This is for TH and others who refer to Bush backers
as "stupid Neanderthal bible thumpers", or similar
Actually John, I said no such thing.
I made some humorous comment about 49% of people being below the intelligence midpoint. Complete with the smiley. I also said that people have bought a pack of carefully constructed lies and misdirections, courtesy of a billion dollar advertising campaign...but I did give them the out that most of them are probably simply too busy to look past empty platitudes and scare tactics. I also said, but not at this web site, that the republican party is starting to resemble a frankenstein monster of glommed on parts that have little to do with the conservative bend. To be fair, I said the same thing was true of the democrats...maybe worse there.
In fact, just above on this very same page, I said "its not that people are dumb
. Its just that a 51% majority of people who may not have seen through a professional spin campaign and who agree on a set of religious and moral considerations all felt the same way about something"
But we're illustrating the prime feature of this administration...dividing people instead of uniting them.
"You're either with us or against us" (screw compromise)
"I will reach out to everyone who shares our goals" (uh...gee George...thanks, thats really bending over backwards)
You dont have to be a mensa member to see that this country is divided on a scale and level of angst that I dont think has been seen since just before the civil war.
Real leaders unite and find compromises. Crappy ones divide and kill the people that dont agree with them.
Clearly 49% of people arent very happy with the election results, while 51% are. In the past, we grumbled for a day or so and moved on with our lives. That doesnt appear to be the case here.
However, and in the interest of general peace, we're not going to hash that out here and all we're going to see is ill will continue to be created. I would suggest we collectively agree to bag the political discussions and the bush/kerry/liberal/conservative/bible thumper/neanderthal discussions.
As far as I'm concerned the "people" have spoken, at least some of them, the chips lay where they are, and we'll have to see what happens.