Thursday, November 04, 2004

Two Emerging Post Election Myths

The election is over, and the President’s victory was wide and deep. However, two memes have emerged since John Kerry’s concession. The first has been picked up by conservatives, and although it seems minor at first glance, it has serious implications for future elections. The second is being spread by the Democrats and the mainstream media.

The first meme, unfortunately picked up by many conservatives, including Hugh Hewitt (sorry Hugh your contributions to this election were immense, but I disagree with your sentiments on this one), is that the American people should be grateful to John Kerry for conceding the race instead of dragging the country through weeks of litigation. We should be relieved, but we have no reason to be grateful. John Kerry did what every losing Presidential candidate has done. There have been many close Presidential races, Nixon and Kennedy in 1960 for example, but no losing candidate had ever challenged the results in court before Al Gore put his personal ambitions in front of the good of the country in 2000. It should be expected that a losing candidate would accept his fate and concede. To say that we are grateful that John Kerry did not litigate is the same as saying you are grateful to a person for NOT insulting you during a conversation. By that standard we should thank Terry McAuliffe for not stuffing ballot boxes (I will assume he didn’t). It is not appropriate, and it shouldn’t be expected. Al Gore’s extremely damaging foray into the courts should be looked at as an unacceptable aberration in US political history. If we begin to accept as fact that every Presidential contest will be settled in the courts, it will become a self fulfilling prophecy. There will be nothing, no overriding public expectation or sentiment, no tradition or standard of decency, to prevent future candidates from taking the country down the same path as Al Gore. We should be relieved that Kerry mustered more character than Al Gore, but gratitude is not appropriate.

The second meme is much more prevalent, more insidious and more expected. The Democrats and the mainstream media began planting the seed that the President has no mandate even before John Kerry had officially conceded. They argue that even though over 59 million voters voted for him, 55 million voted against him, therefore he must “reach out” and “embrace the other side”. That, as they say in certain parts of the country, is a load of manure. The depth and scope of the President’s victory cannot be measured only by the number of votes separating him and John Kerry. The breadth of his victory can only be fully appreciated when looked at in broader and more historic terms. In 1994 the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, in a historic, landside mid-term election. In 2000, President Bush won election, albeit by the tiniest of margins, against Al Gore who was running as the Vice – President of eight years in a time of (false) peace and prosperity. He was in many ways like an incumbent, but the voters favored the Republican. The 2002 midterm election saw another massive victory for the Republicans which gave them control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency and the majority of the governorships. In 2004, George Bush won re-election with a majority of the popular vote. The first time any President had accomplished that since his father in 1988. He was the first republican President to win re-election while his party held both the Senate and the House since Calvin Coolidge. He is the first President to win re-election and gain seats in both the House and the Senate since FDR in 1936. He received more popular votes than any President in the history of the country. His coattails in this election proved to be very long as well. The Republicans picked up four more Senate seats, five additional house seats, and an additional governorship. Many states began or continued the purge of Democrats from their state ranks, including Tennessee and Georgia. The fact of the matter is the politics of the modern Democratic Party has been flatly rejected by majority of Americans. If anyone needs to “reach out” or become “moderate their views” it is the Democrats who have been crushed in every election in the past 20 years. The scope of the realignment in America is evidenced by the fact that just 25 years ago 22 out of 26 southern senators were Democrats. Now that number has reversed, 22 of 26 are Republican.

It should come as no surprise that the Democrats and the main stream media are claiming that the President has no mandate and that he must reach out, but the cries of the losers should be ignored. In 1992 Bill Clinton won the Presidency with just 43% of the popular vote, receiving 44 million votes, a difference of 8% and 15 million votes. In 1996 Bill Clinton won with 49% and 47 million votes, less that President Bush on both measures. However, there were no calls for him to “reach out” or “moderate” his views. He was not as radical as John Kerry to be sure, but he was very liberal his first two years in office, before the Republicans swept to overwhelming victory in 1994, allowing them to keep him in check.

The Democrats cries for “unity” are absurd. They ran one of the most vile, demagogic campaigns in US history. The same people calling for the President to “reach out” today were calling him an evil, stupid, liar three days ago. Their frothing at the mouth Bush hatred is supposed to be forgotten when they lose, and they expect to be rewarded by having the victor shape his views to be more acceptable to them. I think not. President Bush did not run as a “uniter”, nor is he a “divider”. He ran on a platform of strong family values (against gay marriage, against abortion on demand etc…) and for a strong forceful leadership role for the United States in the world. That was his platform and a majority of the American people, a record number, put him in office to deliver on his promises. It is ludicrous to think that had John Kerry won the Democrats or media would have said that he would have to moderate his promise in the debate to appoint only pro-choice judges. President Bush ran on a domestic and foreign policy agenda that was almost the exact opposite of his opponents. Now the Democrats are calling for the President to abandon his principles for theirs after his victory. No, their cries for unity today are just that, the whining and the cries of a Party that has moved too far left to be acceptable to most Americans. They lost, and now they are attempting to erode the overwhelming, nationwide, deep mandate that Americans gave the Republican Party to pursue their agenda.

The party that accepted Michael Moore, advertised Fahrenheit 9/11, used phrases like “digital brownshirts”, liar, moron, idiot, “war-profiteering”, who compared the President to Hitler, who made up lies about Halliburton and a draft, was a party to forged documents appearing on CBS, who accepted 30 million dollars from George Soros and that ran on a platform of same sex marriage, abortion on demand, and a foreign policy dictated by the UN is now calling for the Party that a clear majority of Americans preferred to moderate its policies. Absurd.

George Bush and the Republican platform won with a clear mandate. John Kerry and the Democratic platform was handed yet another crushing, deep defeat. The American people have spoken, not just in this election, but in election after election. The President should, and is expected to, pursue his platform aggressively for the next four years. If he does, the re-alignment that has taken place over the past 20 years may be permanent.

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