"During Christmas Eve dinner, a relative commented on the many people who still display Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers - saying 'Why can't they just get over it and move on?'
Being one of this group, I'm writing to dispel the idea that I display my sticker as a sign of continued mourning over the results of the election. Instead, it's a sign that I will not be held responsible for the colassal domestic and international messes we'll be left with when Bush leaves office.
It's a sign of solidarity with those who believe that wars of choice are immoral, that the only way to support the troops is to oppose the dishonest policies that put them in harm's way unnecessarily.
It's a sign that I support protection of civil rights and liberties for all. It's a sign that I support preservation of the environment, our fundamental common interest.
It's a sign of hope that one day soon we'll have a leader of whom we can be proud.
And above all, it's a sign that I love my country."
Mike Gude, St. Paul.
Wow. That's a powerful sticker! Hate to break it to you Mike, but a majority of Americans feel that we already have a leader of whom we can be proud. Why do you and all the other con-Trib-utors always write in a fashion that suggests that the constituency to which you belong is really the majority, and that you have been denied your rightful place as guardians of this country's soul? And quit trying to wrap yourself in the flag. Everyone who reads letters like your's recognizes the common ruse that you and your kind are the'true patriots,' and that you do what you do out of an undying love for this country. We know better. We know that you actually hate this country as it is currently constituted. You do not subscribe to American exceptionalism, and you openly wish that we were not as successful and influential as we are. Go back to the Sixties Mike.