Saturday, October 30, 2004

Hoping for a Kerry landslide?

Possible Election Outcomes sorted in order of desirability:

1. Massive Bush landslide. San Francisco put on suicide watch. Countries J-P invaded.

2. Massive Kerry landslide. Acceptance speech lasts 9 hours. Mary Cheney is a lesbian.

3. Massive Nader landslide. Hobbits and trees rejoice. Rainbow-powered cars set for ’05.

4. Massive Inanimate Carbon Rod landslide. Time Magazine Cover: "In Rod We Trust."

5. Protracted Legal Battle; Kerry wins. Lawyers of “He Who Has the Long Face and Windy Speech” triumph over the lawyers of the Bush tribe.

6. Protracted Legal Battle; Bush wins. El Presidente defeats the Democrat insurgency. Edwards cries to his mommy.
In summary, whoever wins I hope they win by a lot, and I’d prefer that it was Bush. Still, I would rather see a massive Kerry victory than a scenario reminiscent of 2000 with Bush emerging as the bloodied victor.

It is absolutely vital that a clear winner with a strong mandate come out of this election. Not only are we in the middle of war against the terrorist-spawning totalitarian mechanisms of the Middle East, but it is our duty to set the proper example for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

If the election is close, voting irregularities, which happen in every election, will be inflated by the press and used as ammo by lawyers. In turn, the worldwide press will seize on this news and distort it. Finally, news of military coups in Washington will filter down to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The left’s constant whining and wailing about the 2000 election has already seriously undermined the perception of American democracy in the world. In Europe, many don’t understand the Electoral College system of the United States, and thus it is hard for them to comprehend why the popular vote winner lost. Sneers of “Bush stole the election” gain a certain sense of believability, especially for Europeans already predisposed to anti-Americanism.

Many have also been indoctrinated with leftist shibboleths such as the “disenfranchised” of Florida; a favored meme of the left that has had a hugely pernicious effect on the legitimacy of the US in the eyes of many of our voters. This disgustingly opportunistic sniping is done at the expense of American democracy. I’m not looking forward to a Kerry presidency, but his winning would be immensely preferable to a Bush win that destroyed the last shred of American credibility in the world. I generally don't care what France et al think about us (and, in fact, earning the ire of certain countries is a sign that we are going in the right direction), but if we are percieved as a an illegitimate dictatorship it will seriously hamper our ability to champion the spread of democracy. And, given the chance, the Europress would seize any chance to strangle Middle East democracy in its infancy, just to spite America.

Due to the shameful behavior of the left in the past few years, we are put in this awkward position. I hope, underneath the unmitigated Bush hatred, they’re happy for what the damage they have done. I have no faith in Leftists comporting themselves with a modicum of respect for our Democratic institutions or the precarious world position we are in, and so in a protracted legal battle I would hope for a Kerry presidency over a Bush presidency. The right wouldn't bring the country down with it, but, after four years of Bushitler, I would fully expect riots and other violence from the puerile left.

These children have thrown a red-faced, screaming temper tantrum for the last four years, barely pausing for breath, and it has had the desired effect, at the expense of the legitimacy of American institutions.

We need to repair this, starting with this election. Stories of preemptively mobilized lawyers just scare the heck out of me.

update: A related piece:

The Democrat and Republican should agree to accept the outcome of this year's presidential election, no matter how close, no matter which of the two candidates comes out on top. They also should forswear any post-election lawsuits. And they should urge their supporters to do the same.

If Kerry and Bush were to evince such statesmanship, they not only would do much to restore faith in the American electoral system, they also would do much to promote civility between all but the most rabid Democrats and Republicans.


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