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  • Ram Lau
    The states that are most susceptible to another terrorist attack have decisively rejected Bush. Students and racial minorities have spoken out and shown the
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      The states that are most susceptible to another terrorist attack have
      decisively rejected Bush. Students and racial minorities have spoken
      out and
      shown the world that Bush is not our choice. We did all we could,
      and we
      have no regret. No matter what happens in the future, at the end of
      the day,
      America will always be the white Christian country that we love.


      A Post-Concession Reflection
      By Robert L. Borosage, TomPaine.com
      Posted on November 3, 2004, Printed on November 3, 2004
      http://www.alternet.org/story/20394/

      John Kerry has conceded. George W. Bush will have a second term. By
      consolidating their hold on the South, Republicans have added to
      their
      majorities in the House and Senate. What is clear is a fundamental
      failure
      of leadership. In the midst of a war - with 9/11 still searing our
      consciousness - Bush's policies and politics have deepened the
      divisions in
      this country.

      Bush won votes by wrapping himself in the flag and by summoning the
      passions
      of his evangelical base. Conservative evangelicals supplied his
      volunteers,
      turned out in large numbers and voted overwhelmingly for Bush.

      Bush's Narrow Base

      The president split the popular vote with Kerry, but the narrowness
      of his
      base is striking. The majority of Bush's support - 88 percent -
      came from
      whites. He lost African Americans nine to one. Asians nearly two to
      one.
      Efforts to woo Hispanics earned all of 40 percent of their votes.
      Only in
      the South did Bush win a majority - losing the popular vote in the
      East, the
      Midwest and the West.

      Class mattered - even though Kerry was unable to sustain an economic
      message
      amid the barrages of the campaign. According to exit polls, Bush
      lost
      majorities of all those making $50,000 and less - and won majorities
      of
      those making more than that. His biggest margin came from those
      making more
      than $100,000. His base remains the "haves and the have mores," as
      he
      famously put it.

      The president won overwhelming majorities among those who considered
      the war
      on terrorism or morals the most important single issue. But,
      tellingly, he
      lost three-quarters of voters who considered Iraq the most important
      issue
      and three-quarters who thought the economy and jobs the most
      important.
      Kerry's candidacy was propelled by anti-war sentiment and economic
      discontent. Kerry also won vast majorities of those who thought
      health care
      or education was the most important issue.

      Some argue that the strength of the president's evangelical base
      suggests
      America is headed toward a new era of prohibition and moral
      reaction. But
      John Kerry was the most secular of candidates. He championed science
      against the forces of moral reaction. He stood clearly for liberal
      social
      issues from civil unions to women's right to choose. He was a
      liberal
      senator from Massachusetts, as the president delighted in repeating.
      Kerry's
      campaign may mark the beginning of a reaction not by the right - but
      by the
      center and left against the forces of intolerance.

      Amid record turnout, the mobilization driven by progressive groups
      from
      Americans Coming Together to MoveOn.org to the AFL-CIO clearly
      transformed
      the race. First-time voters went for Kerry. Young voters went for
      Kerry.
      African American turnout was up dramatically. Union households
      sustained
      one-quarter of the electorate and voted in large majorities for
      Kerry. That
      mobilization won Pennsylvania and Michigan, drove the divide in Ohio
      and
      overcame the systematic Republican efforts at voter intimidation and
      suppression.

      What's Next

      Bush's victory will produce a second-term president with a mandate
      for
      little beyond patriotic and pious posturing. A majority of
      Americans have
      shown that they oppose his war and have no interest in his domestic
      agenda.
      When the offensive starts in Iraq and the casualties rise, his
      popularity
      will plummet. Were he to try to privatize Social Security, move to
      a flat
      tax or weaken Medicare, his party will suffer. When the dollar
      falls or the
      economy slows, burdened by debt and oil prices, a broad majority will
      express their buyers' remorse.

      The independent energy and organization that drove the Kerry
      campaign must
      continue to build. Its potential was demonstrated in this
      election. The
      sophistication exhibited by groups like MoveOn.org, ACORN, U.S.
      Action, the
      Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters, Working America
      and many
      others provides the base for taking back the country - whether the
      White
      House is an ally or an enemy."
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