A Clear Direction After Election DayWritten by Angela Winters
Like everyone else, I was confused by vast contradictions of exit polls and actual results of this election. If I were news stations, I would want my money back. For all excitement, waiting and tension, somehow I fell asleep at 10:30. When I woke up at midnight, I was like "Oh hell, here we go." Then, this morning I felt a little better about it. I don't think this will drag out for another couple of months.
My sympathies to those who worked so hard for Kerry. They really did, but I think reality is that country is going in a clear direction. I was surprised, but it's pretty much in plain view. America is moving to right. The White House, The Senate, The House and pretty soon, The Supreme Court is steering us in direction of conservative values. Well, all that except for fiscal conservatism which in my opinion is best aspect of conservativism. Bush's spending is a mess and I'm not talking about war.
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Democrats - Where to now?Written by Gary R. Hess
The presidential election just passed and as everyone knows by now George W. will be spending another 4 years in White House as Commander of Chief of world. Err America. Not only that, Republicans gained seats in both House and Senate.
I have been thinking about this ever since election ended, but where exactly does Democratic Party go now? The Republicans went through a major change starting in 1964 to Present day making great strides, but what are Democrats going to do about this recent trend of thinking amongst American people?
One suggestion is that Democrats start broadening spectrum a little more and start pulling in more religious rural users by using "moral values" or at least touching lightly on subject. As most liberal Democrats will agree, this is not something we as a party want to go through, it might help out more with right wing, but definitely not left.
Other suggestions include dropping Gun Control agenda or simply start using more affective advertising attacking other side.
I however believe one of these two should take place: 1) Make party more liberals. This would help out on libertarian vote as well as more leftist groups like socialists and Green party. As youth of America gets older Democratic Party needs to expand to include their views. The voting turnout was not as great as anticipated for this demographic, but if Democrats want to compete in New Age they must start preparing now. 2) Less bashing, more conceitedness. Many will agree that Kerry spent too much time talking about why Bush was not meant to be President of United States, but what he didn't do very well was explain his views and what he will do to be a better president. Time and time again when asked why didn't you vote, response has been "I don't like Bush, but I don't know Kerry's views."