Sunday, November 07, 2004


The Sadness of Mistaken Perception

In the wake of the great disapointment, there has been a lot of irrational complaint, threats and talk, but this one is the saddest, I believe.

Bush won by 4 million votes, but a man committed suicide because, as his friend said: "It's a national tragedy. This election is devastating to all who believe in democracy."

4 million votes. If we were a straight democracy, with no electoral college, like a number of people in democratic circles had written that they wished for, there wouldn't even be any question. (Hat tip to BFB)

The real tragedy for many of those people who feel so hurt is that much of this country has repudiated what they consider good and true and right. I feel very sorry that someone would take their life because of it. But perhaps it means its time to examine why it was repudiated...and if the answer that comes up is "Because they're stupid," then they are setting themselves up to be hurt again.

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