Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The day after...

The country has spoken and they have spoken the words Bush. I don't know if half of the country is always in a state of mourning after losing an election but it sure seems to be this year. I have heard throughout the day lots of arguments about the election being 'not fair' and 'stolen' and 'mis-managed' but unfortunately regardless of what your views are, or what party you voted for, you need to accept that for the next four years, you have George W. as your President. He won. He won both the electoral votes and the popular vote, which is what I predicted would happen for weeks and weeks.

And if you really hate the last name Bush, don't be so quick to think it's going to diminish after the next 4 years...Jeb in Florida still carried the Bush name.


VegasGustan said...

Amen to that. You know, I thought of screaming foul last night. However, after looking at the full results this morning I knew he won fair and square. I guess my soapbox has to go back into the closet. Oh well, there is always next election. Only four more years...

Marisa said...

Thank GOD it's "only four more years". We must face it: George W. Bush is a big idiot redneck. Sigh.... And the rest of the world thinks of us as big stupid, under-educated rednecks as well.

InspectorCliche said...

Election 2004 - National Pulse

It occurred to me as I watched one of the big 3 television broadcasting networks follow the election returns Tuesday night that many news media correspondents are completely out of touch with the pulse of the average American citizen.

Case in point:
Rudy Juliani was presented with a question by one of these correspondents something like this - "it just doesn't feel like we are/or should be a nation at war - when I go about my daily business on the streets of New York City, I never meet anyone remotely involved in the war effort - don't you believe that we (our country) would be better off today if we hadn't started the war in Iraq?".

Rudy responded in his usual calm and confident manner to set this "journalist" straight with the following points:

1. We (the US) did NOT start the war in Iraq - resolution after resolution was passed by the UN demanding that Iraq allow UN inspectors to disprove the intelligence reports accumulated by multiple countries on the UN panel. Saddam's refusal to comply with these resolutions left us with no choice but to go on the offensive in the wake of 9/11. Allowing Iraq to ignore UN resolutions (16 in all) without repercussions would have left the UN in a state of abandonment (if any rogue nation can ignore UN resolutions - what is the purpose of having a UN?). Make no mistake about it, Saddam started the war in Iraq - but we will finish it.

2. Our offensive against 9/11 is working - immediately after 9/11, No one would have bet that the leadership of this country could take any action to avoid additional terrorist’s attacks within our borders over the following 3 years - additional attacks at that point in our history seemed imminent. However, by taking the bold action of going on the offensive against all terrorist organizations seeking to bring harm to the United States (not just the terrorist who hit the Twin Towers), the leadership of this great nation has put all of the major terrorist organizations seeking to do us harm on the run by taking the "War" to them. Bin Laden has been reduced to a perpetual game of "cat and mouse" that will ultimately end in his demise as the leader of the Taliban. Saddam Hussein's terror regime has been toppled. Other terrorists organizations who have drawn an endless supply of terrorized, poverty stricken youths from Iraq to perform their acts of terror (usually in the form of suicide missions) have crossed the border into Iraq out of necessity - if Iraq is successful in sharing the wealth and potential of their nation through the vehicle of a free and democratic form of government, where will these terror organizations find resource or refuge?

Imagine, if you can, a free and democratic form of government in the heart of the Middle East that shares its wealth and opportunities with all of its citizens. Imagine Iraqi citizens who begin to break away from the miserable bonds of terror and poverty - and begin to dream.

This cannot happen over night - we occupied Germany and Japan for several years following WWII. But we did not seek to occupy them forever, but rather, to assist them in forming their own free and democratic form of government. Today, no one refers to either Germany or Japan as an extension of the US government - but rather, as free and independent nations. Why can't we share the same dream for Iraq?

The stakes are high. Pulling out too early would be disastrous - possibly giving rise to an even more terror driven form of government. In honor of the service men and women who have already made the supreme sacrifice in this effort, we must invest the necessary resources to rebuild and secure a free and democratic Iraq. Ten to fifteen years down the road, the rewards for not only the average Iraqi citizen, but also, the safety/security of all nations will be priceless.

3. Although the volunteer soldiers in Iraq are disproportionately from states other than New York, New Yorkers should never forget the ties that bind this great nation together. Volunteer soldiers from the heart-land of this country have committed themselves to fight against the terrorists who sought to destroy the security of this great nation on 9/11 (most of whom have never even had the privilege/opportunity to visit New York City). Make no mistake, throughout the heart-land of this great nation we Know not only that we are at war, but also why we are at war, with whom, and what the stakes are for the future of this great nation and for peace-loving nations around the globe.

From the results of Tuesday's election, I'd say that Rudy is closer to the true "Pulse" than any of the commentators we all watch on the nightly news.