Furthermore, the far left of this country didn't even wait 24 hours before they started projecting insipid bile across the underground media floor. The concept of gracefully taking a defeat is apparently an antiquated concept to many. One would think that people would take heed and follow suite of the graciousness of their candidate/leader, but we must be honest with ourselves. By and large, people don't care about unity; they care about their agendas. And as far as the East is from the West, so are the philosophies of how American citizens believe this country should be conducted.
Still, the phrase "the country is deeply divided" will continue to be heard throughout the months leading up to the inauguration. As if President Bush didn't have enough past baggage to schlep, he has the nearly impossible task of uniting the country before him. I don't covet his position in the least.
Inevitably, it is going to take our nation a bit of time before we can exit the pressure chamber of an intense year of presidential campaigning. Election time serves as a parallel universe whereby people intentionally polarize themselves and we excuse hatred, animosity, and bigotry on the grounds of "disagreement" and "political gain". The re-election of President Bush was representative of far more than a bunch of citizens haphazardly deciding that they'd like a guy with an accent in the White House. Bush supporters were just as reasoned in their selection as the Kerry base.
So much for predicting who would tip this election. In a few of the swing states especially, it wasn't the blacks or the youth or the security moms or the social security crowd that did it. It was the evangelical Christian base. How's that for a statement?
The issues of "morality" and "values" are paramount. Don't let anyone tell you different. Many will try to trample over these realities like they don't exist by scaring people into believing that putting Bush back into office will mean that we're all going to be unemployed and then die in a gruesome battle against terrorists while all the first born males are killed off Pharoh-style as a result of a war and public schools around the country will be forced to study the Bible.
I suspect that many politicians are apprehensive about the fact that a good percentage of Americans polled said their "moral values" played a large role in how they cast their votes. Morals? What are those? What do those have to do with voting? I thought this was a dualistic society!
This notion of "morality" and "values" is one that even the media throughout this election has carefully steered us away from. Why? Because the more we're forced to discuss "values" and "morality", the more we must acknowledge a definitive right and a wrong and the notion that perhaps, potentially, perchance, maybe a little bit, conceivably, our nation just might need some "standards" beyond "que sera sera". But of course that doesn't include the type of standards that remain true in spite of opposition's attempts to rake you across the coals because you have a lesbian daughter (who happens to be a legal adult). That would be unheard of.
So what is the definition of morality? What is good and what is bad? Who decides? All questions that have been craftily avoided by those who preach moral relativism. I guarantee that much political commentary from the Left will seek to redefine this idea of "values". By "redefine" I mean "water down", "neutralize" and make relative.
In the meantime, people are talking out of the sides of their necks.
The vapid claims of the disgruntled citizens that declared, "I'm leaving the country" as a result of this election are almost laughable. Americans across the map know good and well they have it made in this country and their spoiled Americanized behinds aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Poppycock. That's what those claims are. Purely childish rubbish.
And did you know that "America hates gay people"? That's right folks. According to many in the Democratic constituency, the fact that 11 states voted to approve bans on same-sex marriages means that America must really hate gay people. What, no talk of the "Religious Right" hating gay people? Now it's all of America eh? This is of course the same America that Democrats say they represent. This is the same America that supposedly wasn't properly reflected in this election.
The characterization of "Right" versus "Left" politics is hurting us. It's not the "one side versus the other" ideology per se, but it's the improper characterization of the sensible on both sides that is fueling unnecessary contempt. I don't for one minute believe that every Democrat thinks the same way about the future of this country. I don't believe every Republican does either. But to hear each side tell it, the opposition has no redeeming qualities.
I've both read and heard it said that Democrats are realizing that in order to gain any type of foothold in this country, their policy needs reform. If it takes a presidential defeat for them to realize this, then so be it. Let's just hope they write it down and take picture so as not to be hit with a bad case of selective amnesia next election. The Bush administration could stand to do the same.
People can attempt to trivialize the very values that swayed many voters in this country. They can act like it's some new "Fundamentalist Christian Revival" or Jesusland vs. America, but I beg to differ. America is not the America many thought it was. At the core, there are some moral issues on which many Americans disagree. This isn't going to just go away and people won't be manipulated out of thinking this way. With that reality at hand, I can't help but think all this "unity" talk is a bit far off.
Whoever said "hindsight is 20/20" didn't live in America in 2004.