I'm going to take a momentary break from radiating calm, and from showing you pictures of charismatic endangered species with soft brown eyes, to lose my temper for a moment:
If Jeff Jarvis had said something like everybody calm down and be nice I probably would have agreed with him. But he didn't stop there. He composed a clearly well-meaning "Post-Election Peace Pledge."
OK, he composed it before the election, so I'll cut him a little slack there. But my gut reaction is to name this the single dumbest post I've read in the post-election period.
The Post-Election Peace Pledge
: I take this pledge (inspired by a few of the posts 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?
Certainly I've read things that were crazier, over-the-top paranoid, nastier, etc. But Jarvis takes the cake. It was bad enough working to support Kerry even though there were many areas in which I had issues with his positions and would have been more comfortable if he had been the opposition candidate. I do not and will not support George W. Bush unless he falls on his head and suffers a complete and utter change of personality and politics. This is not a game. This is not a computer simulation. This is reality. As a responsible grownup, I WILL NOT support the President. And neither should you.
As for this stuff about nation and country over party, what sort of nationalist nonsense is this? For people who think like that, the world ends at the US border. No one anywhere in the world is safe from George W. Bush. The fact of the matter is that there is a lot more at stake than Gemutlichkeit in the USA. This navel-gazing isolationist perspective is that quality that wins him the prize.
Now. Back to your regularly scheduled post-election calm.