A few final words on the subject

So its been two weeks now since President Bush won the election vs Senator Kerry. I'm not going to go wailing on about how the election was stolen or anything else like that. I voted for Kerry. Minnesota went to Kerry. About 55 million people voted for Kerry. 59 million voted for President Bush and that was enough to win the states to get him the electoral votes.

That's the way our system of government works. I'm not happy about the results, but that's the way that it goes. The thing that I keep in mind about the whole process, and that a great many people seem to forget, is that the United States is one of the few countries in the world that could have this much of a division and have this close of an election and not have tanks rolling down the streets.

The part that annoys me right now are those on the Right going around claiming that they have a mandate and that the Left doesn't have a clue and should simply be quiet.

Sorry folks, I've got news for you here. Even though the Right won the election, it doesn't mean that you have a mandate. 55 million voters do not agree with you. Senator Kerry got the second most votes of any Presidential candidate ever. (President Bush got the most obviously.) You can't discount that.

I'm also finding it interesting that people were writing into the editor complaining that MN went blue during the election when clearly most of the state (and the country) was red. Well... since half of the people in MN live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and we're decided by total vote count, that's the way that it works. Don't think that just because you live in the country/rural area that you're more American and have more say that I do. Be happy that popular vote decides individual states and the electoral college decides the President... otherwise Bush would have lost the first election based on popular vote. You just happen to live in a state. I'm sure that folks living down in Iowa that voted for Kerry can agree with this since Iowa went red.

So, the election is done with. My guy lost. That's the way it goes. I just hope that all of the bad things that were being talked about by both sides never happen.

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