Its official-George W. Bush has
been re-elected President of the United of America for four
more years. The process worked more affectively than predicted,
and we knew with clarity which candidate won the election.
This is a time for celebration. The American public has spoken,
and the voices of doom have been silenced. Democrats are out
of touch and don’t understand what is important to the
majority of voters. President George W. Bush was right on
the war in Iraq, right about the tax cuts, right about stem
cell research, affirmative action, outsourcing of jobs, and
most importantly right about gay marriage. Whew! What has
gone wrong in the last four years?
The first thing that has to be understood
about this year’s election is it began four years ago
when the Supreme Court voted to stop the recounting in Florida.
By ceasing the recount, George Bush became the President of
the United States.
September 11, 2001 changed President Bush
from a lame duck president to the leader in the fight against
evil. Americans forgot about the controversial election and
rallied around President Bush as he vowed to get the people
that destroyed the Towers. The only thing that mattered after
9/11 was being safe. Nothing like this could ever happen again.
President Bush heard the cries of millions and he decided
to act. Thus, the plans to invade Iraq began to materialize.
According to President Bush, Iraq was a
“gathering” threat and had to be dealt with. So,
he went to Congress to get the authority to use force, and
they gave it to him. President Bush attacked Iraq, and has
made no apologies for it, explaining to America that removing
Sadaam Hussein would make the Middle East safer, and in turn
America would be safer. The war began and so did the political
campaign to unseat George W. Bush.
Democrats were now faced with the dilemma
of how to argue against a war, that wasn’t going well,
that they voted for. Their answer was, John Kerry, a decorated
Vietnam War hero that had been Senator for the last 20 years.
The conventional thinking was George Bush got out of fighting
in Vietnam because of his political connections. Who else,
except a war hero, could beat George Bush?
With every report the news from Iraq was
getting worse, the economy failed to produce the way the Bush
administration had forecast, and Americans support of the
war began to falter. Democrats began to seize on every opportunity
to point out the failures of the president’s policies.
This worked for a while. George Bush’s numbers in the
polls began to slip some. John Kerry was beginning to connect
to the “average” voter, and then the Democratic
convention was held.
John Kerry came out saluting the crowd,
I’m sure the polls showed this may have been a good
idea at the time, telling thousands in the arena and millions
more watching from home that he was “reporting for duty.”
Talk about overestimating your hand.
The Republicans wasted no time. They attacked
John Kerry as if he were a war criminal. It was pointed out
that he voted against defense spending while he was a Senator.
Republicans made sure to highlight, through campaign commercials
that John Kerry voted for the war before he voted against
it. John Kerry was now known to the nation as a “flip-flopper,”
someone that couldn’t make a decision without being
told what to think. The image stuck, and John Kerry did nothing
to counter the attacks made against him.
Then the Republicans had their convention,
and true to form they put on a spectacular show. George Bush
was the President of the United States. He was a man of conviction,
fighting the unseen enemy. He had a vision for the war on
terror. He was given an economy already in recession. It wasn’t
George Bush’s fault that Sadaam Hussein hated “our
way of life.” Nothing was his fault, according to the
Republican’s, but he could be trusted where John Kerry
would make us more likely to be attacked again. The stage
had been set for the rest of the campaign. George Bush was
steady and strong, and John Kerry was weak and wrong.
The Republicans quietly managed to place
morality on the top of the issue list. A majority of the voting
public decided that nothing mattered more that the sacred
union of marriage in this election. This voter goes to church
on a regular basis, is against teaching evolution in school,
and believes sex education should consist of lessons on abstinence
only. This is they type of voter that helped to re-elect George
W. Bush to a second presidential term. This should scare the
masses, especially those that didn’t bother to vote,
into action. We can’t forget what the United States
looked like the last time the Christian south had a hold on
our country--African-Americans were swinging from trees.
As an African-American woman I urge all
Christians to turn away from the sounds of the Christian bells
that are ringing loud in their ears. Take a second and third
look at the men (there may be a few women) that are leading
the parade of hate and destruction. They don’t look
much different than the religious leaders that helped crucify
Jesus. Only now they are dressed in $5,000.00 suits and have
the power of mass media at their backs. Their message, however,
is no different than it was 2,000 years ago. They want to
convince us that they know what is best for us, and that believing
in them will lead to some kind of man-made peace. This notion
is not only unrealistic, it is dangerous.
Democrats have to establish a strong base
in this fight for power. It is necessary to communicate how
important it is to understand the desires of people of faith.
The Democratic Party must use their skills, heart, and passion
for the future. They must speak to people in terms that are
clear and progressive. The message has to be explained so
that the masses understand their struggle can’t be won
alone. Support is essential; division will destroy all that
has been accomplished. It is not shameful to hold up, with
pride, the history of the Democratic Party. Americans must
be reminded that the struggle for freedom and equality has
been led by the ideals of the Democratic Party. We can’t
forget some of the things Republicans and the Christian south
fight so hard against are the same things most Americans cherish
as part of their freedom today.
Where would we be without The New Deal, The Civil Rights Act,
and Affirmative action? How much time would have passed before
rights would have been given to all citizens? Don’t
misunderstand what I’m trying to communicate. The Democratic
Party has plenty of faults; however, they are open to social
evolution. This is necessary for the continued growth of our
society, and societies throughout the world. If you don’t
make an environment that is friendly to discussion on social
issues then how can progress be made?
Over the next four years we will see what
President Bush is really made of. I urge everyone, especially
Christians, to pay attention to what is going on. Use your
strength to support and promote good things in your communities.
Understand that faith is not exclusion of others, and saying
you believe in something is much easier than practicing your
belief. Hold your leaders accountable for what they do and
don’t get done. Make them understand that they work
for all of us, not the other way around. And most importantly
don’t jump on the bus that has the loudest Christian
bells ringing, because the people driving that bus ring their
bells because the noise of the bells silences our thoughts.