City of Roses
|Oh please, I'm sure if Kerry had won, you'd be pulling out the heavy artillery of words and doing likewise, lambasting him on and off how you don't understand how voters could insure this "despicable man" got into office, saying how he's disgracing our troops like brigades of Ghenghis Khan, etc.
Anyway, if you truly read that message to progressives thread, I specifically made it clear in there to "unite but not conform" and also encouraged progressives to continue to protest the war like we have, make the president take responsibility and hold him accountable, and, basically, go upon the philosophy "Do unto others as they do unto you!" to Bush in the second term. He has said he will lead a "bi-partisan effort" and "reach out to Kerry voters", and that's exactly how he'll be judged by me and progressives this second term. If he doesn't wisen up on his bad environmental policies and seeking to ban gay marriage and overturn Roe vs. Wade, for instance, he deserves our outcry because it would be clear he's running unilaterally. In other words, if he doesn't practice what he preaches, neither should we and we have every right to protest Bush because he betrayed any trust we might resurrect in him.
Bush himself signed this mutual contract on the day of his first press conference by saying, ""We have one country, one Constitution and one future that binds us. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it."
I also said in my statement I believe in forgiveness and second chances, and should Bush turn a new leaf this second term and actually look at other viewpoints besides his own on important issues which both parties have locked horns in, I believe he should be given signs of approval from us. I said we need the opportunity to give America a fresh start before jumping to ultimate conclusions. I don't consider my sentiments here cheap shots because I don't believe this issue has been handled democratically yet. The people should have their say in if they support pesticide testing on children or not, and then make their ruling. But it seems the EPA are intending to continue doing this without public input and felt it was legit to protest.
By uniting I didn't call for a ceasefire among all liberals questioning the Bush Administration, or like the Bill O'Reilly approach to "shut up". As everyone has unquestionably noticed, conservatives and liberals can't treat each other like neighbors anymore, or look each other in the eyes, and there is growing resentment in every community. I was calling simply that we all need to get along and respect one another's differences. I was calling for alliance among communities, not to the administration.
By the way, I didn't get involved into politics until the war in Iraq began March 2003, so I do admit I hadn't immediately read of the past incidents of the research and had I been politically active before the Bush Administration, I would be condemning this too under the Clinton Administration or whatever. Bear with me now, as I am still relatively new to the political process!
I am as willing as you are to concentrate on these causes, and I certainly pray Bush can take these desperate pleas to unite this polarized nation as more than just a grain of salt this second term, learn from his mistakes, and keeping his promise. And I'll know if he's reaching out beyond his own scope or not, because I understand the progressive set of values and hold them true to myself. If he tries and embraces them, then he truly is working. If he ignores them, it'll prove he's still absorbed in his own interests.
Kind of feel like a judge here! LOL! But we can't just rely on a "We report, you decide" mentality. We've got to do the reporting ourselves and let them assist in the decision-making. For democracy is "of the people, by the people, for the people"
I absolutely agree with Larry when he said, "You can't win them all!" This time around, Bush appears to have won fair and square (assuming the Diebold machines didn't tamper anything) and I'll accept that. With that said, America desperately needs a bi-lateral decision-making process, for if we don't and we head closer to oligarchy, one side will always win and the other will always lose. And as the people, we MUST win together!
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20