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Gracious in Defeat

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Gracious in Defeat

Every four years, we have the privileged opportunity to witness one of the greatest spectacles of human liberty in the world: millions of free individuals deciding who will lead the nation they call home. This year, the winds of change blew resoundingly, as Democrats swept both the Presidency and Congress. These spectacles provide us with precious insight into the constituencies of the Democrat and Republican parties; particularly, how they deal with defeat. Flash back to four years ago. President Bush had just defeated John Kerry in the bid for the White House. Upon Pres. Bush’s victory, Kerry supporters disavowed George Bush as their President. This rejection of Pres. Bush became so popular with Democrats that even years after the election, “Kerry-04″ bumper stickers where still proudly displayed; affirmations to the drivers view that “Bush is not my President.” Pres. Bush was not “their President;” therefore, they felt justified in berating everything he did. Pres. Bush could do no good in their minds. Fast forward to today. What if Pres.-elect Obama lost? Many writers and analysts (including many liberal ones) believed that if he lost, rioting and violence would ensue. But, Pres.-elect Obama did not lose. How did Republicans react? There where no riots- there was no violence. Republicans have embraced Pres.-elect Obama as their President. Even his staunchest critics show him the respect worthy of an American President; respect that was likewise never given to Pres. Bush. Will this respect last, or two years from now will we still see nostalgic “MaCain-08″ stickers plastered to the end of Republican cars? Only time will tell.

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Written by Bill Everson

November 5th, 2008 at 3:09 am

Posted in General

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  1. McCain was gracious in defeat, his supporters were not. He made a moving speech conceding the loss but the crowd booed Obama anytime Obama was mentioned. You can remember the facts however you like, it won’t change how they actually played out.

    If you don’t think there is an undercurrent of unrest regarding Obama in the Oval Office, you are obviously deaf, delusional, or hang out solely in conservative circles. I’ve heard everything from legitimate and well thought out concerns to racial epithets and other poor reasons to dislike our new president.

    However get at least one thing straight: Bush was a poor president, and at best, mediocre in rare instances. I’m not blaming him for every problem our country is currently facing, but his leadership did get us where we are today, which to most people, is not better than it was 8 years ago. There is a reason Bush was highly criticized and why his approval ratings were so low among democrats and conservatives alike. You’re only deluding yourself if you think he was worthy of much praise.

    Jeff Park

    20 Jan 09 at 11:26 am

  2. Well, we definitely will not see “McCain-08″ stickers on cars, simply because no one was really ever that excited about McCain.

    I would prefer to use the word ‘accept’ rather than ‘embrace’ when speaking about the new president. I accept that he was dutifully elected, but I do not embrace him, or his ideals, any more than I did before the election.

    Ricky Walker

    21 Jan 09 at 10:51 pm

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