From the politech mailing list:
The men who lead the United States in its revolution against England, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and put together the Constitution were not Christians by any stretch of the imagination.
An excellent refutation of the assertion that the United States was founded on ‘Christian’ values.
It’s part of a letter that Jefferson sent in 1798 after the passage of the Sedition Act (Patriot Act version 0):
“A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt…. If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake.”
America is not red or blue, it’s purple, despite a confederate resurgence. But it could be that the people voting for Kerry are just afraid of the dark, or maybe just smarter (found here, based on this). [ update 11/10: a series of cartograms ]
All in all, the conclusion that I’m coming to is that America is not nearly as divided (geographically) as we think. We are, however, still awesomely divided inside our communities. When most communities in the country are split pretty close to 50/50, something is awry.
I spoke at length today with a convicted republican. She’s quite intelligent, her leap of faith is belief in the bible, similar to my leap of faith believing things like ‘killing is always wrong’, and ‘all people are created equal’. I can’t in any rational way say that her jump makes less sense than mine, it’s just not the one I chose.
The first question I asked her was ‘Do you feel that the people you voted for in the election are representing your beliefs?’
The answer was a resounding ‘No.’ This is, of course, an incredibly unscientific study, but it does suggest the standpoint that the vast majority of voters are voting for the lesser of two evils. We are now involved in a system that is making a very few people happy most of the time, and making most people unhappy most of the time.
There must be a more equitable solution.
There’s a lot of truth to this. We must also focus our attentions on repairing the system that created the false dichotomy of partisan politics.
He is our President — legitimately, and credibly.
Our criticism of this administration must now focus narrowly and sharply: on the policies, not on the credibility of the man.
So I stop by a friend’s work today, she’s reading this book. I hung out for a half-hour or so, flipped through the book and read a bunch of excerpts. News for the ladies. It’s all true. You don’t need to read the book, if you’re willing to accept what’s below without equivocation. Given that you’re not, read the book. This is a direct quote from the table of contents.
Why are we upset at the outcome of the election, when we should be OUTRAGED that we have created a system that limits our options so absurdly?