I truely hope this board isn't a representation of the general population (I don't think it is).
What I mean is how many posters, that claim to be liberals or progressive, behave exactly the opposite way.
I believed that if you were liberal you would support things like freedom of thought and expression, respect, tolerance, but it seems to be the other way around.
Bush's supporters have been called dumb, stupid, bigot, narrow-minded, etc.
Many posters said they wanted to leave the United States (not that I think they will), I thought in democracy you accept the majority's decision?
or if it doesn't go your way then you don't want democracy?
I read some outrageous remark, some posters were praying for a terrorist attack to happen in the US. Some said they would not drop a tear if it happened (interesting though, if Bush is the president it doesn't matter if thousand of innocent civilians die, like the bombs would only kill evil Bush supporters).
Some even suggested it would be good to have a nuclear bomb dropped on the White House (I can only hope they just have no clue what they are talking about).
All Bush's supporters have to be religious fanatic, racist, homophobes, these people have never heard of balance, or perspective.
Some posters have even suggested that Bush won because they committed fraud, that would mean that really Kerry won but the evil republicans twisted the results. That sounds awfully familiar to the nazis theories that Germany really won WWI but was betrayed by the politicians. Interesting that are the liberals who sustain those theories.
Some are calling for extreme measures, illegal or dirty tactics to win the elections. I mean, if they republicans did use dirty tactis, and you do the same, does it make you better than them? then what's the difference?
Some people show a remarkable ignorance of recent history. They criticize the war in Iraq on the base it wasn't sanctioned by the United Nations and thus, it was illegal, and praised France or Germany for opposing it.
The thing is, the Kosovo war, under the Clinton (democrat) administration was just as illegal, there wasn't any UN mandate, yet, except for the Serbians, nobody cared. Sure, it looked more legitimate because the European countries did participate and Yugoslavia does not have oil, so it didn't look as a greedy war. but Yugoslavia didn't respresent any danger for any of the Nato countries, not even potentially, but I guess if you don't have oil then it's fine to kill civilians.
I am not saying the Iraq war is right or the Kosovo war was wrong, I am saying either they are both right or both wrong.
Those who think of a conspiracy to take power fail to see the real reasons why Bush won. They said Bush was good in convincing americans he is the only one that can protect them, I would say it wasn't Bush, it was Kerry who did that, and thugs like Michael Moore that with his rants only hurt Kerry's cause.
How much space has been wasted arguing whether Kerry was in Vietnam, Bush wasn't? nobody stopped to think it was irrelevant? that having held a rifle doesn't make you better to conduct a country?
Has anybody mentioned the main flaw in this (and all american elections)? the fact that the winner takes all, that really discorages participation.
The democrats got like 30% or something like that in Texas, they were literally wasted votes, because unless you get the majority you get nothing, many people surely couldn't be bothered (the same can said of republicans in California). If it was proportional that 30 % could mean something and people could feel their vote had a value and then, maybe it would have been 40%. Nobody criticized that, they prefered the witch hunt.
I really have many reasons to criticize Bush, but if my only source of news were this board, I would be blindly behind Bush, because his detractors were so irrational, so full of hatred and intolerance that they would make me think Bush had something good after all (kind of the Michael Moore's effect). It is ironic that the conservative republicans look moderate and tolerant while the progressive liberals look the opposite. I wonder if they can realize that.