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Sunday, November 07, 2004

monday morning quarterbacks  

posted by Michael Piwonka 6:28 PM
It's interesting reading about the complete and total collapse of the Democratic Party after last Tuesday's Presidential election.

It reminds me of the Monday morning quarterbacks who dissect a team's seemingly unrepairable weaknesses after they just lost a game in the final seconds. For example, consider a team that lost on a last-second field goal by the opposition. The "experts" then proceed to list a plethora of problems with the losing team; however, had the field goal attempt failed, and the other team had lost, then the experts simply reverse their analysis. The team that loses always has numerous vulnerabilities, when in fact the two teams are practically equal.

In the case of the election, had 200,000 voters in Ohio voted Kerry instead of Bush, would the pundits be predicting the end of the Republican party as we know it today? Probably not, especially given the results of the gay marriage amendments in various states. The Republican party has definitely tapped into something that's not going away anytime soon.

Bush's fundamental Christian crusade against fundamental Islam mirrors the battle in the United States between fundamental Christians and everyone else.

The religious right's fear of two men or two women getting married reminds me of other examples of group think in America's past, such as McCarthyism, Japanese concentration camps, the Trail of Tears, segregation, etc. In retrospect, those embarrassing black-eyes in our history seemed completely rational, even natural, at the time.

I feel that history will look upon our current prejudice against "alternative life styles" with the same guilt as those other prejudices.

Fortunately, we have advanced a little in the last 400 years or so. Otherwise, our puritanical, self-righteous fanatics would be burning gays at the stake, Salem witch-hunt style.

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