Here's my challenge to everyone: write Bush a letter saying in your own words something like this:
Dear Mr. President,
Congratulations on your re-election. I didn't vote for you, because I disagree with many of your policies. Still, I can respect that you're as sincere in your convictions as I am, and I don't see any profit in perpetuating useless rancor.
I welcome your call for conciliation and collaboration. I want you to make a reality of your call by seeking consensus with those of us who oppose you, and moving forward with broadly supported, effectively implemented programs that follow from that consensus.
My primary concerns are threefold: Nuclear Non-proliferation, preserving and remediating environmental damage, and promotion of real tolerance and support for people outside the mainstream of American society. I want you to do what you didn't do enough of in your first term: consider positions outside your ideological comfort zone, and find incorporate the good ideas you will find there.
You have a choice now about how you will be remembered as a President, and I hope and pray that you will seize this opportunity to become a great President for all Americans. If you do, I will be at your side. I believe that there is a middle way for America, that avoids the traps of political extremism on all sides, and if you strive to achieve it, I will support you however I can.
We will never agree on a lot of issues, but there's too much important work to be done in America to get bogged down arguing them -- neither of us will change our minds. But please, please, consider the possibility that you can learn from we that disagree with you, and make us feel that we're inside the tent when you make important decisions.
Sincerely, Kent Williams