Sour apple cider.

When the GOP gives you sour apples, make…well, you know.

 

Tom DeLay believes that this election wasn’t a win for the Democrats, it was a loss for the Republicans.
Bizzy thinks that 527’s unduly influenced voters ( and SBVT were 528’s).
They all think that the votes in every contest were votes against [pick one]: Bush, Iraq War, Taft, Bennett, Foley, Noe, etc.
They firmly believe that the electorate has let them down, that the voters must’ve been turned into drooling idiots.

 

Needless to say, I disagree.

 

After six years of ‘spinning the facts’ and ‘crushing the voices of opposition’, I believe that the voters all of over the country are waking up.
This election wasn’t about punishing Republicans for the actions of Foley or Noe or even Taft. This was an election about the direction our nation is heading.
We (the U.S.) once held a place of respect and admiration on the international stage. That is gone.
We were once called upon to be both the carrot and the stick. We are carrot no more.
An American citizen used to be able to travel (nearly) anywhere in the world and be greeted as an honored guest. Now we arrive to protests.
We do not live on the United States of Earth.
We do not have a monopoly on good ideas and good intentions.

 

This election was about tearing down the framework of sanctimonious complacency that has been dragging us down for years.

 

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
North Dakotans rejected the most constraining anti-choice bill in the nation.
Arizonans rejected a law banning gay marriage (not 2004 anymore, is it?)
Five states, including Ohio, recognized that paying our most needy and desperate te lowest real wage in more than 50 years was not acceptable.

 

I am looking forward to seeing if this is a bellwether of more changes to come.
I am looking forward to once again being proud to be American.

One Reply to “Sour apple cider.”

  1. I think the world had become used to the quick punches that were dealt by Clinton – cruise missile into some camp, blah blah blah and us being oh-so-nice. Well, we sat back while we took it on the chin at the WTC in ’93, the attacks on our bases in the MidEast, the attack on the USS Cole. Now, it’s time to take it back to’em. No one stepped up for us after 9/11 except for Britain. No ‘what can we do for you’. No ‘this is what we know’. We didn’t even get help from anyone after Katrina hit down South.

    Frankly, my feelings are like this: To heck with what everyone else thinks right now, we need to take care of #1. US. Take care of home first. I’d rather be safe on our soil, and have other countries be upset, than kiss everyone’s booty and have terrorists coming out of the woodwork.

    Everyone is used to calling on his to play World’s Policeman. Look at what he’s doin’! Go stop it! Look there! Make them stop! They have a problem with us being in Iraq, by ourselves, without the UN, after the genocide by Hussein. But now, they want us down in Sudan, by ourselves, to stop THAT genocide. So, what? We’re supposed to let everyone else choose our battles for us? They call on us to play Officer, and when we do on our own, they start chanting police brutality.

    I understand completely your point. And you’re right, people used to be so excited to greet an American. Now, if you go overseas, you try to draw as little attention to yourself as possible. My cousin lived in Italy for over a year. Didn’t take any clothes with him, as his parents didn’t want him to LOOK like he was from the U.S.

    If we weren’t doing anything to stabilize things in the MidEast, talk Kim Song Il out of nukes, have a back and forth with Ahminejhad? in Iran, who would? No one. Kim only wants to talk to us. Not Japan. Or China. Us. If we sat back and only took care of us, what would happen to the rest of the world? I wish we knew, but then, it may be a good thing that we don’t.

    Thanks for letting me go off. Nice post. I’ll bookmark ya.

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