We, the present generation of these United States, should be eternally grateful for the amazing wisdom and foresight of our Founding Fathers. They very wisely provided that our president would be elected by the Electoral College, not by the popular vote. If it were not for this provision, Al Gore would now be our president. He would be screaming, ranting and raving from the White House portico whenever something failed to go his way.
We are nearing the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the day that signaled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. We had over 1,500 deaths in one day, nearly three times what we have had in Iraq in more than a year. What if in late May 1944, our opposition leaders had acted like those in 2004. Wendell Wilkie, the 1940 Republican nominee, would have been screaming for the resignations of President Roosevelt's top aides, saying the war was illegal, that it was based on lies and deception, that the cost in both money and casualties was not worth it. He would have said that Hitler might indeed be a monster, but that he was not a threat to America. "Sixty Minutes 2" would have exposed General Patton's fake army, aimed to deceive the Nazis, as based on falsehoods, and claimed the people had a right to know. Never mind that the Nazis were also listening. The current nominee in 1944, Tom Dewey, would have said there has to be a better way, without offering any specifics, that we should let the League of Nations lead the way, that too much of the burden was on the Americans.