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Spoke—Who Will Listen?
The people choose and the hard work continues...
[Michael Nevin Jr.] 10/05/04
the most heartfelt speech of his life, Senator John F. Kerry
spoke to America and asked for unity and common cause. He
accepted the will of the American people and he accepted defeat. “We
must join in common effort without remorse or recrimination,
without anger or rancor,” Kerry urged.
the same lines, President Bush remarked, “So today I want to
speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make
this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and
I will work to earn it.”
was a long and often bitter presidential campaign. And
it is over. The roadmap for the next four years was not
decided by phony exit polls, campaign surrogates, foreign capitals,
or the old media. This election was decided by the “Fly-Over” country,
Middle America, and a host of other names attributed to places
not often found in the New York Times travel section. Surprising
to some liberals, moral values may have trumped every other
issue as the main factor in this election. The heartland
has spoken and folks in the Beltway better be listening.
a mainstream media dedicated to his defeat, a tirade from the
Hollywood left, over $50 million from three billionaires funding
several infamous 527’s, and the ivory tower elitists, George
W. Bush won re-election convincingly gathering both the Electoral
College and the most popular votes in American history.
voter turnout proved that the President didn’t just solidify
his base, he expanded it. Capital Hill will look more
Republican by late January, and mandate appears to be the watchword
of the day. A seismic shift on the political landscape
is complete, and any political observer worth his or her weight
would acknowledge this reality.
have every right to toast a great victory, but glee will turn
to earnestness in a matter of days. When Americans are
positioning themselves on a real battlefield, attention refocuses
rather quickly. Military commanders will replace political
pundits on the evening newscasts. The course has been
set; victory will not come easy, and it will not come cheap. Now
that this tiresome presidential campaign has ended, Americans
on both sides of the political spectrum should put their differences
aside and do everything necessary to win this war.
will learn if national Democrats choose to return to their
proud roots or become the Opposition Party. Expect behind-the-scenes
infighting to determine their direction. The Democratic
majority supports our military, has strong family values, and
loves the country. Unfortunately, these Democrats were
led by the leftist fringe in this past election cycle. Unless
the ultra-left wing of the party is jettisoned over the next
few years, power in Washington will remain solidly in Republican
hands. Hope always trumps hate, and in a time of war,
that message is especially critical.
I watched the election results roll in on November 2nd, a moment struck me that I will never forget. As
news coverage showed Bush pulling ahead in the race, cameras
captured Marines in Fallujah loudly cheering the results. America
had a chance to hear them speak, and it mattered.
everyone in the military supported Bush in his campaign, but
a 3-1 ratio is significant. I thanked God that such brave
men would put their lives on the line so that my child can
live free. I thanked God that these patriots seemed to
have a moment of joy in a place that has lacked hope for decades. And
finally, I thanked God that I’m an American. tOR
2004 Michael Nevin Jr.