Enough Whining and Bitching Already!

It hasn't even been one week yet, and I'm already fed up with the Left whining and bitching about the election. The Left has won in a big way and they don't even realize it. The reason they cannot see their winnings though, is that they only understand direct control over others.

First consider gay-marriage. Eleven states placed it on the ballot. When I was a younger man, few people would give the issue sufficient respect to even consider voting on it. Think about what I just said. No one would even consider it an issue to be put on the ballot. The hearts and minds of people in civil society are already becoming sufficiently tolerant of gay relationships that the Right feels it must excercise political power to stop it. The battle was lost, but this was a battle fought deep within enemy territory. I'm sure this war is far from over, and the Left is far from losing it.

Second consider the margins, 52% of the popular vote is hardly a ringing endorsement. The Left tied a hand behind their back by running a spineless Massachusetts limousine liberal. (Wasn't it the Left that disparaged candidates "born with a silver spoon in their mouth"?) A Democrat red-state governor would have secured the election with much more than 52%.

Thirdly, what did the Left think it was doing for all those years it concentrated power in D.C.? Bush has been doing it better. Bush has done more to promote the Left's agenda than Clinton even thought of. Just look at domestic spending. Bush has created lots of jobs of the government variety, and proposed more socialism than Clinton. On top of that, Bush is making "free-market" and "capitalism" synonymous with cronyism and privilege in the minds of voters. Bush's labeling of warmed over socialist policies as "market-based reforms" will further discredit free markets in the minds of voters. When the Left regains the Presidency in 2008 by running a red-state politician, the left will be in a position to totally dominate U.S. politics.

So for all you leftists - quit your bitchin'!

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The election was a shock,

The election was a shock, but you are right that it was not a 'loss'. John Kerry is said to be *the* most liberal man in the Senate, and yet he still garnered over 50 million votes for President of the US.

The only bitching I've encountered has come as a result of republicans gloating, and trying to tell democrats how they need to 'change' in order to keep the party going.

I've moved on to bitching about the already evident results of the election.

Apologies for the off-topic

Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I didn't see any other way to contact you.

Is there a possibility you could change your RSS feed from summary to full text? I have trouble reading your site with the color scheme you're using, and I would like to read it at Bloglines instead. It's much easier to read there and more convenient too.

It's easy to change to full text feeds; it's in your WordPress options under Options/Reading.

Many thanks,

-Mike

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Did you see the Kos link

Did you see the Kos link Jonothan posted? The Jesusland maps? (those were at least humorous), Matthew Yglesias' blog? Come out to the S.F. Bay area and listen to it on the streets.

Also, Kerry could be very conservative and he would still be a loss for the Dems. Ever since the 70's a Massachusetts politicion cannot get elected President. I don't think the industrial midwestern union guys trust northeastern politicians after JFK. Come to think of it - Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush have all been executive branch guys. Not a single legislator in the bunch. Two strikes. Trust me: if the Dems run a red-state ex-governor in 2008, the Dems will win.

The R's have always been a bit tiresome. I figured I had a chance of convincing some of our friends on the left to change their tune a bit.

Why do you think you're at

Why do you think you're at war with your own countrymen?

It was a metaphor.

It was a metaphor.

David, There are some Blogs

David,

There are some Blogs I've purposely avoided of late. The Dems are hurting from this election -- they took it personal. Those who are still um, 'discussing' the 'loss' may be dealing with the results the only way they can at present. It was a shock, but I was already shocked over what I witnessed at the polls -- perhaps that helped prepare me for the election, I dunno.

It's also been actually nice to read other news that isn't election/campaigning related, so I've kept busy there.

I don't know how other Blogs will take your post, I just hope it isn't like throwing salt on a wound.

I guess I don't understand

I guess I don't understand why the left was shocked. The election markets had been predicting a Bush win and slight R increase in the legislature since those contracts were posted. OTOH, I guess that is where the problem is. Many on the Left don't trust markets, so they might dismiss Tradesports and IEM as meaningless.

I think that Dave makes a

I think that Dave makes a good point that elections shouldn't be always about winning (though obviously it's important). If Dems look at the election through a policy lens, I think Dave is correct that policy-wise, Bush has been very much in line with modern-liberal policy - No Child Left Behind, Prescription Drug, spending, etc.

Similarly, Clinton was a Republican-policy president even though he was a Democrat. Republicans don't appreciate how good they had it. Does it really matter if your guy isn't in office as long as your policies are favored?

It shouldn't, but I guess it does if the election is viewed as a sport rather than an event that will affect lives. I guess it's second-nature as a libertarian, not having a Party to pin any hopes on, to evaluate elections through a policy lens rather than as a football game.

Okay, then. Why do you

Okay, then. Why do you think it is AS IF you are at war with your own countrymen?

...if the election is viewed

...if the election is viewed as a sport rather than an event that will affect lives

I think its viewed in the same light as Pepsi views an increase in Coke sales. Who really cares what people drink? If you lose market share, you lose revenue. Maybe it's a small consolation that people still want to drink cola.

If you're a pol and you have no influence to peddle, it does affect your life.

If you’re a pol and you

If you’re a pol and you have no influence to peddle, it does affect your life.

Mark makes a great point here. Major-party politicians (i.e. successful politicians) care about major-party politicians, not necessarily any lofty goals.

Okay, then. Why do you think

Okay, then. Why do you think it is AS IF you are at war with your own countrymen?

The metaphor was that of strategy and tactics. Perhaps I should recast it as a game of Monopoly(tm). The Dems just landed on Boardwalk with a hotel. It really hurts. But they own all of the purples, oranges, and reds with hotels on them and have cash on hand to pay the rent. Oh, and the Libertarians and Greens are sitting in jail with very little cash and the titles to complete a couple more sets for the Dems.

in typical pepper haired

in typical pepper haired liberal fashion, they can't stomach thier own philosophy!!! hahhaha i love watching them gnash their teeth because they didn't get thier way. its a thing a beauty seeing the hypocrytes expound democracy out one side of their mouth and when it clearly and fairly worked against them, they kill themselves (literally and figuratively)trying to disengage. hahahhah its great.

IMO, the election was a

IMO, the election was a shock because I, and others thought that the war in Iraq would be foremost in people's minds on Nov.2 -- apparently that wasn't the case.

I hoped that new leadership would better lead in dealing with the middle east. At the very least I hoped for Rumsfeld to retire, or otherwise be gone and even that doesn't seem to be likely.

>>in typical pepper haired

>>in typical pepper haired liberal fashion, they can’t stomach thier own philosophy!!! hahhaha i love watching them gnash their teeth because they didn’t get thier way. its a thing a beauty seeing the hypocrytes expound democracy out one side of their mouth and when it clearly and fairly worked against them, they kill themselves (literally and figuratively)trying to disengage. hahahhah its great. <<

Ah, more of the nation putting an end to bitter, partisanship. :p

i'm not from that nation, or

i'm not from that nation, or any nation. i'm an individual who likes to laugh at people making fools of themselves