Last night was the DemApples fundraising party in Williamsburg. I'm organizing a BIKE TO BEAT BUSH July 25. There are two fundraisers for Swing State Summer Break this month. I'm donating quite a bit of time to registering voters and arranging voter registration trips. People—skeptics— say, "But what if it doesn't pay off? What if Bush wins again?" First of all, I think Bush will lose. Second, if he does win again, I think we've still won. Bush has forced us to unite. "I'm not a divider, I'm a uniter." He's right.
Hell, I didn't even vote in the 2000 presidential election. I was old enough—eighteen-and-a-half to be exact. But two weeks before the election I found out there was some information missing from my voter registration card. I didn't bother to do anything about it. Last year CBS News labeled 20-somethings "The Apathetic New Generation." And last year, they might have been right. I was apathetic last year. It's not surprising, really. My generation never had a war to protest. We never had to fight for women's rights or civil rights. Now we have the war, and we're protesting. We have to fight for our right to choose what we do with our bodies and we have to fight to marry who we want—and we're fighting.
George W. Bush is a uniter. He's uniting us against war, against discrimination, against his asinine policies. And he's forcing my apathetic generation to do something about that missing information on the voter registration cards. No matter the outcome of the election this November, we have become a generation that will never let another right-wing fundamentalist into the White House.