new to MyDD
by ypsilanti, Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 01:43:11 PM EST
I have come to find that the people who run and use this site display some of the most intelligent and informative political information and opinions I think I've ever seen. I think I've learned more politics in the last week from this site than over the last four years. You see, four years ago I cared little of politics...then George W. Bush was made (I'd say elected, but we all know that's not true) president and all of that changed. over the last four years I came to realize that George W. Bush may be the worst president in our nation's history and I couldn't sit idly by anymore.
Like just about everyone on this site, John Kerry's defeat was a disappointment. The days that followed were filled with equal parts anger, frustration and sadness. I feared the road ahead. I wondered what 'moral values' were. I wondered how, as the Daily Mirror in the UK so aptly displayed on their cover, 59 million people could be so dumb.
I realize that John Kerry's demise did not rest solely on the votes of a misguided majority or the evil doings of a terrible president. I feel that Kerry failed to connect with many voters and convince them that he did in fact have a plan. As deplorable as Bush may be, he still comes off to many as a likable guy...someone you'd have a beer with. Kerry came off sometimes as an elitist. In middle America, that's about the worst impression you can give.
Don't get me wrong, I believed in Kerry in my heart of hearts...not just because he wasn't Bush, but because I felt he had what it took to lead this nation into a more enlightened age. The average American, however, decided that instead of making the economy better or ending a needless war or making sure everyone has health care, that gays shouldn't have rights. It's a sad day for America.
With all that said, I thank each and every one of you, and I hope that I can give you as much as you give me.
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