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November 9, 2004

thoughts on the election

My candidate lost. I wrote the following on a mailing list I'm on, responding to some "colorful" statements made about folks in red states.

We are a divided country, but what we need to appreciate is the founders created a system that keeps the country from falling apart when these kinds of divisions arise. We may not like the direction the country is going, but every four years there's a chance for a course correction. One of these days the Democrats are going to field a candidate who can speak to the people out there in those red states who are voting against their self-interest because of fear, or patriotism, or distrust, or whatever sways their opinion. Even if Kerry manages to challenge in Ohio and pull it out somehow, it looks to me like Bush won this election. But every red state has somewhere between 30 and 45 percent of the vote going to Kerry. Let's not use our disappointment as an excuse to reinforce harmful stereotypes and divisions that only make things worse.

"We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like
federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America." -- Barack Obama

This is a beautiful vision. It's not always easy, but I prefer it to the alternative.

Posted by ljh at November 9, 2004 5:01 PM