Students sound off about election results

President George W. bush and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle President George W. bush and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle

The impossible, or at least improbable, has happened: the Republicans have won the Senate and now control all three wings of non-judicial government. We wanted to see if Carleton students had any crackpot theories, predictions for the future of Congress, explanations for the disheartened, cheers for the victorious, or opinions. So we put out a semi-random email survey. Here's what students are thinking:

I waited in line for about an hour, then I wrote in my roommate for sheriff, voted socialist for governor and Republican for senate, not so much because of my belief in Republican ideals, but mainly because I wanted to hear the liberals whine some more. I mean let's face it, there are some good ideas on the left but in college most of them are carried by spineless complainers.
Sam Kelly, sophomore

As much as I would be comforted by the idea of Republican conspiracy, the fact that Bush (our supposed leader) is a dolt, leads me to doubt that the entire Republican party has the mental capacity to dupe the American democratic public. Instead, I am resigned to the fact that Republican supporters are moronic, uneducated citizens incapable of recognizing the bumbling, arrogant, asses that they follow, despite the stench wafting back in their faces.

Two aspects of the the republican majority concern me:

  1. Pro-life men who cannot even begin to conceptualize the impact a child has on a woman's life and self-righteous women who condemn others for making mistakes, and
  2. American politicians with penchants for large weapons (compensation for what they lack EVERYWHERE ELSE, brain and body).

To begin, where do they get off trying to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body? No one, not even another woman, has that right over another female. When a Republican becomes pregnant while subsisting on a lower middle-class or below income and still holds true to their pro-life arguments, I'll lick Bush's shoes. Until then, I'll keep my body clean and under my own jurisdiction.

As horribly as history depicts conflict and war, I cannot fathom why so many people today feel the need to go and destroy strangers' homes and lives. Have we been bombed by a specific country? No. So how can Bush and the Government legitimize a defensive attack? They can't. Republicans supporting this move need to be sent back to 5th grade vocabulary class because what Bush proposes is an offensive attack. Shame on the millions of Americans who voted for politicians who never passed middle school.

I generally see the Republicans as representing what is good for an idividual's self interest, and the Democrats as representing what is good for the community as a whole. It disturbs me to think that a large percentage of Americans care more about advancing their own self interests than about advancing the interests of our entire society.

I am unhappy with the results of yesterday's election. If people choose to vote for a Republican because it is in their best interests to do so, then so be it. Many people, however, chose to vote Republican without all of the facts. The Republican party did an excellent job of convincing voters that it would act in their interests, hiding their true ambitions and intentions. Both parties do this, but the Republicans have done it much more blatantly, as of late. Feeding off this lack of education of much of the populace is unethical, at best. That this type of strategy has become common for both political parties is a serious threat to the legitimacy of American Democracy. Perhaps it is about time that we start addressing normative values that have been consistently violated in our political system. Rather than always having to vote for the better of two evils, we should start to work towards a system that adequately represents the American people, and not just a minority.
Jamie Kastler

I have a deep-seated fear that this Republican majority will ultimately lead to the free passage of anything that Bush tells Congress to ratify. This assumes that all Republicans, at some level, share the war-hungry, undiplomatic views that Dubya has. I realize that the rep/dem boundary is very clouded but you can't help but wonder...

Is it really time for the US to go to war again? Are all signs pointing to this? What will it take for us to realize that the sacrifice of the innocent lives of our younger people (us college-aged kids) for something that could, with time and PATIENCE, be solved diplomatically? I really hope we can, as a country keep our heads screwed on straight and operate this powerful nation with a clear vision of what is right both nationally and internationally.
The Dubious Democrat