Thursday, November 11, 2004

Sorry Everybody



A few days ago, pi22seven posted a link to a site called "Sorry Everybody." The purpose of the site is explained by it's creators as follows:
Some of us — hopefully most of us — are trying to understand and appreciate the effect our recent election will have on you, the citizens of the rest of the world. As our so-called leaders redouble their efforts to screw you over, please remember that some of us — hopefully most of us — are truly, truly sorry. And we'll say we're sorry, even on the behalf of the ones who aren't.
At first I found it slightly amusing as it seemed a bit of a take-off on a site created by a peace group that sent similar pictures to the people of Iraq. But the longer I browsed, a clear picture emerged of the pain and concern of nearly half this country (probably more, if we had an accurate vote count) for the way our presidential election affects not only the US but the rest of the world. The sorrow and pain of the people in the red states who worked so hard to defeat Bush is really palpable. (And of course, I know this firsthand!)

There are many responses from the world community posted on the site as well, many offering a place to crash for the next four years or offers to marry for citizenship in their home countries. How nice! (But rest assured, the damage being wrought by this president will in no way disappear in 4 years, folks.)

I decided I wanted to contribute on behalf of Louisiana and New Orleans (though I ultimately found two submissions from my state) and threw together a quick version of a "SORRY" submission for Renard, my children and myself, as seen here. (The site is unable to accept uploads at the moment, so ours will go up when the problem is resolved.)

When I first visited the site, the pages displayed full photos and not thumbnails (as it does now). There were more than 176 pages of submissions at that time and that's a lot to peruse. So, as a gesture of love to you, my handful of readers, I offer you my time spent in that pursuit. I went through the first 100 pages and picked out 70 photos that grabbed me for some reason and put them all on one page for your easy perusal. (You cannot imagine the time this will save you!) Maybe I'll do the same with the remainder.

I have been thinking about how the Bush voters would have felt if the election had gone the other way. Would they have been so despondent? Maybe the greedy would have been at the prospect of losing the big tax break. Some people don't consider any amount of wealth to be sufficient. But the rest? What would they have thought was at stake? Would any of them have done what this guy did? I think not, because I doubt these people grasp the consequences of their decision.


2 Comments:

Blogger Lasciate said...

*sigh*

Thank you, New Orleans, for your efforts. And to the point: you've got nothing to be sorry for. I mean, it IS blue.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Always willing to go farther. See, I just posted the link on EE, you go and make the pictures accessable and even contribute a beautiful one yourself. Once again reminded I need to get more active.

6:46 PM  

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