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Archive for November 2nd, 2004

Obligatory Election Day Post

Nov 02, 2004 in Current Events


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So it’s Election Day, and there’s a palpable sense of anxiety in the air. In less than 24 hours, we’ll find out whether we’ll even know who the next president is. With the high number of mail-in voters, absentee ballots, and provisional ballots in this close election — not to mention the possible legal challenges — it may be weeks before we even know who won the presidential election.

Could this country be any more divided? Half of the country wants change, and the other half want things to stay the way they are. This 50/50 split also accurately reflects the cultural divide between red/blue states and rural/urban areas. Two Americas, indeed. How did our country become so ideologically split down the middle? Whatever happened to progressivism, to moving this country forward? How did this country end up so far to the right, while the rest of the world is moving towards the left?

While researching the local candidates for the U.S House of Representatives and the Tennesee State Legislature, I noticed that, at least around here, there is little ideological difference between the Democratic and Republican candidates. Apparently this is a trend in other states as well, according to this CNN article (”Democrats for Senate tend to lean right”).

Red State Candidate A: I think marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Red State Candidate B: I too think marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Red State Candidate B: I oppose new taxes, and think that taxes should be lowered.
Red State Candidate A: I too, oppose new taxes, and think that taxes should be lowered

Red State Candidate A: Candidate B is out of touch with the voters in this state, and has an undistinguished record.
Red State Candidate B: I think my record stands for itself, and it is Candidate A who is out of touch with the voters.

and ad infinitum…