Well, out of all the posts, I've decided to state my post election thoughts and feelings here. I think it's the most fitting.
I was someone who always just read the posts in here, however I became abnormally active in the non aviation forum during this election cycle. Fundamentally I'm against this forum, I supported Johan when he deleted it for a time, but I've since learned to appreciate it. I don't like the negativity it generates, and therefore my participation will become less.
I got into many disputes with fellow members on here, and trust there's no hard feelings.
That said, I'm very disappointed in my country. I feel this country voted for less freedom, the facade of security, widespread paranoia and fear. I was hopeful my countrymen would right some wrongs, and restore the United States to its rightful, respected place in the world. I feel let down. I feel Republicans have elected someone who doesn't represent their party well, but more importantly, Americans have elected someone who doesn't represent this country well.
I take solace in the fact that I did all one person could do, my civic duty, participating in this democracy with a vote for Kerry, even in my state where he didn't stand a chance. I honestly believe Bush is leading this country downhill rapidly, with his agenda to affect us for decades. At the very least I can say that I did not, and will not support him.
Another comforting feeling is Bush now has to take the blame for his mistakes. (And yes, they are mistakes, whether he can admit them or not) He's the one you wanted to fix things; I hope I'm wrong in my assessment that he can’t do it. However, like it or not, if he cant, we're the ones that will suffer the consequences. And you won't have anyone to blame but yourselves.
In the next four years, I believe Bush is either going to have to prove himself to be the greatest president ever, or go down as the worst ever. His absolutist way of thinking has given him no other option. I don't have much faith in the former, based on what I've seen in his first term. If things keep going the way they are, I believe you'll see a landslide victory for the Democratic party in 2008.
Flame, ridicule, and dispute what I said all you want. It's how I feel and nothing is going to change that.