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Can We Really All Get Along?
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/8/4 | Jennifer Nelson

Posted on 11/08/2004 8:05:01 AM PST by SmithL

U.S. Sen. John Kerry had it right Wednesday morning: "In an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans."

George W. Bush and Kerry both called on the American people to unite as Americans. The question is: are we willing to be united? I'm willing to bet my kid's college tuition there are a large number of Bay Area residents who are gagging at the thought of having to respectfully refer to Bush as "the president." Maybe I'm just thinking of the SFGate reader who, in an e-mail to me, referred to the president as an "ugly stain on humanity."

The rabid Bush haters are out of touch with mainstream America. The majority of Americans breathed an enormous sigh of relief when Kerry conceded the presidential election to the president. As strongly as people felt about their particular candidate, most of the country dreaded having to experience a long, drawn-out election like we had in 2000. It was a relief to have the decision made by noon the day after the election.

President George W. Bush's solid victory, combined with the large GOP victories in the House and Senate, proved that the majority of Americans support the president's leadership and vision. The election map showed us that the heartland of the country is rock-solid Bush country, with only the Northeast, Great Lakes and West Coast states going to Kerry.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aftermath
Nice analysis by one of the Chronicle's best.
1 posted on 11/08/2004 8:05:03 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Can we all get along?

Go visit the psychos over at DU. After spending 5 minutes reading what they post (Liz Edwards goes there) there will be no question or doubt in your mind.

2 posted on 11/08/2004 8:07:49 AM PST by airborne (Death Before Dishonor)
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To: SmithL

We are not supposed to all get along. We are supposed to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.


3 posted on 11/08/2004 8:08:26 AM PST by SBOinTX
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To: SmithL

The best we can hope for is a compromise on some issues. The libs have an agenda that most conservatives believe is counter-productive to life in America. Anyone who thinks we have to get along is just deluding themselves. There are some basic issues that should never be compromised. But what bothers me most about the last election is just a reinforced knowledge that the libs don't want compromise. They're like spoiled children. If it's not their way, we're all a bunch of nazis. As long as they won't put their ideas out for debate and be willing to defend them they'll never sell them. American has proven over and over again this socialistic (bordering on communistic) agenda of theirs will never sell. They just need to fight their battles carefully and be prepared to defend their ideas and most of them will only come back with slurs and insults if you don't agree with their ideas. That's always counterproductive.


4 posted on 11/08/2004 8:09:46 AM PST by Ptaz
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To: SmithL

Dems to want to get along. They want to keep their base angry, so they'll have a better chance at winning next time.


5 posted on 11/08/2004 8:09:55 AM PST by I'm ALL Right! (Savor...)
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To: SmithL
Good piece. And what's really interesting these days is how the media is going out of its way to focus on the few hundred disaffected psycho moonbats who hate Bush while at the same time completely ignoring the nearly 60 MILLION who supported our President enough to vote for him on November 2nd.

Nope...no bias there! (/SARCASM)

6 posted on 11/08/2004 8:10:14 AM PST by Prime Choice (Don't just beat the Left...beat the HELL out of 'em!)
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To: airborne
Can we all get along?

You don't have to go as far as DU. Just visit the FR religious forums. Even us Christians can't get along, apparently.

7 posted on 11/08/2004 8:10:59 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (God, Country, and Family)
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To: Ptaz
The best we can hope for is a compromise on some issues.

This is true...but it's up to the Liberals (who lost) to compromise with the Conservatives (who won), not vice-versa.

We have a mandate. I'm not about to tolerate seeing it squandered by caving in to Leftists.

8 posted on 11/08/2004 8:11:37 AM PST by Prime Choice (Don't just beat the Left...beat the HELL out of 'em!)
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To: SmithL

We can start by stopping the namecalling. Even if DU won't, can we here at least take the high road? This place is turning into the conservative version of "the place that shall not be named" and it sickens me.

I see people on both sides behaving like children in a schoolyard. Both sides refuse to stop the acrimony because "he started it. Wahhh.". Give it a rest, already.

We don't have to agree on the issues, or like the people behind them. But we do have to vow to debate the issues in a civil manner, and lead by example if the other side won't.

If we don't do this, the nation is going to rip itself apart and we'll be part of the problem, not the solution.

LQ


9 posted on 11/08/2004 8:12:56 AM PST by LizardQueen
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To: Prime Choice

Exactly right. We can all get along, provided the Dems behave. If they don't, oh well...


10 posted on 11/08/2004 8:13:18 AM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: UsnDadof8

Are you comparing what is on DU to what is on FreeRepublic?


11 posted on 11/08/2004 8:13:49 AM PST by airborne (Death Before Dishonor)
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To: SmithL

Never compromise with terrorists. It doesn't do you any good, and just encourages bad behavior. Oops - we're talking about liberals, aren't we...


12 posted on 11/08/2004 8:14:19 AM PST by AmericanChef
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To: SmithL
This was the most insightful article I've read by a (presumably) blue voter.

Why did 3 million more Americans vote for George W. Bush this time around? Two words: al Qaeda.

In the midst of screaming 'homophobia', no others have paid any attention to bin Laden's tacit endorsement of Kerry.

13 posted on 11/08/2004 8:15:02 AM PST by xJones
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To: SmithL

Can we all get along?

In a word - No.


14 posted on 11/08/2004 8:16:30 AM PST by Noumenon (The Left's dedication to the destruction of a free society makes them unfit to live in that society.)
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To: SmithL

This story should come as a suprise to no one as the radical left believes they're in touch with the common man, When in reality they're so far out of touch with them it isn't funny.


15 posted on 11/08/2004 8:17:10 AM PST by desherwood7
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To: airborne

Easy, killer. I'm just saying that if we can't even get along with each other, well...


16 posted on 11/08/2004 8:19:34 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Point Proven)
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To: AmericanChef

"Never compromise with terrorists. It doesn't do you any good, and just encourages bad behavior. Oops - we're talking about liberals, aren't we..."

In a lot of ways, same difference... (see my tagline)


17 posted on 11/08/2004 8:19:48 AM PST by LibSnubber (liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: airborne

As a followup to my one word comment, 'getting along' as it is defined by the soft core fascists of the totalitarian Liberal Left means 'unconditional surrender.'

That's what they really want. And they want to be applauded for it.


18 posted on 11/08/2004 8:20:27 AM PST by Noumenon (The Left's dedication to the destruction of a free society makes them unfit to live in that society.)
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To: UsnDadof8

Killer? No, you must have me confused with someone else.


19 posted on 11/08/2004 8:20:38 AM PST by airborne (Death Before Dishonor)
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To: SmithL

We can only get along when the minority begins to respect the rights and beliefs of the majority.


20 posted on 11/08/2004 8:21:18 AM PST by najida (Liberals: Clueless, arrogant, elitist snobs.... Their mama's didn't raise'em right.)
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To: SmithL
How can Patriotic Americans get along with people who attack our beloved President and threaten to break up the Union because they do not like the outcome of an election?

Democrats are viewed in the same light as all other groups who have attacked our country and it ain't pretty.

22 posted on 11/08/2004 8:23:26 AM PST by elizabetty
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To: UsnDadof8
Easy, killer. I'm just saying that if we can't even get along with each other, well...

Do you get along with everyone? We all disagree with others from time to time. It's how we behave and handle our disagreements that make us different from the DU'ers. Like now. 8^)

23 posted on 11/08/2004 8:23:58 AM PST by airborne (Death Before Dishonor)
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To: airborne
Oh, sorry (Death before Dishonor!) ... ;)

I thought airborne folks were killers...

Just like us submariners...

24 posted on 11/08/2004 8:24:34 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Steely Eyed Killers Of The Deep)
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To: airborne
It's how we behave and handle our disagreements that make us different from the DU'ers.

LOL that's why I referred you to the Religous Forum. The temperature tends to rise pretty fast there...

25 posted on 11/08/2004 8:26:14 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Steely Eyed Peacemakers Of The Deep)
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To: FarRightTexasDude
I agree with you completely. We need a plan of attack. We need some well-written materials about these documents, available free for distribution and discussion. We need some good discussion forums on those materials right here on FreeRepublic. Those people who don't feel comfortable discussing these things, and would enjoy/benefit from a serious discussion on these topics could get a pretty good education by reading and asking questions here. It would also be a good place to send people who receive the materials and want to discuss. (Include a link to the thread on the materials?) Just some thoughts...

Not that I think FR is the answer to all of this, but it is full of resources--experts, people who can write with authority on these matters and comment, answer questions, etc. FR could be a very important part of the process.

26 posted on 11/08/2004 8:31:59 AM PST by I'm ALL Right! (Savor...)
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To: UsnDadof8
'Death Before Dishonor' does not make one a killer. It's just something I picked up in the 82ND.

That, and "Lead By Example."

27 posted on 11/08/2004 8:32:01 AM PST by airborne (Death Before Dishonor)
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To: UsnDadof8

Have you read the stuff at DU?


28 posted on 11/08/2004 8:32:57 AM PST by airborne (Death Before Dishonor)
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To: airborne

I have a couple of times. Yucky. I try not to go there anymore.


29 posted on 11/08/2004 8:35:37 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Proudly defending the Dems right to stupidity since 1987)
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To: xJones
Blue voter? Not likely. Check out Jennifer's Archive.
30 posted on 11/08/2004 8:37:10 AM PST by SmithL
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To: UsnDadof8
We here at FreeRepublic have much higher standards. If you think someone is abusing you, hit the abuse button.

If someone is using profanity or posting things not in keeping with the conservative nature of the website, hit the abuse button.

But discussion, heated or not, is what seperates us from the DUmmies.

31 posted on 11/08/2004 8:41:38 AM PST by airborne (Death Before Dishonor)
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To: airborne

Referring to the religous forum, I was mainly speaking tongue in cheek. It does get heated sometimes though. But I have never had to hit the abuse button there.


32 posted on 11/08/2004 8:43:53 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Proudly defending the Dems right to stupidity since 1987)
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To: UsnDadof8

I know. I would have gone crazy on November 2 if not for FreeRepublic and FOX news. I love this place!


33 posted on 11/08/2004 8:47:01 AM PST by airborne (Death Before Dishonor)
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To: SmithL

If "getting along" means not shooting at each other or slashing each other's tires, I'm all for it. If "getting along" means compromising our beliefs in an attempt to get people to like us, or for the sake of "consensus", I don't want any part of it. Vigorous and vociferous disagreement is the crucible of truth. Everyone in Nazi Germany "got along". Most everyone in the Soviet Union "got along". everyone in China "gets along". No dissent, no disagreement is tolerated, everyone in lockstep in a long march to Hell. If that's "getting along", count me out, thanks.


34 posted on 11/08/2004 8:49:31 AM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("Inanity is the Mother of Convention")
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To: SBOinTX
We are supposed to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

So when will that start? Now that the Republicans have won?

LOL, good luck!

35 posted on 11/08/2004 8:50:19 AM PST by Protagoras (.Abolishing government schools is the first step in stopping the madness.)
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To: airborne
FreeRepublic and FOX news

That's exactly the way I spent election night, too!

36 posted on 11/08/2004 8:51:40 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Proudly defending the Dems right to stupidity since 1987)
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To: SmithL

Thanks. DOH!! I hadn't checked that out about the author.


37 posted on 11/08/2004 9:36:18 AM PST by xJones
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