One of the most bitterly fought and divisive Presidential elections in modern history is officially over and currently being inscribed in the history
books. Before that ink dries immortal, one devasted but resolute Democrat would like to include a footnote. Many political victories will be claimed
in analyses today, but one in particular deserves some attention. In a word: intolerance
No other analysis explains why an incumbent that lost the confidence of at least half of Americans and most of the world can still win and expect to
In a resounding, coast-to-coast rejection of gay marriage, voters in 11 states approved constitutional amendments Tuesday limiting marriage to one man
and one woman.
The amendments won, often by huge margins, in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Utah and
Oregon - the one state where gay-rights activists hoped to prevail. The bans won by a 3-to-1 margin in Kentucky, Georgia and Arkansas, 3-to-2 in Ohio,
and 6-to-1 in Mississippi. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Karl Rove, the Senior Advisor of George W. Bush, found the jump button on the 4 million evangelicals he promised to deliver in '04, that chose to not
vote in 2000 because it was revealed George put the W in dWi. As it turns out, the only thing people disapprove of more than George W. Bush is sodomy.
Though many liberals will correctly cite fear
as the winning message of the GOP this year, they will cite the wrong antecedent. In the end,
fear of devastation from an outside force held nothing on the irrational fear of corruption from within. That fear by any objective standard remains
because there has never been anything greater than a zero percent probability of shotgun gay weddings, forced abortions, bible
bannings or manditory worship of golden calves.
It was an aggressive get-out-the-vote 72-hour plan (perfected in 2002) targeting evangelicals in '04 with an extra push in the closing hours that made
the difference. Whether intended or not, the timely late afternoon leak from Republican strategists that "we're losing," turned out new lines in rural
Ohio still hours-long after extended-hour polling precincts had officially closed.
This is not a condemnation. Merely an acknowledgement of a winning strategy. Rove (and increasingly the GOP as a whole) is masterful at these hot
button divisive issues and even better at mind games. The RNC successfully sold Gays, Guns & God
to the target audience, without turning off
the majority of moderates largely distracted with the Arnie and Rudi Show
designed to appease tolerants.
The underground channel delivering the targeted message to get-out-the-intolerant-vote, as it turns out, was not FoxNews or any official means as even
the President softened his tones in the final days of the campaign. As designed, the face of "modern" (aka compassionate) conservatism remained
publicly palatable avoiding practically any serious mainstream analysis of it's underbelly. Less compassionate televangelists and countless
off-the-radar pulpit politicians, however, made the real difference in 2004 as the 11 state turnout and mandate against "manlove" would indicate.
Looking at the 3 to 2 affirmation of the definition of marriage in just the state of Ohio demonstrates how important this reverse coat-tail for George
W. Bush really was in terms of countering massive get-out-the-vote (and Bush) efforts from the Democratic Party. All of which (for the right) was done
almost entirely off-the-radar by the most far right of the socially right wing.
You've got to congratulate the victorious, but you've also got to study them. Let nobody forget what took place this election and why George W. Bush
America was quietly asked to take a stand in a cultural war most didn't even know was being fought, and the media remained largely too timid to
declare. Only a select few were let in on the rules. Many went to the polls thinking they were voting on issues like the economy or foreign policy.
They might as well have stayed home. The election, as it turns out, was a referendum on tolerance. Intolerance won.
Social conservatives should feel victorious today, not only because they legitimately are, but have now officially solidified their role in governance
for years to come. Having found their voice and now placed their thumbprint on elections across America at every level of government (most likely
including Supreme Court appointments), this one voting block just determined the future direction of literally everything. Bush voters got everything
they wanted and then some. All that will entail may not be revealed for a generation, but it will likely be monumentally impactful on every American
no matter where one lives in the great divide of red and blue real estate.
Moderate conservatives, however, understandably intent on celebrating today might be well advised to not think too hard about what they've actually
won. Or indeed, who
really did win.
For the remaining 48% of you currently feeling sodomized this morning, now you know why.
But in a final word acknowledging the frequently heroic efforts of all those Democratic supporters this election (no matter what your official
label), you did absolutely nothing wrong in this near perfect campaign to lead the nation in a new direction. Nearly half of the electorate including
many, many "red state" Americans voted to elect the man his detractors spent a half-billion dollars to label the #1 Liberal Senator in America
as President of the United
States, and a former war protestor as Commander in Chief
to preside over these tumultuous times.
That fact should not be pushed aside or ignored as a handful of moral imperialists now plant the flag of "Bush Country
" on all of our seriously
liberties no matter what the pigment of the America in which one currently resides.
Much ado will be made in the coming days about uniting again as a nation. We will. But that healing effort should not be misconstrued by anyone as
submission to the authoritarian imperative of some to impose their own brand of morality on all. For it is inevitable that all authoritarians are
eventually outnumbered and overthrown.
Tolerance will win
in the end and the Human Agenda
will prevail whether by evolution or revolution. That's a promise on which all
Americans can rest assured.