In 2004, George W. Bush received 51 percent of the popular vote. The nation was “divided,” on edge, angry and, some even said, on the verge of civil war.
In 2008, Barack Obama received 52 percent of the popluar vote, and now, if we’re to believe media reports and the actions of talking heads on television, we’re unified to the point that we’re all standing in a big circle holding hands and singing Peter, Paul and Mary songs while pink bunnies folic in the tulip patch and bluebirds fly overhead whistling Kum ba yah.
Who is this one percent of the voting population with the awsome power to heal, and how do we harness this power?
The magic one percent doesn’t even have to be in the majority to perform their miraculous social and political healing. In 1992, the magic one percent was on the side of Bill Clinton, who brought the nation back together after twelve divisive and controversial years of Reagan and Bush-the-First — Reagan won two elections with 51 percent and 59 percent of the vote respectively, and Bush-the-First won with 53 percent of the vote. Bill Clinton needed only 43 percent of the popular vote to unite us again.
There’s only one obvious certainty about the unifying force that is the “magic one percent” — for some reason, they’re all Democrats.
That unity can be brought to us by one percent of the voting population is no surprise. Heck, it’s even in the very first definition of unity in the dictionary:
Unity [yoo-ni-tee] noun 1. The state of being one.