Monday, August 30, 2004

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

It's hard to feel "normal" if you read as much in the media as I read. "Normal" in the sense that the world view I have isn't the same as the editors and publishers of 95% of what I read/hear in mainstream media. Yet I feel like my beliefs are shared by most Americans -- OK, excepting those in New York City and San Francisco.

If you're a Republican, you should feel proud. You should feel that you've got most of America in your corner, because you do.

If you need backup, here it is. A snippet:

Republicans have held the presidency for 16 of the past 24 years, the Senate for 14 of those years and the House for 10 of them (and counting). Republicans hold governorships in 30 of the 50 states, including the four most populous -- and hold both legislative houses in 21 states, compared with 17 for the Democrats (in 1990, the Democrats held 30 to the Republicans' 6).

The Democrats are a party that got frozen in time when Reagan was elected. Today's Democratic Party is still living off a legacy that goes back to Roosevelt and Kennedy.

And Democrats always talk about the "Kennedy Dynasty". Oh really? One President (Jack), two Senators (Bobby and Teddy) and two Congressmen (Jack and Patrick, who is Bobby's son).

So, what about the "Bush Dynasty"? Two presidents (W and Senior), one Vice President (Senior), one Senator (Prescott, Senior's dad) one Congressman (Senior again) and two Governors (W and Jeb). Does the media wax eloquent about the "Bush Dynasty"? Of course not. Why not?

And if you look at the full resume of the Bushes, it's more impressive than the Kennedys', especially that of Bush, Sr. So why all the adulation of the Kennedys and none for the Bushes? If that isn't proof enough for you, then you're in denial.

So, if you're a Republican, you should feel optimistic and elated that a majority of Americans, when they walk into the voting booth, will do exactly what you will do. THEY SHARE YOUR VALUES!

And if you're a Democrat, you have to begin asking yourself whether you need to look for leaders who can craft a vision that can include all Americans. Looking for the next JFK (hint: not John F. Kerry) isn't the answer. You should be looking for the next Ronald Reagan -- someone who will make Americans believe in themselves.

The irony of John Edwards' rant about "Two Americas" is that those two Americas (if they exist) were created by Democrats, not Republicans -- those two Americas are those who believe in America and those who don't.

If you don't believe in America, now would be a good time to admit it and accept your fate. If you do believe in America, November 2nd would be a good time to confirm your belief.



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