The U.S. has never been a country where everyone believed the same, and it never will be. Not just in political conservative/liberal circles, but in
all circles of life, the U.S. contains thousands of subcultures, just as it always has. And who's been in control of the government, at all levels,
changes on a periodic basis.
As RANT showed in another thread with a great map of the 2004 election results, the U.S. is not filled with stark red and blue states -- if you're
going to assign any color to the states, they'd all be shades of purple!
OK, so George W. Bush has been reelected President for another four years, and you didn't vote for him and don't like the guy. That's fine -- but
it's no reason to panic. The world's not going to come to an end.
I can remember, when Bill Clinton was reelected President in 1996, there were a few conservatives who were in a state of panic then too -- they
thought that Clinton was going to sell out the U.S.'s soverignty to the U.N., make religion illegal, that there'd be origies in the streets, that he
was going to form a police state, that the U.S. military would cease to exist in the next four years, etc.
Were they being irrational? Of course. Just like there are a few liberals who are being irrational now. Just here on ATS, I've heard charges as
ridiculous as a civil war breaking out, Bush opening concentration camps for homosexuals, starting a nuclear holocaust, and forming a police state.
(Apparently every two-term President gets slapped with the "police state" charge.)
Look, most conservatives are moderate. Most liberals are moderate. I think that, mostly what we argue here at ATS, are the extremes of both sides.
Just keep this in mind (and breathe slowly to relax) next time you start to panic: Bush has already been President for four years. Can you still buy
and wear on the streets anti-Bush memorabelia? Of course. Can you still buy adult DVDs and go to strip clubs? Of course. Can you still watch South
on Comedy Central? Of course. And so on (these are a few random examples of stuff some people feared a Republican President would make
illegal). I can still do all these things, and more, and I live in Texas, the heart & soul of modern conservatism!
Please, again I implore, everyone relax. Yes, the President makes decisions that do
affect our daily lives, obviously. But the irrational fears
on both sides worry me sometimes. It saddens me when I read about people having nervous breakdowns, or even contemplating suicide, over a political
election in the U.S.
[edit on 11/6/2004 by ThunderCloud]