White and Blue
- Blue States, Two Americas! Didn't we hear enough of this
before November 2 nd? Apparently not, according to the spin-doctors
who insist on dismembering a live patient.
correspondent Carole Simpson went so far as to compare the Red States
of 2004 to the Slave States of 1864. I've even heard reports
that Michael Moore PhD. (Political Sciences DNC University) posted
a new map on his web site. The map suggests Blue States secede from
the Union to join Canada, leaving Red States to be the newly formed “Jesus-Land”.
tempted, I will not waste column space addressing elitist bigotry and
contemptible Christ-a-phobia. Nor will I respond to sour grapes commentaries
recently published in this newspaper. I won’t even gloat over Daschle’s
Rather, let me pose the following: No matter your preference Burgundy
and Brie or Pepsi and pork rinds, we are one America-Red, White and Blue!
all the election post-mortem's, we are left with these facts. Roughly
4 out of 10 voters in Texas voted for Senator Kerry. These numbers
are reversed here in Massachusetts. Then there are states like Wisconsin
and Ohio where the contest was even closer.
The point is this: 117 million Americans voted. The majority of us
are not Kool Aid drinking disciples of agenda driven cabals.
Bush supporters are not all uneducated, gun-toting, gay-bashing, warmongers.
Kerry supporters are not all pseudo-intellectual, disgruntled flower
children who worship Jacques Chirac. To the contrary, by a close margin,
Americans chose to keep George W. Bush in office because they believed
he was the better alternative.
As I worked the polls on Election Day, I had the opportunity to speak
with two amiable women who lean very heavily to the hard left. As our
dialogue progressed, I explained that I believe in bringing an end to
poverty, improving education, and affordable health care. They were dumbfounded
and insisted I must be a closet liberal. To be honest, I found it amusing
that those who embrace diversity as a theological virtue failed to recognize
their own tendency to stereotype. Despite their claims to be open-minded,
they could not fathom any articulate espousal of compassion coming from
the mouth or heart of a conservative.
I would ask my charming interlocutors to consider the following.
Mainstream Americans (conservative, moderate or liberal)
have much in common. We don’t want a nation driven by unbridled greed.
Yet we don’t want to exchange our free markets for Socialism. We
reject discrimination, hatred, and xenophobia. By the same token, we
don’t want to be subjected to the “New Thought Police of
Political Correctness ”. Mainstream Americans want to preserve
the environment. Nonetheless, we realize that sometimes the civil rights
of a property owner outweigh the preservation of two orange azaleas and
a maple tree.
Therefore, for most of us, it boils down to a series of public policy
questions: How do we provide real opportunity for all? How do we best
care for those who truly cannot help themselves? How do we improve education,
make health care affordable, fix social security, and create good paying
As a conservative, I believe that the best way to address these challenges
is to bring free market principles to bear. That does not make me an
advocate cold hearted economic Darwinism. Nonetheless, I believe we need
an environment conducive to the creation of prosperity. Then we can talk
about how wealth can or should be distributed.
on the other hand… well, I’ll let them speak
for themselves lest I subject them to the kind of formulaic distortion
which I’m railing against. Suffice it to say; aside from the fringe
left, most classic liberals want solutions that don’t destroy our
institutions. They respect the rule of law and don’t seek to subvert
the system that protects our liberty. Classic liberals are not driven
by blind agendas.
not to say that strident coalitions didn't play a role in this
election. Both “Blame America Marxists” and “Jingoistic
Fascists” threw their support behind the candidate they mistakenly
thought represented their twisted world views. Sad to say, these political
cultists now see themselves as power brokers, each claiming to represent
half the nation.
is good news for the rest of us. Blue State residents don’t
need to learn the words to “Oh Canada”; Red State residents
can still practice or not practice the faith of their own choosing.
Don’t get me wrong, liberals and conservatives have some real
philosophical differences. This ongoing scrimmage in the arena of ideas
is part of our great heritage. In this debate, fair amounts of comical
hyperbole or caustic sarcasm are literary devices that can provoke thought.
But spare us the pundits mocking people’s faith, comparing half
the nation to slave traders and encouraging the secession of states.
I don’t expect a love-fest between liberals and conservatives.
We don’t need to hold hands and sing “Kumbaya”. But
a chorus of “We Gather Together” may be appropriate since
Red, White, & Blue Americans are thankful this election did not end
up in the courts.
Watertown Citizens for Common Sense Government