As moderate Democrat, I'm willing to be more supportive of Bush's second term provided he makes some concessions to people like me. Many Democrats refused to stand behind Bush because they believed he pandered to the religious right through his policies and appointments, refusing to compromise or find common ground with his opposition.
If Bush wants to win the support of people like me he should appoint moderates to important positions in his administration. Furthermore, while I accept that it's his prerogative to appoint conservatives to judicial appointments, they should be moderate, not hard-line.
I'm hopeful that Bush is serious about uniting America now that he is no longer fighting for re-election. If he is pragmatic and reasonable, many Democrats will be willing to meet him halfway. Perhaps with broader support Bush will be able to solve some of the great problems of America and will be remembered as a very successful president.
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Bush's second term is not going to be pretty.
Is Bush serious about uniting America? Yeah - uniting America by forcing America to accept his policies. This is what he did during his first term, and because of the success of the election, we have every indication to believe he is going to do even more of it in his second term.
I don't think he will be able to accomplish what he wants to, though. The Bush administration proved itself so inept during his first administration that its likely his second term will be just as dangerous and uncomprimising. None of us really knows what's going on in Iraq, and the experts say its going to hell in a handbasket. Of course, the Bush administration denounced the experts as being 'academic' - the same charge they levelled against people who said we would need drastically more troops to secure Iraq, that there was a good chance we would be facing a guerilla insurgency, that the people would view us as occupiers and not liberators. The policies of his administration is Bush's worst enemy.
I'm going to try to be as supportive as posible to the President, but that's going to be really hard for me because I am of the opinion that Bush is one of the worst presidents ever. I think that the most I really can say supportive of the President right now is that he won the election fairly this time and while I think that America made the Wrong decision yesterday, it's really the direction most americans want their country to go in.
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Yeah, it's pretty ugly in here right now. There are some pockets of civility but emotions are running high. I know most people are blowing off some steam by gloating or complaining, so I won't respond to many of the comments. Reading the boards would be funny if it wasn't so sad. I think a lot of the posts are written in the heat of the moment, and like the good ornery Americans we are, we attempt to douse the fires with gasoline. It works wonders.
Ready. Fire. Aim.
Right now, I envy you canadian. It's probably a lot easier for you to keep your head.
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