November 8th, 2006

My wonderful Meg kitty.

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To my Republican friends: You voted for the war and the economy. If you are correct that al Qaeda is going to get control of Iraq, you have the right tell me "I told you so". I still believe you're incorrect and I believe that our elected representatives are not going to leave Iraq in the lurch as you've said for the last few years.

The economy's harder to tell. Anyone who has heard a debate on whose policies were responsible for the Great Depression knows that.

If the media truly is as biased as you say, then we should see everything trumpeting the accomplishments of Democrats. I predict some of this will happen, but in general, I've noted complaints of bias from both liberal and conservative thinkers. I believe that to be an indication of incompetence, not malice.

I want you to think hard about all the things that you have said about Democrats in the last 6 years and see which ones come true. It's not as bad as you think. That's exactly what I've told my liberal friends when Bush was elected and re-elected.

I believe you'll find that America is still a great nation in 2 years.

To my Democratic friends: Be magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat. Remember 2k when everyone said they were moving out of the country? Nobody likes it when they don't get their way. That's democracy. If you want things to get better, you can't keep gloating about this. There's a couple of things I want to nip in the bud:

1. Rumsfeld resigning -- Almost assuredly the right move for the country. Not because it removes Rumsfeld from the administration, but because the Democratically controlled House is almost assured to call a number of investigations. Many of those will require his testimony. With the war on and our military in the position it is, the Secretary of Defense is a very busy position. Dealing with that and investigations wasting his time? Forget about it.

Note: These investigations have everything to do with politics and little to do with whether or not he's known to be guilty of malfeasance. That's for the committees to decide. Be fair. Give him the benefit of the doubt. It's his right. He's served his country well for a number of years and that's nothing to be ashamed of.

2. Pelosi's rhetoric about running an ethical house -- while this election dealt with a lot of scandals on the Republican side, it would do you well to remember that their Democratic counterparts almost assuredly have similar skeletons in their closet. Leading up to Clinton's impeachment, Larry Flynt launched his own investigation and came up with similar cases among both Democrats and Republicans. Don't you dare be self righteous about it.

3. All those negative things you've heard from Republicans -- Think of the labels worn by liberals in the last 6 years. Think of how you railed against them. Take care not to do the same to them.

The country needs to concentrate on policy, compromise, and the dangers we have ahead of us. We don't need more unilateral politics exercising a majority to have your way over objectors. Democracy is about finding a path down the middle of the two sides; it's not the playground "majority rules". Having the majority doesn't give you the right to use it. It forces upon you the responsibility to guide the political system in a manner best befitting this country.

On a local level, I'm pleased that both propositions failed.