For all those d'RATS gleefully licking their chops in anticipation of a Democrat party win in '08, let me clue you in as to how a loss will be perceived by most of us on the Right. Oh, I know, your little schadenfreude-dipped hearts are hoping high dudgeon and low feelings will prevail. You hope that we will be destroyed--as utterly broken and helpless, demoralized and depressed, as you all were, and still are, about our wins in 2000 and 2004. You hope we'll be ruined. You hope we'll despair. You hope we'll crawl off into various corners clucking our tongues and saying 'gol-uh-alllllleeee, they mussa bin right all along', and 'they reely IS the bess people!' (because you'll think that's what a Democrat win will prove.)
We know better. We know that election trends run in cycles. We know that we might well fall victim to some of our own party's RINO weaknesses and scare off our own good base. We know it might just be your turn, and that the pendulum may swing your way for many reasons. Most especially do we know that there's a chance the real perverseness that is in many of you may prevail (and, the higher up, the worse it seems to get) and Hillary may be able to 'bundle' enough votes, Bammie may be able to tap into enough white guilt, and a Gore or Edwards, or other hanger-on, may be able to razzle-dazzle their way into the presidency/vice-presidency using various climate gimmicks, socialist policies, and outright lies that you'll choose to believe.
It could happen that way--and we know that. It already seems to bother you that we're relaxed about it. Oh, we know you'll focus on the most fervent rightwing pundits that will voice their upset; they'll be worried about America's safety--and with good reason. However, you'll be waiting for all the rest of us to crawl into all your newly-vacated psychiatric hospital beds on Bush Derangement Syndrome floors--and that just won't happen.
Why won't it happen? Well, for one thing, we're more grown-up than you are. We understand people, and we know that everything doesn't go our way all the time. We know that adults often take the easiest path--and that humans are very susceptible to all kinds of denial, defense mechanisms, and magical thinking. We know that those wrong thoughts often lead people to believe in the fiction of 'if we're nice, they'll be nice, too' cutesy-poo Dem diplomacy that could easily sway their votes. They might actually buy the delusion that WE did 9/11 to ourselves so intolerable is the idea that there are people out there who wish to kill us over whom we have absolutely no control. We know these fears could make them susceptible--and ripe for any plucking the Democrats might want to do. Thus, we've anticipated all your moves in advance.
The second reason a Dem win won't make us dissolve the way you all did in 2000 and 2004 is that we are stronger than you are. We believe WE are the prime movers and shakers in our own lives (and if we DO get help, it's from an authority much higher than anybody in the White House!) We know that we're responsible for the conditions under which we live--and we're not looking for any welfare payment, social program, set-aside, or affirmative action. We've already made our lives good--because WE are the ones most responsible FOR that--and who's in the White House won't have the over-reaching significance your identity politics, conspiracy theories, and vast arrogance gives it.
Politics will keep the place it's always held in our lives--and we won't be getting paid money to twist in the wind and air our nightly angst with Keith Olbermann or Anderson Cooper. We won't make seditious movies a la Michael Moore or go overseas and call Barack Obama a chimp. If Hillary wins, we won't be suggesting she get raped--the way you all did with Condoleeza Rice--or, if Chelsea is getting married, wish her bereft of kids and much unhappiness--your tokens to Jenna. We won't be holding the American flag upside down or burning it into ashes--and you'll never see the Viet Nam War Memorial defaced by a Republican while a Dem president's in office!
You'll, of course, say "with a good Demmie president at the helm we won't 'need' to do these things"! LOL! But that's not why they won't happen (and I think you know that.) The prolonged national temper tantrum you've been attempting since the 1960's won't happen because the same adults that were in the room then are in the room now, and we love and respect our country and we won't do anything to hurt it.
We know that, to the outside world, the President of the United States IS America; how we treat him is the way they will treat us. Other countries will look to see if we have enough integrity--enough honor--to respect ourselves and who we are and, if they see we have none, they won't accord us any themselves. This self respect is inimitable to our image in the world--more than any presidential act with which we agree or disagree--and it, to the exclusion of everything else, will shape how they feel about our country.
So, Demmies, Leftistas, you Americans-In-Name-Only, yes, yes... you take your win and you go ahead and feel really good about it; it is only your turn up at bat--and everybody gets one. Like parents taking their kids trick-or-treating, we will watch from the sidewalk as you ring the doorbell of your political will and we will see whether good or ill comes of it. We will be waiting with the iodine and band-aids for your inevitable fall-down-and-skinned-knee and, if the big kids get mean and steal your lunch money, you know who'll be here to make it all better: our love of country, our respect of the office of the president, our loyalty and integrity--and every last one of our brave Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines.