Friday, November 05, 2004

Historic Week in Review

I want to write about the search for truth, but that will have to wait. I begin with 'there is no truth, only perception', but it goes nowhere.

Instead, I'll give a quick wrap up to a week that possibly saw a massive change in our country and indeed, the world. We, America, re-elected George W. Bush to a second term as President of the United States. The significance of that action is difficult to grasp while in the middle of our everyday lives.

We have chosen a leader we like. We have chosen a man we feel we can trust, at least to be straight with us. We have chosen an aggressor. We have chosen a feeler rather than a thinker. At least that is the perception. Bush will be in office over the next four years, possibly bringing two or more democracies into the middle east. He will re-unite Europe as strong allies of ours in a fight to curb worldwide terrorism. He will open trade even further to push opportunities for our business to work within the world. He will re-write much of stale law that is past it's due. Social Security, Tax Code, Medicare/Medicaid, Small business Health Care, Tort Reform, and probably much more. He will appoint judges to many courts, including the Supreme Court.

We will be living with the Bush agenda for many many years to come. As history will decide whether invading Iraq was a wise decision, so too history will determine whether re-electing Bush was a wise decision.

We have also seen the setting foundation of the Republican party. Loaded with stars electable to the highest office, there is no comparable equivalent on the other side of the aisle. Republicans look to hold all three houses for long into the future. Unless....

Unless we screw it up. Unless we can't control spending. Unless we can't make peace in the middle east and ruin our source of oil. Unless we can't mend fences with Europe, China, Russia, and find ourselves on the outside of a world joined against our aggressive policies. Unless we lose our ability to tolerate, and our protection of civil liberties.

We shall see, history will tell, we've got work to do indeed.