Confessions of a Rocket Scientist
Monday, November 08, 2004
  Back To Normal
Well, the election's over. Everybody is screaming about how nasty the election was and about how divided the country is. Wow, what a short memory these morons have. Don't they remember the last election? Or the one before that? Or the one before that?
Come on, people, do you really expect the average American to consider the issues in a civil manner, to calmly exercise his or her soverign franchise, and to calmly accept the results as "the voice of the people?"
Don't make me laugh.
Elections have always been damn nasty affairs.
Does anybody remember all of the anti-Catholic bigotry that was dished out wholesale when John Kennedy ran? Does anybody forget for one second the famous LBJ Daisy commercial? Can anybody forget the divisiveness of the Vietnam era? How about all of the rabid predictions of doom and gloom promulgated by Rush Limbaugh et al when Bill Clinton got elected? And then he got re-elected! How in a christian nation could this possibly happen?
Fact is, folks, people get a kind of religious fervor over these elections. They get so wrapped up in the correctness of their own position that they blind themselves to reality. We have survived some pretty bad presidents. Like Warren G. Harding, for instance.
Look, gang, I was for Kerry, and I am as disappointed as all hell that he lost. I really think he would have been better for the country than Dubbya. But he lost, and Bush won, and I still have to go to work every day. That's reality, folks.
For what it's worth, I managed to land a new gig when the last one imploded. I hope this one lasts for about 15 years or so so I can retire without having to go look for another job. But it probably won't happen. In about 5 years or so I will probably end up looking for work again. It's not because George Bush got elected, or because I'm a bad worker, or I'm incompetent or anything like that. It's just the new reality, and I can't do a whole lot about it. Except maybe vote for some folks who just might be able to reverse this trend, and hope that enough of my fellow Americans will do likewise. In the meantime, I gotta go to work and earn a living. I hope you can do likewise.
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