Just a few more comments about the election before returning to more mundane stuff.
Dave Shearon left a very nice comment on my previous post noting that "not all of those who voted for President Bush did it out of ‘fear and loathing.’" True enough and I apologize if the wording was rather harsh. In truth there was a lots of fear being tossed around on both sides and a great many people voted for Kerry out of fear as well. I respect Dave’s right to vote for who he believes will do the best job. I disagree with his choice – and that’s my right.
However, my overall criticism of the campaign still stands. Neither party offered any ideas to improve the country, only the specter that the other guy would make it worse. Kerry was slightly less so but only because he kept switching back and forth between a positive and negative campaign while W and friends were consistent all along. I guess I’m pretty naive but it would be nice if we could have a honest discussion of the problems we face as a country and debate some real solutions to those problems.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that will happen during the next four years. As is traditional, W offered the usual post election offers of "unity" and "working together". That’s baloney, however, with this kind of talk from his advisors all over the background.
Once the minority of House and Senate are comfortable in their minority status, they will have no problem socializing with the Republicans. Any farmer will tell you that certain animals run around and are unpleasant, but when they’ve been fixed, then they are happy and sedate. They are contented and cheerful. They don’t go around peeing on the furniture and such.
Finally, Jeff Jarvis believes all of us on the other side of the barnyard should just give up and accept W as our President. Sorry, that’s awfully hard to do. My principles and core beliefs are much too far away from his to make it happen.
And that’s it. I don’t do a very good job of political commentary so I’ll quit trying. There are others who are far better at it, many in the column at the right, and I’ll simply point you to their writings from time to time. In this little rant fest I’ll just stick to the topics that I know something about.
That doesn’t mean I’m not concerned about what’s happening to the country. As I’ve noted before, I’m still an optimist about the future. I just hope there are enough of us – on both sides of this election – who will do something to try and make the next four years better than the previous four. I told you – I’m quite naive. :-)