By Curtis Campbell, Opinion Editor
Words simply cannot express the elation I felt, and continue tofeel, over the decisive re-election of President Bush and thesolidifying of the Republican majority in Congress lastTuesday.
But, since you all were not able to see me jumping up and downall day Wednesday, or bear witness to the grin that has permanentlytaken residence upon my face, I will throw words like blissful,jubilation, ecstatic, thrilled, overjoyed and vindicated out thereto give you an idea of what my mood was like.
Despite the fact that I was overwhelmed by pure unadulteratedjoy, I found it very hard to truly enjoy my RepublicanParty’s astounding conquest over the Democrats.
When I arrived in The Easterner’s newsroom on Wednesday, Isaw the more liberal-leaning members of our staff look as if theywere about to break down and cry; others seemed to be in azombie-like trance, and others were just plain pissed off.
Of course, this was the same type of sentiment carried by almostall of my liberal friends and classmates.
Being a polite person, I made it a point not to rub thedevastation that the Democratic Party suffered into the faces ofthe liberal members of our campus community.
Despite my gracious attempts to not antagonize the left, I stillfound that my toned-down happiness was being met with pettybitterness and animosity. I even bet friend a steak dinner thatBush would prevail, and after Bush won he said that he would giveme $20 but refused to have dinner with me. I have even come to findout that people who I once thought were my friends are now almostthe opposite of friends.
Some people I regularly come into contact with on campusresorted to intellectually dishonest arguments that, because ofBush’s win, women and African-Americans were going to losetheir right to vote and that our youngest students would bedrafted, lose a few limbs and become the subjects of an OliverStone movie. Oh yeah, and apparently America will soon bring backslavery.
To all the liberals spread throughout this campus who feel andact this way, I empathize with your misery. I also would bedistraught knowing the extent that you all went to in trying tounseat George W. Bush and the Republican majority in the House andSenate.
I too would have thought that, with a record-setting MichaelMoore “documentary” presenting the president in theworst possible light, Eminem making an anti-Bush music video, P.Diddy threatening the lives of anyone refusing to vote and thensaying to vote Bush’s “ass out of office,” CBSbasing news reports about Bush’s National Guard service offof blatantly forged documents, concerts devoted to getting peopleto vote for Kerry, creating false rumors about secret plans toinstitute a draft, MoveOn.org, etc…, the Democrats werepoised to take control over the executive and legislative branchesof government.
Unfortunately, for them, Americans did not fall prey to thenumerous attempts to distort the truth. They saw through theknee-jerk anti-Bush rhetoric and made their own decision about thedirection that this country should go. Isn’t that whatdemocracy is all about, having a choice?
Just because the majority did not side with your views does notmean that you should engage in acts of pettiness toward those whoalign themselves with the Republican Party. Are we going to keepgoing through this extreme polarization until the Democrats winback power?
A clear majority of Americans have made it abundantly clear thatthey want Bush to lead this great nation for four more years. Whatis so hard to comprehend? You lost! It is time to suck it up andget over it. Acting like little whiny children will only get you in2008 what it got you this year, a demoralizing thrashing at thehands of the Republican Party.
So, for God’s sake, get over it and do somethingconstructive.
By Alicia Kingman, Staff Writer
Maybe Canada can squeeze a few more of us in. Well for those whodon’t make it, my regards for another four years of massivejob loss, slurred speeches, and no end in sight for the war inIraq.
I just wonder if the American people knew what they were gettinginto when they decided to choose a candidate who according toMichael Moore, spent over 40 percent of his first year in office onvacation. I guess surf’s up, right?
As I sit and sulk in this defeat I also begin to wonder aboutwhat the next four years have in store for us.
Some have argued that Bush has lost more jobs in his last fouryears as president than any president since Hoover, who wasironically in office during the great depression.
According to www.johnkerry.com Bush lost over 1.8 million jobs.According to the Bush site, www.georgewbush.com, since last Augustthere have been 1.5 million new jobs created. So our margin oferror is around a quarter million. Just peanuts right?
Well ask the population in the quarter million, they may have adifferent view of what we needed to improve just this last year,this last election year?
Will Bush in the next four years create and sustain more jobs?Well he failed to get my vote for president, and he doesn’thave my vote here either.
I have to say I really do look forward to counting the number oftimes he screws up a speech, fumbles over his words and makes anass out of himself, oh, and America too. Maybe we should start acollection for speech lessons. Here’s my two cents.
During the days prior to this election, rumors flew of there-instatement of a draft in order to increase military efforts inIraq. Perhaps many of you are now questioning how realistic thisis. Maybe you are thinking of all the young people you know,between the ages of 18 and 26, how many of your friends would beaffected? Is it possible?
I think the one thing we can conclude is that with Bush as ourpresident, anything is possible.
Of course, I am not without some positive comments: at least weknow what will be the hot topics in the presidential debates for2008: how to pull out of the deficit, create jobs lost and how thehell to get out of Iraq. On the plus side, at least Bushwon’t be in the running.
Give my regards to America. Canada here I come.