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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Kerry-Edwards detritus

Many weeks ago I'd written a post about the Kerry-Edwards lawnsigns I can still see propped up in my neighborhood yards. You never got a chance to read it because it was wiped when Blogger crashed on me as soon as I clicked on the "Publish Post" button. But my thoughts on the matter were still banging around in my cranium.
In the middle of this week the subject was revived for me when I ran across this letter from a reader in the Strib newspaper;

Still fighting

During Christmas Eve dinner a relative commented on those who still display Kerry-Edwards bumper stickers, saying, "Why can't they just get over it and move on?"

Being one of those people, I reject the idea that by displaying my sticker I'm in continued mourning over the results of the election. Instead, it's a sign to everyone that I will not be held responsible for the colossal domestic and international messes we'll be left with four years from now, when President Bush leaves office.

It's a sign of solidarity with those who believe that wars of choice are immoral, that the only way to support the troops is to oppose the dishonest policies that have put them in harm's way unnecessarily.

It's a sign that I support the broad application and protection of civil rights and civil liberties, to include all men and all women. It's a sign that I support the preservation of the environment, our fundamental common interest. It's a sign of hope that one day soon we'll have a leader of whom we can be proud.

And above all, it's a sign that I love my country.

Thank you to everyone who proudly and defiantly displays a Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker along with me.

Carl Sherman, Maple Grove.

This sort of letter in my hometown newspaper is helpful in understanding these losers. (For, after all, that is literally what they are. Their choice for executive office of the land lost decisively in the Electoral College and the popular vote.) A letter like this is helpful because without it we can only speculate what the message is. Before November 2nd, it was quite clear what it meant. But the display of these signs after the election has been the subject of much speculation. Now Mr. Sherman of Maple Grove clarifies, leaving no doubt, at least for his own part.

Being one of those people, I reject the idea that by displaying my sticker I'm in continued mourning over the results of the election. Instead, it's a sign to everyone that I will not be held responsible for the colossal domestic and international messes we'll be left with four years from now, when President Bush leaves office.

Mr. Sherman has enough backbone to reject "mourning" the loss. Instead, he points out that it means he "will not be held responsible" for what he is certain will be a terrible mess or messes resulting directly from this electoral decision.

Does Mr. Sherman refuse to hold President Bush responsible for the "terrible mess" of zero terrorist attack perpetrated upon his country since 9/11/01? Does Mr. Sherman refuse to hold President Bush responsible for a functioning democracy in Afghanistan?

These are terrible messes, are they not? Mr. Sherman displays his Kerry-Edwards signs to protest these messes.

It's a sign of solidarity with those who believe that wars of choice are immoral, that the only way to support the troops is to oppose the dishonest policies that have put them in harm's way unnecessarily.

If Mr. Sherman speaks of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as "wars of choice", he should remember that John Kerry and John Edwards chose to initiate those wars. We live in a democracy. Kerry and Edwards both voted to invade. I would posit that a war of choice is not immoral, while a war of indecision is. For indecision is the pathway that Kerry & Edwards mapped for us in the long campaign for American voters' support. Kerry voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it.

Mr. Sherman doesn't bother to speak to Saddam Hussein's dishonesty. He does not bother to explain how he thinks the current administration held dishonest policies or put American troops in harm's way unnecessarily. We can only assume he is so uninformed of the facts that he took Michael Moore's movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, to be an accurate assessment of truth.

Mr. Sherman goes on to claim that his signs stand for "civil rights" and protection of "the environment". Once again, these are blanket charges made by the hard left and have no substance.

It's a sign of hope that one day soon we'll have a leader of whom we can be proud.
And above all, it's a sign that I love my country.

Mr. Sherman doesn't seem to understand how American democracy operates. See, Mr. Sherman, what happens is that we put these issues and these men who propose these policies up for election. The citizens vote and the person with the most votes in the Electoral College wins the office.

There is a long-standing tradition in a healthy democracy that this process should be respected as to how we proceed with important national options. Our nation and it's democratic system of government are based on the principles of free elections. This principle of democratic process is greater than any candidate. If Mr. Sherman truly loves his country he should take down his signs of the past election and respect our duly elected president and vice-president; George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

But at least Mr. Sherman's letter allows us to understand how such losers think and why these idiotic signs are still polluting the landscape.


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