POST MORTEM AD NAUSEUM
ELECTION 1992 - ITS THE ECONOMY STUPID!!!!
ELECTION 2004 - ITS THE BIBLE STUPID!!!!
That is what we are left with today. Thousands of articles and millions of people talking about why Bush won. Yet, the story really hasn't changed and I am shocked so many people are just waking up to two simple facts:
1. The election was won on religion and "morals"
2. The US is a deeply divided nation that has two completely different points of view on what America is.
For three years I have written articles, given speeches (here and abroad) and worked to alert people to the fact that there is a religious, cultural and social war taking place in the US and that the progressive, secular, scientific and financial/entertainment/rule of law side is losing badly.
In today's New York Times, Thomas Friedman(the increasingly less credible, coherent and principled Pulitzer Prize winner has flip flopped his way through the last two years, supporting the war in Iraq and Bush and then not) summed it up well.
Two nations under God
"But what troubled me yesterday was my feeling that this election was tipped because of an outpouring of support for George Bush by people who don't just favor different policies than I do - they favor a whole different kind of America. We don't just disagree on what America should be doing; we disagree on what America is.
Is it a country that does not intrude into people's sexual preferences and the marriage unions they want to make? Is it a country that allows a woman to have control over her body? Is it a country where the line between church and state bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers should be inviolate? Is it a country where religion doesn't trump science? And, most important, is it a country whose president mobilizes its deep moral energies to unite us - instead of dividing us from one another and from the world?
EXACTLY! What has me depressed, dismayed and worried unlike the days after ANY other election before is that the differences are not in policy, but in CULTURE, SOCIAL STRUCTURE, INSTITUTIONS and RELIGION.
Well hello!! That is what I have been saying for three freaking years!!!! RELIGION TRUMPS WAR AND ECONOMY IN AMERICA!!! And now, Democrats and progressives will be forced to adopt the language, policies and "morals" of Christian Evangelicals if they ever hope to have power again. But what power is there in morphing into a carbon copy of the opposition?
Out with the constitution and in with the bible. Welcome to America 2004.