Response from a "far right shrieker"
On election night, I watched as a man who I thought earned the opportunity to hold the office of president, give his concession speech saying, "I would not be an American worthy of the name, should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century."
Days later, as I read the column by the editor of the Perham Enterprise Louis Hoglund, I realized that many people still don't understand what makes us a conservative. As Mr. Hoglund states, it was the right wing minority that sent moderates, centrist, and independent voters scrambling toward the ideological middle. His proof of this was a local Republican gathering in Perham, with which he captured a few radical quotes and proceeds to paint conservative Republicans as paranoid, fearful, and racist. I resent this depiction.
If Americans are so eager to run to the "ideological center," I can't help but wonder why we didn't end up with a Democrat president four years ago. The fact of the matter is that, President Bush's very low approval rating of 24%, coupled with the downward spiral of the economy, attributed to a Democrat gain on November 4th.
The economy was unarguably the reason people ran towards the far left ideology of President-elect Obama. The polls only go to support this theory; as the stock market dove, so did John McCain's approval ratings. Somehow Democrats managed to pin the failed economy on Republicans, even though the very delusional Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; who not only enjoys an approval rating of 7%, but also refuses to take any responsibility for the inaction of our Legislative Branch over the past two years, in which they have been given control.
The "far right" did not move people to the center; fear of the economy and the Democrats' ability to pin it on the current administration is what drove people to the far left. If President-elect Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate MajorityLeader Harry Reid represent the "center" so well, then let's define what the center looks like, according to Mr. Hoglund.
It supports higher taxes and more government control. It stands by the 50 million abortions that have taken place since Roe v. Wade, including partial-birth abortions. It supports re-defining the constitution's definition of marriage, universal health care, and granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. It supports embryonic stem cell research and the selection of Supreme Court justices who simply "have empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old." It staunchly opposes drilling for new oil on our own land, or declaring English as the official language of the federal government.
Let me make something very clear. President-elect Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid do not represent the ideological center of our nation; and the vote by the mostly Democrat citizens of California to protect the definition of marriage, which they already defined once, and had to do a second time because of a progressive Supreme Court, is argument enough.
I would like to think of myself as a level headed person, who is proud of our country's history and foundation, which gave its citizens the right to choose a president, and can remain proud of it, as I am, even when I don't agree with the selection. I support a government that was made to be responsible to its citizens, and not create ideologies of its own, which both parties are at fault for. I will lend my support and good will to the new President-elect Obama. I will pray for his protection, and that he will be surrounded with the wisdom to correctly handle our nation, and I do hope that we can see progress in our country.
I will not, however, sit back and be labeled a paranoid, fearful, and racist right wing shrieker. The only thing I am concerned with today is what happens if the media and far left members of government actually start being a non-representative voice for America. It's an elitist ideology that is very far (left) from the center and one that has to be kept in check... and that's where I come in.
Coty Sloan, Ottertail