Skip to comments.One DUmmie comes to grips with reality
Posted on 11/04/2004 9:46:58 AM PST by youngrepublican1986
I woke up today feeling much better than yesterday, much more at peace with all this. Have I acceded to the calls for "national unity"? Have I tasted of the Kool-Aid and found it sweet?
I simply came to a startling conclusion somewhere last night as I drifted off to sleep. We were told this was an referendum on the President. Wrong. This was a referendum on the American people, and they made their choice. You've all seen, by now, the polling results that show "moral values" as the overwhelming sentiment in the choice for Bush.
So what does that tell me? It tells me that, when you come right down to it, this country is simply not in my corner. And the past generation bears that out.
Let's be brutally honest here: we (liberals, Democrats, whatever) haven't won an election by majority since 1976 and Jimmy Carter. Clinton never had a majority, only a plurality. Frankly, I don't think Carter would have won if he hadn't been running against the spectre of Nixon. So this means that in the past 36 years, we have legitimately carried the majority sentiment one time out of ten. One time out of ten.
That should come as a hard slap. Thiry-six years. One election out of ten.
It's time to wake up and smell the political coffee: WE ARE OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM. The 'Pubs have been telling us this for years and we constantly scoffed and said they were wrong. But it turns out they were right: they weren't trying to job us with political rhetoric, they were trying to help us understand what was happening.
Now, you may steel yourself by saying "Well, we got 50+ million people to vote on our side". But step back from that for a moment. That 50+ million was marshalled in an unprecedented "Get Out The Vote" effort. Millions of doors were knocked on, millions of calls made, millions of dollars spent. A massive effort, a political D-Day as it were - an all or nothing gambit designed to capture the beach and sweep into Washington, putting Conservatives on the run.
And we still got beat, and beat bad. We didn't just see a referendum at the Presidential level this week. We saw it right down to the roots, with the sweeping losses in both parts of Congress, as well as the unanimous adoption of "Defense of Marriage" acts. Put simply, we're not the majority here, not now, not for the past generation or more. Our views are not those of the country - regardless of the yardstick you use. Even those seats we did gain tended toward the moderate end of the Democratic spectrum. And we lost to clear loons like Coburn and Bunning.
How does all this put me a peace? Well, I keep coming back to that "36 years" figure. That's the entire span of my life, plus a few years. This means that for the duration of my existence on this sphere, I have been on the outside looking in, with the tide steadily rising against me.
The mainstream of this country does not support equality for all, secularism, public assistance, environmentalism, etc. Nor do they abhor the things I do. I do not represent this country. It isn't mine, and never was. Perhaps that's a defeatist attitude, but I find it hard to fight for something that firstly isnt mine to start with and secondly that has no intersection with my personal values.
And that's when peace and acceptance washed over me. There is nothing here for me to fight for because the country I thought I lived in has utterly and completely, at virtually every conceivable turn, rejected my beliefs wholesale.
I would imagine it's the same sense of acceptance a "guest worker" feels. I'm in this country mainly for a job. If I had the wherewithal to go someplace else, I probably would.
I am stranger in this land, and frankly I don't, any longer, hold its tenets close to my heart. I mean here not the tenets of the foundations of this country - The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights - but the tenets of the electorate. Because in the end, the electorate makes, remakes, is remaking, the country in its own image. All countries are portraits of their people. The portrait of America for the past three decades or more has basically looked the same. And I have never been in that portrait.
I am free and at peace now with America, because I am absolved of responsibility for it. As it has shut my voice out, I now can shut it out. Its failures and missteps, its foibles and stupidity, none are now my own.
Now peace, as I cut America out of my heart, as America had already cut me out of its.
Finally they recognize that they are out of the mainstream! What a thought!
(nicely done too!)
Incredibly slow learners aren't they, I mean it only took this one 36 years?
At another level, though, it should be obvious that NO PARTY that hates guns, normalizes homosexuality, breeds on appeasement and pacifism, can EVER be a true "national" party.
Zell, come to our party!
He came too close to making sense. He'll be banned immediately.
"D-Day as it were - an all or nothing gambit designed to capture the beach and sweep into Washington, putting Conservatives on the run."
HEY! Thats mine, I was the one who called for storming the polling places like they were the beaches of Normandy.
Brilliant deduction, dear writer. While you're cutting, cut your citizenship papers and move to France.
But places like Cuba, North Korea and Vietnam think like you. Go move there for a while.
I just have to laugh at "equality for all" - except for affirmative action, quotas, minority set asides, minority scholarships, diversity hiring programs, etc.
In other words, they were simply stating facts and we didn't believe them for DECADES.
I find it hard to fight for something that firstly isnt mine to start with and secondly that has no intersection with my personal values.
I hear Kool-Aid can help you...
I feel a sense of peace, too, but in the universal way. As if the air has been let out of the Left. As that post mentions, MILLIONS of dollars, calls, doors, people went into BEATING BUSH, and they failed. Must be a bitter pill, but I think we may have some calm now. Maybe these calls for "unity" might actually come to pass, as the more intelligent (I know, hard to find) Lefties will realize that all the moaning and whining and name-calling in the world won't undo Nov. 2, nor will it ensure NEXT Nov. 2. I think they learned their lesson. Now it's time to move on.
I hope that person is being honest and serious, albeit deluded.
If he truly believes this...GOOD! Now get out of the way (or join us), and let the forces of freedom and morality advance unhindered by your selfish pathological ideology.
Well, it looks like I'm going to be donating my screename for their cause. If anyone is a Small Voice in the Wilderness, it's this person. Of course, he may not exist any longer. Reality is not an option at DU.
>>The mainstream of this country does not support equality for all..
That's a crock. We support "All men are equal under the law", but we do not support "All men are equal by law". A man is what he makes of himself.
The Dems will get even crazier and more radical. They will not admit their mistakes and they will continue to lie, attack, cheat and do whatever it takes to win elections. They think it is their right.
We have to continue to "fight the good fight", pray and do the right thing. If we continue to do this the Dems will continue to be defeated. If the Republicans end of going the moderate route just to try to get approval from MSM and the world, the Republicans will start to lose elections ( see (FLASHBACK) Secrets of the "Reagan Democrats--DEJA VU 2004 ).
Maybe we could all donate a dollar for his plane ticket to France or Sweden.
The writer says "The portrait of America for the past three decades or more has basically looked the same. And I have never been in that portrait."
Well, he's getting close to understanding the truth. But he needs to realize it's not just the last three decades....but the last twenty decades! He's out of touch with America because he's never understood what Americas was built on!
The Karl Rove ground-game vs. the 527/George Soros effort.
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