The country has spoken. They are tired of the Clinton-Bush America and need something better. While I will readily admit Rand Paul would have been my choice, the fact of the matter was that was not an option. Albert Einstein said, "“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”
The protests and demonstrations on the left seems nonsensical. A segment of society that wants to be heard as equal & be able to express their legitimacy as individuals and as segments within society, have the the inability or unwillingness to accept that some people might choose, for morally legitimate reasons, to have the freedom to do just that--choose--to opt out of that line of thought. That is not prejudice that is agreeing to disagree. I don't have to share your political ideology or your religious dogma to appreciate you as a person. Please afford me that same respect. By trying to control the American voice, is like trying to herd cats.
America has many voices and yours is just one of many. These voices elected Carter. These voices elected Reagan. These voices elected Bush...Clinton....W. and Obama. America ebbs and flows. The one thing that should be said is that as Americans we are unique. The uniqueness is what keeps us exceptional. We are all Americans and the factions and groups we split ourselves into only weaken us as a whole. Friggin' be American and that will make America great.
Now to address the elephant in the room: the election of David Morgan for a third term.
As hard as it is to say, I am glad you got re-elected. I know you must be as surprised as most people are by this statement. Please allow me to explain. For the last 4 years, I have learned so much about Escambia County. I have learned about your constiuents, your employees, your former friends, colleagues and more importantly the people you have immolated. Those are the people who will be the most influential in seeing you get your due.
By indiscriminantly marring so many people, you have made my allies diverse and their experiences form a distinctive pattern of how you "conduct" yourself and your self-interests. You are consistent and live up to even the worst of the statements about your character. You excel at hubris. In fact, you are literature worthy. Some of the best written novels could not develop antagonists as impetuous and so resolutely undisciplined. That is your legacy. Your continuing to be sheriff gives me an opportunity to be the end of your story in Escambia County.
Our destinies are inextricably intertwined. Your legacy will be part of my story. My story is bigger than yours in the long run. Trust me on this. As surely as the sun comes up, this is so. Your re-election was fortuituous for me as it gives me more time to show what is so evident to so many already. It also gives you time for the hubris you cultivated to expand exponentially. The voters did not vote you in as much as they voted for the Republican ticket or even the alliance you made with Chip Simmons, whose public persona is largely less tarnished than yours. Hold on to those coattails. We are going on a hell of a ride. Your legacy awaits. The ivory tower can get as tall as the heavens, making an enormous fall from that tower. That is the consolation that these next 4 years will provide for me, as with so many other people.
Defeated? No. Secondwind? Damn Straight!