Think a lot depends on what happens next Wednesday with the "handoff" in Iraq.
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Thge person who will win will be the one that collects the most electoral votes. <G> Yes I know who I am voting for and who I support and while I am not afraid or the least bit embarrassed by it, (in fact I am quite proud of my choice), I will not discuss it on these boards. Just not a smart thing to do. I do hope that you do vote and while I certainly hope it is for the man that I am voting for, the most important thing is that you do in fact vote. Anyone ccares to e-mail me privately I will be happy to state my choice and discuss why I think this person is the only logical choice and God help us if the other one gets elected. <G>
I think a more important question this time is whether or not we'll again have a situation where no one "wins" the Presidential election. I think it likely, regardless of which man is elected, that neither will "win." This country is so incredibly divided, despite our solidarity with respect to attacks from external forces, and neither man is even remotely capable of bringing this country together. I'm not sure if anyone is capable of doing so, given how intolerant both sides have become -- how reticent both sides are to "agree to disagree".
You're probably correct that the country is divided, but I don't believe it's as divided as it was 4 years ago or as the news media indicates. It is too bad about the lack of civility in politics, but that's the nature of the beast, always has been, always will be, and that's a turn-off for the non-voters.
I believe, underlying the common bond Americans readily forge between each other in the interest of security, the divisions in our society are deeper now than four years ago. If anything, the current administration has deepened that division, hiding some of their divisiveness under the mantle of homeland security. I bet a Democratic administration under Kerry would also deepen the division, by reversing and compensating for the things that this Republican administration has done. Both parties fight most strongly against moderate elements from within, despite the fact that that would help them win, because it would compromise their chosen values. Yet it is only through these moderate elements that this country has any chance of bridging the ever-widening gap.