Now we get to watch Rehnquist die, and have the conservative stronghold in the judicial system maintained. Four more years of a single party controlling the nation. This is a sad day for America indeed. I’m at a loss for words. Here’s the letter to the editor of several Connecticut papers from my mother in law:
Everyone mark their calendars for today America is changed. For those of you who feel you have won — who voted for the Republican party — you can congratulate yourselves for the win, but you must also take responsibility for the change our country will endure. For those of you voting Democratic, this seems to be a death knell for tolerance and the liberty our forefathers strove to insure in our Constitution.
The heralded superiority of what has now become a one party system to rule our homeland will prevail. As happened with the last election, this administration will continue to feel no need to listen to other points of view, much less consider their value. Our once rich multi-branched method of governing — a government intended to encourage checks and balances over each other has been undermined to become a self serving monopoly.
Americans have elected a man proud of the fact that he will not defend the Constitution as it is written, but instead will rewrite it. He will once again assert his “mandate” and declare his right to force his “Christian” standards onto ALL the peoples of our great nation. He wants to overturn a woman’s right to choose. He wants to incorporate discrimination into our Constitution. He will continue to undermine the legal protections of our natural resources. He will continue to promote crony corporations to government contracts without competitive bidding. I fear this is only the beginning of his agenda.
We have just stepped over the threshold of the great divide — the haves will continue to grow stronger; the have-nots weaker. The connected will be more connected; others disenfranchised. It is a future those voting for Mr. Bush and his party have brought upon us and without active participation on the parts of all individuals, our country will never be the same proud beacon of democracy, integrity, and honesty it has always been.
America is no longer Liberty Lightening the World — No longer can we proudly beacon to the tempest-tost, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Lady Liberty’s torch is flickering.
By the way, for all of the 90% of eligible 18-24 year olds that did not vote, shame on you!