No mandate for George Bush

Letters to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

I can't say that I am happy how this election turned out. I am glad that it is over with and I just want to move on. However, I am worried about what is in store for us as a country. I feel like all of my values are under attack. If your family is like mine it is full of lots of different kinds of people. Not all of them are white, some are gay, some have had abortions, and most of them are Catholic. That is an American family. I hope that the president chooses to govern for all of us.

It just as easily could have turned out the other way and Kerry could have won by 1 percent. Democrats could have claimed a mandate to reshape society in their image. Somehow I don't think they would be laying out an agenda to make churches pay tax, or require them to teach evolution in Sunday school. Nobody would be talking about forcing golf courses to plant trees. Kerry understood that he would have had to govern for all of the people.

In my family there are also hunters, businessmen, Republicans, and even golfers. People I respect and consider my friends voted for George Bush. I believe they acted with good intentions, and I hope that someday this country won't be so divided.

One thing I am absolutely sure of is that George Bush does not have a mandate in any way, shape, or form.

Edwin Knuth

Auke Bay

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