Tuesday's Election (Cont'd)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Nov. 5 was a beautiful autumn day in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

But the elation and patriotism I felt for America after witnessing the election of the first African American president was overshadowed briefly by the sight of two huge Confederate flags on each side of a pickup truck traveling through the small town of Crozet. The flags fluttered defiantly in the wind as the two teenagers in the truck raced down the main drag.

Maybe those teens go around town like this all the time; it is, after all, their constitutional right to do so. Or maybe, as I suspect, their display on this particular day was their way of saying something far more odious than I care to describe. They went under the railroad bridge, turned a block later and drove out of sight. And hopefully out of history as well. Glory hallelujah, America's truth marches on despite a few who choose to live in the past.


Crozet, Va.


As a supporter of Sen. John McCain (and President Bush), I resent E.J. Dionne Jr. ["A New Era for America," op-ed, Nov. 5] implying that people who voted for the Republican ticket this year were anti-hope, among other things. His initial, single-sentence paragraph set the tone: "Yes, it's time to hope again." As if, if Mr. McCain had won, it would be time to, what? Despair? Again?

This disparagement of Mr. McCain's supporters was inconsistent with, and thus undermined, Mr. Dionne's later nods to the transformational, post-partisan and progressive nature of President-elect Obama and his supporters. I, as a very small part of the 46 percent of the electorate that voted for Mr. McCain, hope not only that Mr. Obama leads this country in the right direction during the next four years but also that Mr. Dionne understands that the Democratic Party and its supporters have not appropriated "hope" only for themselves.

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