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The Dragon's Mortal Morsel
I don't bite... much
Not really a political rant
I'm posting this just so that it gets a bit more exposure as I have friends who read my journal who don't read those of some of my other friends and I think this is an important topic.

I am saddened, much like other people, due to the way the election turned out. I am saddened, much like other people, that the initial reactions I've heard from both sides have been to step up the extremism even further.

My wife Melissa (tabbifli), posted something here that pretty much covers how I feel as well.

I think that there needs to be a more moderate choice than either of the two extremes. I've had friends whom I've had to argue with that just because I'm a Democrat by choice doesn't mean I believe in a socialist state or (as the Republicans have painted it), 'tax and spend liberalism'. I believe in government enough to get the jobs that need doing done and no more. I believe in spending what needs to be spent to do those jobs correctly, tempered by a desire for fiscal responsibility. I don't fit either party. I also don't fit any of the third parties because all of them have philosophies that are either too narrow to address the diversity of the world, or rely on human nature being other than what it is. Hopefully there will be enough people who think and feel similarly, that there needs to be a moderate and centrist position, that something can be done over the next while.

Please go read what Melissa wrote and contribute your thoughts and comments. Thanks.

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juuro From: juuro Date: November 4th, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've mentioned it elsewhere, but no reason why I shouldn't say it here, too.

In this northern European country of mine, I'm a moderate conservative. Socialism and even communism are real political forces in this country.

When I look at U.S. politics, I, despite being conservative in this country, find more commonality with the Democratic party points of view than those of the Republicans. But I find familiar points in both camps. What's more, at least in the reports that I read in the European press, I do not recognize true socialism anywhere.

I find some comfort in the fact that the presidential race was so close. The country is not overwhelmingly this or that. I think it is possible to engage in rational discussion, now, instead of flinging of invective and abuse. Rational debate is slow, but I feel it could work.

The nation is ready to be either more polarised than ever, or build more stronger union than ever. The question is, will the individual persons permit this, are they willing to put away the campaigning hatred and start seeking common ground.
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