The Post-Election Peace Pledge
: I take this pledge (inspired by a few of the posts below below):
After the election results are in, I promise to:
: Support the President, even if I didn’t vote for him.
: Criticize the President, even if I did vote for him.
: Uphold standards of civilized discourse in blogs and in media while pushing both to be better.
: Unite as a nation, putting country over party, even as we work together to make America better.
What did I miss?
Care to take the pledge?
: Michele’s counter-pledge:
I hereby pledge that after the election is called, I will run naked through the streets, smeared with war paint, stinking of Jack Daniels and screaming obscenities at my neighbors.
I will do this even if my candidate wins because drunken, naked cursing is fun no matter who the president is.
That’s what makes America great, damnit.
: UPDATE: Commenters ask me what I mean by “support.” Right question. I do not mean blind support, love-it-or-leave-it support, with-him-or-against-him support. I mean acknowledging that the president is the president and especially in a time of war, we need to stand together against our enemies — namely, Islamofascist terrorists — and not act, as too many have during this administration (and the one before it) that the enemy is in the White House. No, we’re on the same side.
But this is why I quickly follow with the pledge that we should criticize the President — even if he’s the President we voted for — because this is not a love-it-or-leave it nation; this is a democratic nation where the wisdom of the crowd is often wiser than the wisest man (and certainly than either of these candidates). So I don’t want to see people blindly attacking or blindly supporting the president.