UPDATE: My response to the many thoughts offered regarding this post is in the comment section below...Thanks to all who joined in.
I found the maps off this link (via Chris Sells) very interesting when put next to each other. I find this very telling, as 9/11, Iraq, Health Care, Social Security, Gay Marriage, all these things, haven't changed the way the country thinks. This NYTime Columnist says it well when he says 'This was not an election. This was station identification...We don't just disagree on what America should be doing; we disagree on what America is.' There's always been city-folk vs. country-folk, born-again vs. other faiths, left vs. right, but this is getting more fundamental.
|2000 Vote Map by County|
|2004 Vote Map by County|
It's interesting that 2nd Amendment is touted as crucial and immutable to many people, but the separation of church and state is eroding (Faith-based Inititives, 'In God We Trust' on our Money, the 10 Commandments in Courthouse)...of course Islam would feel as if we're on a Crusade, a non-Judeo-Christian President could never be elected in this country. 'Mr. Candidate, do you pray?' 'Hm...not so much. I'm more of an analyst.'
Can you see Al Gore praying?
Why is prayer important to a president?
Do we need a mandate from on high to run a country?
Does Greenspan pray on an interest rate decisions?
Could I be elected president if I came out and said 'I'm not a fan of hunting?' 'Why, not killing animals for sport is un-American!'
I understand why Fear (the primary motivator of the last 4 years) would cause people to revisit their faith, but faith should always be balanced with thought. People like Bush for the fact that he 'has conviction, and stands by his decisions' - but isn't it learning from your mistakes that makes you a better person?
I wish we had a leader who thought, who inspired spirited, not spiteful, debate and discourse, who was wise and thoughtful, and had more MIPS than I.
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Proverbs (ch. I, v. 20-22)