Democracy worked yesterday. The American people spoke, and they spoke decisively. It was thrilling, regardless of individual personal views. It's essential to freedom that the people's will be honored and respected.
More and more, I realize that it's not democracy that I object to. A democratic republic, as we have, enables its citizens to control the fate of their country. It's unfettered capitalism that drives the enormous greed and immorality in our country. not voting freedoms.
One great part about George Bush winning another term is that pro-life judges will be nominated to the Supreme Court and other judicial systems, and that Roe v. Wade can be overturned. Another is that momentum for gay marriage can be stopped in its tracks.
In the last few days before Nov 2, internet and blog rumor mills proclaimed Kerry the victor in the 2004 presidential elections. Their conclusion was based on supposedly solid statistics, projections and polling. The American people spoke, and the prognosticators were wrong. I got caught up in the euphoria, and was also wrong.
Bush and Kerry camps reportedly both believed the rampant rumors until late night on Election Day. The President looked dejected and mildly defeated on Nov 1, but he never ever gave up. Never. He's an incredibly persistent fighter.
The youth vote apparently never materialized. They stayed home. The Democratic Party was convinced that the youth vote would put Kerry over the top to victory. I've never believed that today's youth vote......ages 18 to 30....is liberal. Experience and observation tells me that today's youth leans conservative.
John Kerry is deeply European and intellectual in both style and taste. Americans in the midwest, heartland, southwest and southern United States have a horror of that persona and world. They want nothing to do with it. Deep down, we realized that, and they said it again yesterday....loud and clear!
Exit polls in several hotly contested "battleground" states revealed that 49% of voters support the war in Iraq. That may shock and appall me and millions of others....but it's a fact.
I nightmare regularly about the impact of our country's bullying, war-mongering attitude. It's wrong and immoral, and it's anything but pro-life. I will never stop speaking out about the dark evil of war and violence, and of the necessity for peacemaking. Blessed are the peacemakers....
However.......the words of the pro-war Star-spangled Banner perfectly epitomize our nation, which was founded, shaped and fostered through conflict. Ours is not a nation founded on peace, nor has it ever experienced any signifcant period of peace. We have no history of great peacemaking.
"Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
George Bush must particularly love our national anthem. I have to admit.....George W. Bush is thoroughly American, and so are his wars. And, like it or not, that appeals to lots of US citizens.