I'm not bitter ... just right - Ed Brock

So, it's four more years, is it?

Well, you asked for it.

First, I'll say that I take nothing back. Yes, I'm right and 58 million of you are wrong.

Or should I say 55 million of us are right and the rest of you are wrong, give or take a few thousand on either side.

If you think the administration that got us into Iraq is the right one to lead us in the war on terror because George W. Bush just happened to be president when it started, then so be it.

By the way, if any of you think "straight-shooter" George Bush would never let politics interfere with his military decisions, ask yourself why we've waited until after the election to assault Falluja. I know that's a point that's already been made, but it bears repeating.

And yes, John Kerry probably would have done the same thing, but my point is that in the end Bush shares the same fault.

Well, why should I care? After all, it's not like I'm in one of the groups that will suffer the most in the next four years. Of course, I think we'll all suffer, but it will be some more than others.

Gay people should really just flock to Canada now. I'm serious. A friend of mine told me his gay brother and his partner are planning to move to England. That's probably wise.

By the way, shame on all of you who voted for that amendment. I can only hope that you did so out of ignorance, that you actually thought that all you were voting for was the simple little sentence that was on the ballot.

But after the amendment is overturned, could you all bother to read a paper and brief yourselves on the rest of the amendment, the part where a certain group of Americans are denied legal rights strictly on the basis of religious detestation of what they are? That might be a good idea.

Single women should be worried, assuming you want to keep your right to chose in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Personally, of course, I'd like to see fewer abortions. It's not a choice I would recommend to any woman except in the most extreme circumstances.

But I'm not going to make that choice for them, since I can't afford to take care of all the unwanted children in the world. Wish I could, but I can't.

Poor people probably aren't very happy, but that's their fault for being lazy and inefficient, right?

No, I guess four more years of Bush won't hurt me too much. I have no children old enough to be drafted into the military (oh, I know what he said) and indeed my 401K is probably doing much better now.

What saddens me the most about last Tuesday's election is that it is a sign of America's continuing slide back into conservatism. But that was inevitable, really. We were at that stage in the cycle according to some calculations, but Sept. 11 kicked it into overdrive.

There's a good essay on the subject called "Generational Cycles in Mass Psychology" by Ted Goertzel at Rutgers University. Go "Google" that and we'll talk later.

No, I have no apologies and no intention of ceasing my personal criticisms of the Bush administration. To be honest, I would do the same thing had Kerry won, and I believe all Americans should.

But I will say this. If Dubyah gives me something worth praising, I promise that I will do so. I'm willing to see how the president spends his "political capital."

Believe me, I hope this terrible dread I feel for the next four years is ill founded.

I just don't think it is.

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or at ebrock@news-daily.com .