JIM CREES: Take back the country
Driving to and from work each day, I’ve noticed a slow-but-sure proliferation of what I consider to be an odd political sign.
The bright, red sign says simply: “Take Back Our Country in November.”
Now, I’m assuming this sign was placed by supporters of Mitt Romney who plan on winning the election for the Republican Party, but you can never simply assume anything.
Considering that the sign was such a strong red, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t believe the person placing the sign wasn’t supporting the more traditional “red banner” party - the Socialists. This year, the Socialist Workers Party in these United States has a candidate for the presidency by the name of James Harris, of New York. His running mate is Maura DeLuca, of Nebraska.
Still, I’m pretty sure the folks with the red “Take Back our Country in November” signs are not members of the Socialist Workers Party. They probably are Republicans hoping to unseat President Obama.
The thing is, even if folks posting the “Take Back our Country in November” signs are Republicans, I don’t quite understand the point.
Here’s the deal.
Way back in 2008, there was an election. Two men were vying for the office of President of the United States - the Republican John McCain and the Democrat Barack Obama.
The Democrats carried 28 states to the GOP’s 22. Obama picked up 69,456,897 votes (52.9 percent), to McCain’s 59,934,814, (45.7 percent.)
The Dems earned 365 electoral votes, while the Republicans garnered 173 electoral votes.
In other words, in a carefully watched, widely observed political election, the Democrats won.
A majority of the people living in this democratic republic voted for one guy from one party, and not the other guy from another party.
One team won. One team lost.
That’s the way it works in a democracy.
So ...the question is - When you have a sign in your front yard saying the nation has to “Take Back our Country in November” who are you taking it back from? And who “took” it from you in the first place?
Nobody “took” the country by force. There was no coup d’etat.
Obama beat McCain by over 9.5 million votes. That’s a lot of votes.
A majority of the voters in a democratic election voted and won. Isn’t that what this whole thing is all about?
A majority of the voters selected Barack Obama, so how is it then that they “took” the country away from somebody?
And if a majority of the voters in the next election give the win to the Republican candidate, Gov. Romney, will they have then taken the county back, or is this simply another example of the democratic process?
To say we need to “Take Back our Country in November” insinuates that someone stole it.
If you believe in this democracy, how can you say that a democratically held election in which one candidate beats the other by 9.5 million votes was stolen?
There was an election. One side won. The other side lost.
That’s pretty much the sum of it.
How can you suggest that someone who voted differently than you “stole” the election? The very language of the suggestion is divisive and offensive.
Nobody “took” or “stole” anything from anybody.
So, now the question begs to be asked - Is there something more behind the basic question?
Is the need to “Take Back our Country in November” something more evolved than simply an issue of win/loss.
Do the “we” demanding to “Take Back our Country in November” need to do so because of some issue beyond the normal Democrat/Republican thing?
Is it a liberal/conservative issue?
Is the problem an ethnic or racial thing? Well, boys and girls, things are changing in this country. Those ...er ...um ...ethnic folk are waking up to the fact that they have a vote - a democratic voice. They are a force to be reckoned with, so get used to it.
Is the problem a religious thing? Well, despite what you may think, God didn’t take sides in that election, and He won’t take sides in the coming one either.
Look, I don’t quite know what the problem is. But I do know one thing for sure. No party or group “took” something away from you. What did happen was a whole bunch of people voted for the side they thought would best serve their interests. And so they will do in the election to come.
That’s what happens in a democracy. People vote. Decisions are made.
In the words of that great American philosopher Waylon Jennings, “Sometimes it’s Heaven, sometimes it’s Hell.”
C’mon. Gimme a break.
If you really subscribe to the system in which we live - a democratic form of government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” - if you really believe it, then there is no “Take Back our Country in November.” There simply is getting out to vote and accepting the results of a the democratic process until next time around.
Hell. If push comes to shove, you can suffer another few years with Obama.
I suffered through George Bush for eight years, didn’t I?