Friday, November 12, 2004

WTF America?

I am not even sure how to respond to this letter from Bob Jones to President Bush upon his re-election. How people like Bob Jones still exist baffles me. How we could elect one President is simply incomprehensible.

The scariest part is the anti-democratic message: "Conservative Americans would love to see one president who doesn't care whether he is liked, but cares infinitely that he does right." This is telling of why (some) Red state voters think like they do. It doesn't matter how downtrodden they are, how many jobs are lost, how many die in Iraq. As long as Bush tells them that he believes he is doing the right thing they will trust him. This does not bode well for democracy, a system in which we like to believe that decisions are best made by the input of many parties. Clearly Bush, who lauds the virtues of liberty and democratic society daily, has supporters who do not feel the same way he does.

How odd that some people would believe that they do not need to have opinions, that to simply trust in one man is all that is needed. We can clearly see the disempowering nature of contemporary organized religion here. The basic irrationality of these people cannot be overstated. No matter what Bush does, their support will not waver.

I must emphasize that those who share these beliefs are most likely a minority in the Bush states. But they are currently in power and so it becomes integral that the Democrats regain the presidency in 2008. Democrats do not have to appeal or pander to these voters, but they must appeal to those still-rational members of society.

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