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November 03, 2004

How Do You Spell Relief?

No, I won't be rubbing it in...

To be honest, Kerry did much better than I anticipated. While I was excited for our President, I was shocked (and yeah, admittedly, disappointed) by the number of people voting Democratic. I must wear blinders to some extent, as I've preferred to assume that the fondness for big government isn't prevalent in my backyard...that is, until I am told that 1,240,368 people in Georgia voted for Kerry! Suddenly, I'm spooked, as I wonder how many otherwise normal-looking people - whom I may run into on a daily basis - are secretly voting democratic!

I just don't get it. My motivation isn't a hatred of the other party. Mine is a plea for less government. What is the motivation of the other side?

Maybe we'll never bridge the gap. Maybe I'll never understand. And then, maybe there is hope.

Jack is the most thoughtful (as well as intelligent) moderate I know. We have had extensive debates via email regarding my fiscally ultra-conservative position on any topic other than defense. Perhaps Jack is just more compassionate...while my hard ass believes that even compassion, nay, especially compassion should be privatized.

Miraculously, Jack and I are tight. He's my bud. Typically, the pattern is as follows: I go and start trouble by leaving an antagonistic comment on his blog, we take it outside (email), we get it out of our system (long diatribes), then we catch up on life (chit chat)...because at the end of the day, we are two caring people.

I think most of us are. Maybe this won't be as ugly as anticipated.

posted by Key on 06:51 PM | Comments (7)


Do you suppose what you described is a roadmap on how individuals with differing opinions can discuss things with civility?

It looks like is starts with mutual respect...

My hat's off to both of you.


Posted by: Christina at November 3, 2004 08:21 PM

Actually, I've had some less than level-headed and moderate posts roiling around in my head for the past few weeks, I just haven't put them down in words yet. They're on the way, but with many caveats.

Hopefully, they won't destroy Key's artificially high opinion of me.


Posted by: Jack at November 3, 2004 08:44 PM

Jack - There must be mutual leeway; otherwise, you wouldn't have been back after some of my lib-bashing posts.

Oh, and the only thing artificial about you is your modesty!

Posted by: Key at November 3, 2004 09:02 PM

If I didn't at least try to be modest, you wouldn't be able to fit in the same room with me and my ego, so be glad...


Posted by: Jack at November 4, 2004 12:10 PM

We have a lot of people in this country that are anti-war at any cost. In my humble yankee-redneck opnion Kerry said a lot of things people wanted to hear but his background did not support what he was saying. The democratic party missed the boat after 9-11, they did not see the swing to the middle class american values. The democratic parties choice of a running mate for Kerry was an extremely bad move, who wants the man one heart beat from becoming the president to be a shyster lawyer. Most of America is neither extremely liberal or extremely conservative, I think the Republican party figured that out. The democrats will continue to suffer as long as the values of the Clintons and the Kennedys are the mainstream idea of the party.

Posted by: James Old Guy at November 4, 2004 02:27 PM

Well, it's over, and time for everyone to move forward.

Posted by: Sam at November 4, 2004 06:07 PM

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