Tuesday, November 09, 2004

from http://www.cornell.edu
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lets take a bit of winter on this post election rant. I find that I interpret better than to forecast, and I feel that my political allegiances are now Set from what I read like of this lady Kathleen Parker, what she says, puts it all in a nutshell for me!
I quote all of it, and I will comment yet more after the end of it.



They put the wrong values, the wrong faces before the voters, Kathleen Parker says.

Color the Democrats totally clueless

Kathleen Parker
Orlando Sentinel
November 6, 2004

As stunned Democrats scratch the dry earth for signs and glance heavenward for clues to the strange universe that re-elected George W. Bush, it seems unduly cruel to withhold what Ordinary Americans have known all along.

Herewith a few hints: Michael Moore, Bruce Springsteen, P. Diddy, Paris Hilton, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Barbra Streisand, Jon Bon Jovi, Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Ron Reagan, MoveOn.org, Dan Rather, the French ? and everyone else who would be speaking German today if not for the bravery and sacrifice of Ordinary Americans who are today held in such contempt by all of the above.

It's the elitism, mes freres.

Here's another clue: When courting voters in flyover states, one does not say: "I love you, stupid redneck morons." Especially not when sporting biking tights and straddling an $8,000 two-wheeler ? a dollar amount, incidentally, that many Ordinary Americans consider a life's savings.

Not that John F. Kerry ever said such, but he didn't have to. Preening in luxury and surrounded by celebrity friends contemptuous of the values ordinary Americans hold dear, he might as well have waltzed down Beale Street whistling Dixie.

Never has a politician been so out of touch with the voters whose goals he purportedly shares. Nor a party so out of tune with the nation's defining song: "God Bless America."

The folks who re-elected Bush not only voted for the man they felt best represents their interests, but also against a culture they see as alien and hostile. The Bush vote was equally a protest against Hollywood, an increasingly untrustworthy medium and the puerile Michael Moore contingent.

What those three cultural entities have in common as viewed from America's heartland is an attitude of effete superiority that isn't just untenable, but despised. In Thursday's New York Times, cosmopolitan New Yorkers grappling with Kerry's unthinkable defeat, told the story.

Beverly Camhe, a film producer; Zito Joseph, a retired psychiatrist; and Roberta Kimmel Cohn, an art dealer, elite New Yorkers all, were stunned. In Joseph's words, Bush voters are "obtuse," "short-sighted," "redneck," "shoot-from-the-hip" religious literalists.

"New Yorkers are more sophisticated and at a level of consciousness where we realize we have to think of globalization, of one mankind, that what's going to injure masses of people is not good for us," said Joseph, as he shared coffee and cigarettes with Cohn at an outdoor cafi.

The two-America divide isn't fiction after all. And the division, as nearly everyone has noted, is about values. But what the Democrats got wrong, and what the New York Times subjects seem to be missing, is that traditional values and sophistication are not mutually exclusive. Nor does sophistication equate to intelligence, we hasten to add.

People who believe in heterosexual marriage because the traditional family model best serves children and therefore society are not ipso facto homophobic. Americans vexed about our casual disregard for human life are not necessarily Stepford-Neanderthals. And, those people who believe in some power greater than themselves are not always rubes.

In small towns across the nation, especially in the Deep South, one can find plenty of well-traveled, multilingual, latte-loving, Ivy-educated Ph.D.s, if that's your measure of sophistication. But they're not snobs, nor do they sneer at people who pay more than lip service to traditional values. In fact, they often share those very values in quiet, thoughtful, deliberative ways.

The Democratic Party is now entering the post-election navel-gazing stage of self-recrimination and analysis. How did it lose the very people who are supposed to be its target constituents? The puzzle is not that the Democrats lost, but that they can't see how. Let me make it simple:

When Michael Moore, the unkempt, perennially juvenile propagandist is the face of your party, you lose the grown-ups. When a gum-smacking Ben Affleck is your most articulate celebrity spokesman, you lose regular folks too busy with bills and children to (a) give a rip what Ben Affleck thinks; (b) figure out who he is.

When the news media position, inflate or distort news to advance their political agenda, you lose fair-minded Americans who would rather go with an ordinary man who shares their values than with the pampered darling of the New York bistro set. In a nutshell.

Getting back to real America won't be an easy trip for many of those now seeking answers. As any of those evangelical Christians who voted Bush will tell you, you have to believe before you can see.

my comments:
---yes, for me, says it all...
Once upon a time the democrats and the liberal left were for the "common man", the working man. Think: "the labor unions and the factory workers."
Now it seems that the Left belongs to the intelligentsia/academia.
the Media too.
all have been very very busy, of the last 20+ years, to tear all the old "stuff" down!
thus they have no "Platform" of positive Plans for tomorrow as they work to remove *all* our morals, our traditions, etc!

bulldozer operators and wrecking crews do not make good house construction people!!

the democrats Lose Big!
I wonder what happens when WINTER approaches these Liberals: when they face Mr Death
as their old age gives to them maybe a heart condition, and they know that they only have maybe five more years to live.
They say that there are no Atheists on the battlefield!
yes, when these liberals get Old and the Question of the afterlife Looms before them, what good help will their liberal-left philosophy do for them then?
[I suppose they, if they believed then in heaven, they would have to have it their way: no morals and ethics pleeeeease! There is ALREADY a place like this, and I have seen a bit of it in some of my astral, out of body, travels, it is called
"the Hell worlds"!!]

It would seem that the very existence of "morals and values and ethics", is somewhat alien to the Democrats these days: whatever happened to the Championed social values of the common man....Read: "redneck", the guy in south
Georgia making near minimum wage with a house trailer and three kids and he works at the meat packing plant in poor working conditions?! Today, they might tell him to "become a vegetarian"!
I voted for Mr Kerry only because I *liked* the ideas of "intelligence" and
"sophisticated modern way of life, free of old bias and bigotries, but NOW I "retract" my vote, UTTERLY, as the Body Hath No Head: there are no morals and ethics here!
a quote: "the very worst incarnate Demon, is a Demon with a very high Intelligence but with no heart and compassion or mercy"!
*this* is what I now see, in all of this mess.

Democrats: get back to your Roots, champion the very "rednecks" that you now despise!
Back the common man, work for the lower middle class and the poor. Support the homeless and the retirees. "Dress" in old bluejeans and dirty clothes, castoffs
from the Goodwill Store!
then for Baseline first action: get religion real strongly! Become feeling and even emotional, become
"PENTECOSTAL" in your religion, as the Republicans tend to be "fundamentalists" where "laws and dogma" come first!
you, democrats, need to take up the "charasmatic" approach to political ways...Whether in religion or of the support of social issues!! The Charismatic people do things from their emotions and from their HEARTS! Get off of this Irory Tower, where you all have been living and mingle with the people from the
Pentecostal churches and the Mississippi Delta Blues Country!