prevailing attitude of bigotry and intolerance exhibited by many of my fellow residents and in fact, others around the country.

    I’m just glad that my county (which includes Austin) went 56-44 for Kerry and we elected several Democrats.

    Plus, I have friends in Chicago, so you have to let me visit!

  5. davidlc (unregistered) on November 5th, 2004 @ 11:42 am

    D’oh! Today’s word is DISGUSTED. I can speel, reely.

  6. Ansel (unregistered) on November 5th, 2004 @ 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the correction, and couldn’t have said it better…

    Excuse me as I’m off to go ride my horse to inspect the 40 acre ranch and oil wells before it gets too dark… ;)

  7. Tom (unregistered) on November 7th, 2004 @ 12:40 am

    i love how no state will claim responsibility for bush. i wouldn’t either.

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