An open letter to my liberal friends

Dear Liberal Friends:
First and foremost, I would like to congratulate you on your candidate’s victory this November 4th. After eight years in the periphery of American politics, most of you must feel vindicated to a certain degree. Although I wholeheartedly disagree with your candidate’s policies and ideology, I can recognize that he ran a deft and aggressive campaign, which rewarded him with victory in the end.
With that said, I will now turn to the main subject and reason for my letter.
As you have all let it be known, the past eight years has been to many of you a hell here on earth. Your candidate’s victory, however, should put an end to this torment and now is the time to look ahead. Things are looking up for you and those that share your ideology, for the moment at least, so go ahead and celebrate. Leave behind the hatred you have allowed to consume you for these last two presidential terms.
It is alright to be happy; it is alright to be gleeful; it is alright to be giddy; it is even alright to gloat. You guys won, so celebrate that victory.
Do not allow yourselves to be trapped in that hatred and loathing you clung to for so long. Just ask your mental healthcare professional and they will tell you; it is not healthy. Winning is a joyous occasion, a cause for celebration. Victory was your goal, and you attained that goal. So go ahead, my friends, revel in your triumph; pump your fists up into the air and let out a triumphant growl. You earned it.
But keep in mind that your success comes with consequences. Some of which you have not had to contend with for quite a while.
With your man in the White House and your party controlling both houses of congress, the onus falls completely on your shoulders now. There will be no Republican bogeyman to pin the blame on. With your candidate’s promise for quick and drastic change, this country will have to see sweeping improvement sooner rather than later. And if it fails to materialize, you are all in for a very grueling four years.
You will be hit from all sides relentlessly, and unlike a political campaign, slogans and rhetoric will not save you. “Yes We Can” was a brilliant rally call, it meant something different to everyone while not really meaning anything at all. But those heady campaign days where emotions spilled over and women swooned are over, my friend. “Now We Must” has taken its place, and from experience I can tell you that doing is a lot different from talking.
As the old adage says, be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. Well, my liberal friends, you have gotten what you wished for, and now you must do something. I know it is tempting to think this will be easy, but as you will soon find out, nothing is easy when half the country disagrees with you. You will be challenged at every turn and every failure you experience will be magnified and picked apart. Your triumphs will be talked about, too, but not nearly as much. You see, it is not our job to extol your successes, but to point out your defects. This should come as no surprise to you since that is what you have all been doing for the past eight years.
I realize this may all sound dreadful, but there is something good that can come of this; you can show your conservative friends, and the world, that you can lead and take the blows with the best of them. You can finally shed this persona of whiners and grumblers and show that you, too, have leadership qualities. It will not be easy, by any stretch of the imagination, but hey, if conservatives can do it, so can you.
This past election was an historic moment and all the eyes of the world were upon us and will remain there for the next four years. Do not let this country down, my friends. Cast off those feelings of hatred and despair and stand tall for America. Show the world you are just as tough as conservatives. Regardless of our differences in ideology and party affiliation, we are all Americans, and if you look bad, you make the rest of us look bad, too.
You guys won, so please, act like winners.
Kindest regards,
Alberto de la Cruz
Cross posted on albertodelacruz.com

7 thoughts on “An open letter to my liberal friends”

  1. That was very well said and very well written. I dont think it sounds like “sore-loser” stuff at all. Liberals need to get over themselves and frankly, the gloating and the Obama-mania is getting on my damn nerves. I just cant wait to see Obama’s true colors shine. But dont worry liberals, if Obama screws up, it will still somehow be the fault of the Republicans.

  2. Scholar in Training:
    Let me remind you of your last hero Clinton. Back then, I was still a Democrat and voted for the man because, frankly, as a gay man, he convinced me he would govern from the center-right and advance the cause of gay rights. What did I get? Well, he did basically govern from the center-right, but his promises to gay people were not only discarded, but shoved in our faces. First came the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell fiasco. Then came the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The only thing missing was to pass legislation requiring HIV+ individuals to carry an identifying tattoo!
    Considering Obama comes in from the left, I can only imagine how many disappointments are in store. Has anyone conducted a study to determine how many in the Democratic majority are Blue Dog Democrats? Across the South and Midwest they may be the majority. Besides, we gays now know (from California) which side Blacks are on when it comes to gay rights.
    Before everyone attacks me – just think – I ALWAYS lose in these confrontations. So don’t kick a dog when he’s down.

  3. Cangrejero:
    I would never kick you when you are down. We may disagree on some important issues, but you have as much a right to believe in what you believe in as I do to disagree with you.
    Scholar’s problem is the same problem that affects most liberals; they have no sense of humor. The irony of my letter was completely lost on him. That is why my piece sailed right over his head. You got it, and so did most everyone else, but Scholar, el pobre, he’s still scratching his head.

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