The positive message of the Obama campaign in a time of great anxiety:
I suspect the harshly negative tone of the Republicans' campaign, their tone of despair, and their loss of faith in the American people has contributed as much to their loss as anything else.
Ron Moore emails: "I guess to be on the losing side of history now means that individual effort and achievement is out the window (what are we going to do with sports which are all about individual effort and achievement—scrap 'em I guess since they are the wrong model), self-responsibility is out the window…..I guess we will see if the Brave New World of the Big O True Believers will succeed. I don't have long left on this mortal coil, but I shudder to think about the grey, dreary, regimented world that your "new history" will bring my kids and grandkids...A Democratic win promises the end of individual liberty and opportunity. You guys are into groupthink…the masses rather than persons."
I wrote back: "You remind me of the cartoon characters of Confederate Generals and the old-timers who thought of themselves as Confederates I knew as a child. "Forget? Hell. NEVER!" they'd say, cursing the Yankees and defending "the Southern way of life" (ie white male legal and political superiority) against the negroes and their communist, homosexual sidekicks.
I continued: "Glad you acknowledge you're on the losing side of history, but you seem to have some fantastical, dogma-induced notion about how horrible the future is going to be. I hope you live long enough to see the absurdity of your so-called vision, though I wonder if you'd be able to recognize it. Mind if I quote your statement as to what the future holds on my blog? We can look at it later to see how right (or wrong) you turned out to be...."
- 'I Surrender,' Free Market Fundamentalist Finally Concedes. Disgusted with $700 billion bailouts, he says Republicans are just like Democrats.