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Tables Turned
Wednesday, 2008 November 5 - 8:32 am
I was very curious to see how various facets of the Republican party would react to this election. Some have been gracious, including McCain and his staff; many recognize the historic nature of the election and profess hope that Obama's promises come to fruition.

And then, there are the people who comment on Republican web sites and blogs.

Among the things asserted on these web sites:

  • Obama is a Socialist/Marxist/Communist

  • Obama is a Muslim who hates America

  • The media handed Obama the election

  • Massive voter fraud was responsible for the results

  • Black people will exact revenge on white people

  • Obama will repeal the first two amendments of the Constitution


The level of bile and fear is staggering. While most of the nation and the world celebrates, a few people believe that America will fall in flames and that Barack Obama will let Muslims take over, either through malice or incompetence.

Come on.

One thing I really want to point out: During the Bush years, Republicans urged everyone to stand behind the President, because to do otherwise would embolden our enemies, especially during wartime. And standing behind the President meant agreeing to every policy decision he made, without question.

Do you still believe that, Republicans?

I, and most of my Democratic friends, never believed in the unquestioning acceptance of authority. And we still don't. Obama's policy decisions and executive orders should be scrutinized and debated; we should continue to have a healthy and spirited discussion about the proper direction for the country. If there's one lesson that I hope Republicans learn over the next four years, it's that it's okay to question our leaders and disagree on issues. It doesn't make us un-American, and it doesn't make us weak. It makes us stronger.
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Comment #1 from Phil (marsosudiro)
2008 Nov 5 - 11:54 am : #
"One thing I really want to point out: During the Bush years, Republicans urged everyone to stand behind the President, because to do otherwise would embolden our enemies, especially during wartime. And standing behind the President meant agreeing to every policy decision he made, without question."

Awesome reminder.
Comment #2 from crouchinghamster (crouchinghamster)
2008 Nov 5 - 11:32 pm : #
Well said!

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