Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Good News & Things I'm Thankful For...

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

1) Our Veterans!! Unlike John Kerry I am beyond grateful to all the men and women who put their lives on the line for my freedom!!

2) President George W. Bush is still President for 2 more years!!

3) Michael Steele may be the new chairman of the RNC.

4) Ann Coulter makes some really good points as always in her recent column. Here is an excerpt:
"So the left won the House and also Nicaragua. They've had a good week. At least they don't have their finger on the atom bomb yet.

Democrats support surrender in Iraq, higher taxes and the impeachment of President Bush. They just won an election by pretending to be against all three.

But according to the media, this week's election results are a mandate for pulling out of Iraq (except in Connecticut where pro-war Joe Lieberman walloped anti-war "Ned the Red" Lamont).

In fact, if the Democrats' pathetic gains in a sixth-year election are a statement about the war in Iraq, Americans must love the war! As Roll Call put it back when Clinton was president: "Simply put, the party controlling the White House nearly always loses House seats in midterm elections" — especially in the sixth year.

In Franklin D. Roosevelt's sixth year in 1938, Democrats lost 71 seats in the House and six in the Senate.

In Dwight Eisenhower's sixth year in 1958, Republicans lost 47 House seats, 13 in the Senate.

In John F. Kennedy/Lyndon Johnson's sixth year, Democrats lost 47 seats in the House and three in the Senate.

In Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford's sixth year in office in 1974, Republicans lost 43 House seats and three Senate seats.

Even America's greatest president, Ronald Reagan, lost five House seats and eight Senate seats in his sixth year in office.

But in the middle of what the media tell us is a massively unpopular war, the Democrats picked up about 30 House seats and five to six Senate seats in a sixth-year election, with lots of seats still too close to call. Only for half-brights with absolutely no concept of yesterday is this a "tsunami" — as MSNBC calls it — rather than the death throes of a dying party.

During eight years of Clinton — the man Democrats tell us was the greatest campaigner ever, a political genius, a heartthrob, Elvis! — Republicans picked up a total of 49 House seats and nine Senate seats in two midterm elections. Also, when Clinton won the presidency in 1992, his party actually lost 10 seats in the House — only the second time in the 20th century that a party won the White House but lost seats in the House.

Meanwhile, the Democrats' epic victory this week, about which songs will be sung for generations, means that in two midterm elections Democrats were only able to pick up about 30 seats in the House and four seats in the Senate — and that's assuming they pick up every seat that is currently too close to call. (The Democrats' total gain is less than this week's gain because Bush won six House and two Senate seats in the first midterm election.)

So however you cut it, this midterm proves that the Iraq war is at least more popular than Bill Clinton was."
When you consider the fact that popular president Franklin D. Roosevelt lost more seats in congress during his sixth year than Bush did I think we can all agree this is more about the normal ebb and flow of politics than anything else. I knew this was the case going into the elections I was just hoping to beat the odds.

5) Marriage Amendments passed in Wisconsin, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia on election day. And the only reason it didn't pass in Arizona is because they basically already had the protections they needed in their constitution.

6) All of you!! I can't tell you how thank-ful I am for all of the friends I have made this past year while blogging. You have been a source of knowledge, humor and encouragement to me. And during this rough time it is nice to know others can relate and empathize.

7) My family & friends!! My husband had the kids put all of the Christmas decorations up while I was gone all election day and night. I came home to a decorated house and it was a nice sight. Also, my adorable 6 yr. old asked me why I was sad on wednesday. He said, "Is it because Claire McCaskill won?" I can't even begin to tell you how cute it was hearing his little voice say that. I didn't even know that he knew her name. It was beyond cute and then he gave me a big hug!!

My friends were wonderful too. They made sure I had support on election day and then they all called me the next day to see how I was doing.

8) Stand!! This is one of Rascal Flatt's songs on their newest CD. I was listening to it on the way home election night. This is our mantra, we've been kicked in the gut but now its time to get up and stand!! It is beyond encouraging, here are some of the words:
You feel like a candle in a hurricane
Just like a picture with a broken frame
Alone and helpless like you’ve lost your fight
But you’ll be alright, you’ll be alright

Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend ‘til you break
Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand, then you stand

Life’s like a novel with the end ripped out
The edge of canyon with only one way down
Take what you’re given before it’s gone
And start holdin’ on, keep holdin’ on

Every time you get up and get back in the race
One more small piece of you starts to fall into place – yeah

9) And finally I'm thank-ful for humor. What the Democrats are really saying!! I especially liked the ones with Bill & Hillary Clinton!

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