Tuesday, November 07, 2006


The Day After (Election Day)

So we lost. Maybe not a total disaster, but certainly nothing to be happy about. All we can do is learn from this election and attempt to do a better job of getting our ideas out next time. However biased the media is against us, however they might slant things, it's our obligation to win elections. We can't blame them.

I may have joked elsewhere about consulting a Democrat concerning how long to wait before claiming that the election must have been stolen or rigged, but that is not a serious suggestion. Come to think of it, if Diebold rigged all the voting machines (according to Democrats), and Democrats won the election, does that mean Diebold rigged the machines so the Democrats would win? Or does Diebold only rig the machines in districts where Republicans win? I may be proven wrong, but I don't believe that the machines were rigged. The Democrats won their elections.

I hope that it is not a complete disaster for the country. I don't think it will be. The Democrats were out of power for a while, and the country didn't become a police state. Please think clearly about this. If you really believe we became a police state because Republicans were in power, how would you be free to read this? Why wouldn't you be in jail? That's what happens in a real police state, like China.

And can you believe all those stories about back alley abortions, and all the women who have died from them in the last six years? What? You haven't heard all those stories? Why not, if the evil Republicans have been in power? You guessed it. It hasn't happened.

That's all well and good then, but you've got to admit that being forced into church every Sunday at gunpoint is a real pain in the apse. No! You say that hasn't happened either? The Christofascist Republicans didn't impose their religion on you either?

Fine, so you can worship as you please, but what good does that do you when you're living in the back of a station wagon because of the bad economy. You're kidding! The Dow has been over 12,000 and unemployment is the lowest in five years? The price of gas has dropped by close to a dollar a gallon?

None of those bugaboo horror stories came true. I sincerely hope that the Democratic bugaboos don't come true. I sincerely hope that our failures in this election haven't doomed the country.

They say you shouldn't talk about politics or religion because people feel so strongly about them that it's difficult to have a friendly discussion. At the very least, this can be said: a divided government is beneficial because it works to keep both sides honest. I've said it, and I know other Republicans have said that as well.

Of course, we said it in the spirit of grown-ups who want what's best for the country. Therefore, unlike our colleagues from the other side of the aisle, we won't be whining about stolen elections and rigged voting machines. Too bad that the Democrats' behavior of the past six years doesn't instill confidence in the notion that they're also grown-ups who want what's best for the country.

I'm a grown-up. I won't be telling you all the things that will go wrong as a result of this election. I won't be predicting disaster and doom and gloom. I won't tell you that this is the beginning of the end for our country.

But, years down the line, I may very well be unable to resist the temptation to look back and say I told you so.

I'm not that grown up!
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