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chknltl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-17-08 12:23 AM
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70. A love for our country combined with the squeeze which daily tightens.
Look to the passionate supporters of the republican party and you will again see this same answer. For some, realizing the delusion is a pill they can never swallow. This is not like buying a Yugo against the advice of those who knew better only to find out that the car was indeed a piece of junk. This is about a deep feeling that America is worth fighting for and an equally deep feeling that WE are on the right side of the fight.

A great many republicans feel this way. They know in their hearts that America and America's democracy is worth fighting for. Nationalism is a powerful force indeed. They feel the squeeze the same way we do! Just because they support those with an R after their name doesn't give them a dollar off at the gas pumps for instance.... it doesn't ease the pain of the loss of a loved one in combat over in the middle east either. I found that thinking of my fellow Americans as just that: my FELLOW Americans, it becomes easier to debate with them. We fight on the same side afterall and for the same things. We just have differing views on how to get there and on who has the best plans. Thinking this way in every case is hard to do but when it occurs to me to do so, it DOES help.

Many of our chums who were TSed believed in their hearts that they fought the good fight...they may never come around...then again they may figure stuff out if a President Obama fulfills most of our hopes and dreams. Doing that will be almost impossible of course, because no one person can possibly fulfill MOST of our hopes and dreams. Then there is a chance that we were wrong all along as well. There is a chance that President Obama will lose to Senator mCain, (I doubt this of course), there is a chance that President Obama will be a dud, (again I doubt it). That is something only time will tell.

I hope that we will regain some of our TSd chums down the road a bit. FWIW, a few DUers fought hard to save some of our chums too, sometimes they were successful. Personally I would have missed BigBearJohn and MaddyMcall-(sp?-lass with that God-awful grinning toad). I am glad that they survived the trip...there are others too. Even with our losses these were victories. This in no way diminishes our losses, it is good that you note their passing. I hope my rant has something usful.
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