November 15, 2004
Note: this is a post recovered from my old blog, before it died of an insufficient backup. Any comments/trackbacks on it have not been brought over, but can be seen with the original. The date is that of the original posting.\"\;
Bob Hayes at Let's Try Freedom has a simple pledge, that as far as I am concerned all Americans should take:
[T]he winner of the 2004 election is my President, and whether I like him or not, whether I agree with him or not, I'm not going to be a Michael Moore-style flaming gasbag asshat about it.
I was going to write something similar, but instead I'll just agree with Bob. I think that it is critical that we not repeat the mistakes of the past four years, by which I mainly mean that the party out of power has succumbed to Jane's Law and gone insane.
It is important, if we value Constitutional order - the rule of law rather than of men - in this nation, that we all accept the outcome of the election, work to ensure its reasonableness, and not attempt to destroy the opposition either during the election certification process or during the resulting term of office. There's a term for countries who don't value their Constitutional order more than their particular favorite parties/leaders, and who have elections: banana republic. Let's not become one.
UPDATE: And I deeply hope Paul is wrong.