November 03, 2004

the "election trifecta" constitutes a mandate from the people

if you had asked me before the election, what three things would i have liked to see come wednesday morning, november 3, 2004, iíd have said the following:


*president bush re-elected
*state marriage amendments pass
*daschle out of office

i canít believe all three happened. and so CONVINCINGLY. i am beside myself like a six year-old on christmas morning. america has spoken. liberals are calling us stupid, brainwashed, and uninformed, but we have drawn a line in the political sand.

there has been a noticeable reversal over the last few years of the cultural revolution that began to divide our country in the Ď60s. liberals are now sounding so completely wacko ("letís marry people of the same gender!"), nominating such laughable candidates (unexperienced opie and the unathletic, french-sympathizing elitist), and getting endorsements from such hated enemies of our country (bin laden and arafat) that unless they get some classy people in their party, and scale back on the lunacy, they donít have a bright future in america.

president bush has been re-elected with a majority of the vote--the first such instance for any presidential candidate since 1988. he won the popular vote and the electoral vote by generous margins.

he did this while the republican party picked up seats in the house and senate, adding to majorities they already had. they unseated a party leader for the first time in half a century, with daschle's (D-SD) loss to the thune.

the president got more of the women's, catholics', and hispanic's vote than most expected. voters have supported his moral leadership, amending state constitutions to ban acceptance of homosexual marriage in every state where the issue was called to a vote.

and this is the trend of all national elections since 2000--landslides for the GOP. this brings me to the obvious conclusion: this is a mandate from the people.

part I of the election trifecta: victory for bush

part II of the election trifecta: victory for traditional marriage
part III of the election trifecta: defeat for daschle

Posted by travis at November 3, 2004 03:28 AM | TrackBack

Hey TJ,

How can you be calling the election? I was just watching CNN and they said they still need to wait for Ohio... hmmm... have you been counting votes?

Posted by: "bob" at November 3, 2004 07:06 AM

i would be glad to place a bet for any amount that bush will ultimately be declared the winner of this election. however, considering your history of paying up after losing bets, i will need to hold your deposit.


Posted by: travis at November 3, 2004 07:12 AM

Well, once again, all-encompassingly is right! They have just called it, "OHIO FOR BUSH!" Bush wins! Bush wins!!!
I thought he would take Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin and Minn, but it doesn't really matter. As long as the world is safe with Bush in the White House.
I would have loved to be in on that bet too!

Posted by: Al at November 3, 2004 09:49 AM

This hardly makes a MANDATE, this still means that almost half the people don't want him. The GOP would be wise to move back to center a bit on the environment, domestic policy, etc etc. I'm an avid Bush supporter but I want him out of the pocket of big business.

Posted by: darrell at November 3, 2004 11:15 AM

"I want him out of the pocket of big business."

apparently americans were not swayed by this issue, or at least not as convinced as you of its importance. if they were, they would have elected nader or bednarik. but the big issues for people who voted to re-elect bush were moral issues and the war on terror.

"This hardly makes a MANDATE, this still means that almost half the people don't want him."

i'm still convinced these election results constitute a mandate from the american people. george w bush won an all-time, record-high popular vote. he got the first majority vote for any president since 1988. in contrast, no democratic presidential candidate has won a majority of the popular vote in 40 years. also, the veteran democrat leader in the senate was removed from office, replaced by a republican.

if you want the truth, only about 1/5 of the american people voted for george bush. scary? not a mandate? that's how the election system works. out of around 300 million americans, almost 60 million voted to re-elect president bush, and it was the highest number of votes for any president in history. he beat his closest challenger by 3.5 million votes. no one is going to get a 99% vote unless he's got the threat of torture in the bag like saddam hussein did.

my point is this: the party of liberalism, that used to have such a hold on america's elected offices, seems to have marginalized itself with outrageous positions and ideology.

we live in a conservative america, where the majority (by several MILLION people) overwhelmingly disapprove of gay marriage and partial birth abortion, and approve of an aggressive war on terror and lower taxes.

i feel more positive about america's future than i ever have. we have proved that we are americans, that we will retain our sovereignty, that we will not reject god, and that we will honor our history.

the self-destruction you can pick up on such places as is unbelievable:

I cannot possibly put into words how disappointed, angry, and perplexed I am right now. The reported results coming out of Florida and Ohio simply make no sense to me. I cannot comprehend how we could have such a massive increase in turnout and not win the election.

[M]y impression is that something just stinks here...The result is either massively fraudulent or deeply disturbing.

these people cannot admit defeat. they cannot acknowledge that their ideas are unpopular with the majority of americans. democrats now have a choice. they can either become more elitist and condescending, or they can come back and work with conservative america to make political compromises.

my point in calling today's election numbers a 'mandate' is that conservatives have won a battle in the culture war. democrats will have to continue to rely on spurrious court decisions to move their policies forward, because they don't have the elected officials to do it. :)

thank you, and my god bless america.

Posted by: travis at November 3, 2004 01:23 PM

Thank you Travis for an awesome post. You Rock!

Posted by: James at November 3, 2004 08:56 PM
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