05 November 2008 ~ 4 Comments

Reflections On Election 08

I kinda try to keep my politics fairly close to the vest around here.
I’m too opinionated.
I always end up ticking someone off.
And I learned years ago that it wasn’t worth it for me.
I still can’t help it sometimes.
But now I figure, it can’t hurt since the voting is over, right?  (Famous last words?)
Besides, I’m sure everyone else is blogging about it, too.
Might as well join the pack!

I doubt I keep it close enough to the vest for you not to know that my guy didn’t win.
Then again, both of them had some major weaknesses I wasn’t excited about.
But I’ve been saying for weeks that whoever wins will do fine.
I’ve been saying that I don’t believe one president can single handedly ruin us.
I’ve been saying God is in control.
Then Obama won.

Obama

Mixed feelings.
Huge day for us. First African-American president.  That truly is awesome and historic.
Although I was also disappointed earlier in the day reading about people who outright said they voted for Obama only cause they were excited to see an African-American president.  Is that really a sign that we have become color-blind?
But again, the fact that he is leader of the free world is very exciting only a generation away from the civil rights movement.
In that respect, I’m stoked.

But then the fear started to get in.
I let Facebook statuses and people’s opinions/fear tactics get in my head for an hour or two.
What will happen to our country?
What sort of massive mistake have we made?

Honestly, I know I’m in the minority, but I feel like W. has gotten a pretty unfair bad wrap.
And I’ve been irritated for several years now with the way people have attacked him.
That it has become OK to attack him personally completely outside of the issues.
Even cool to do so.

Now it’s my turn to practice what I preach and be on the other side.
I don’t believe any candidate can destroy what this country has built.
I will choose to be optimistic and hope for the best.
I will pray for our leader and do my best to get behind him.  That doesn’t mean I’ll agree always, but I’ll recognize him as the leader we have chosen.
And I’ll pray that he really can do some of the good things hes said he can.
Unity.
Momentum.
Progress.

And above all, whether it’s someone I voted for or not in office, I’ll keep in mind that I’m a citizen of the Kingdom of God before the kingdom of America.
I am optimistic, and excited for the future.

Of course you do have to admit, this is a pretty heavy blow for SNL.

4 Responses to “Reflections On Election 08”

  1. kimmie herbert 5 November 2008 at 7:35 pm Permalink

    I hear ya. I almost cried, at least prop 8 passed…this time!

  2. bobby 5 November 2008 at 2:13 pm Permalink

    I doubt that it was that they thought he was too fragile, but I’d agree it was a little biased. Although the GOP ticket was a bit easier to poke fun at.
    And that was my point. It was kind of a joke. The show would have had plenty of material for another 4 years if McCain won. With Obama, they might have to work a little harder. ;)

  3. Michelle Lasch 5 November 2008 at 1:52 pm Permalink

    I love this post. I love your honesty and the direction of your thoughts.
    You are right about W. It became so much of a hatefest, that his policies could not be debated rationally. I think that actually hurt our country because it forced him into a “my way or the highway” mentallity. Let’s not put Obama in the same boat of thinking, “Whatever I do, you will hate me for it. I might as well do whatever I feel like and screw the rest of you.”
    One last thought, SNL actully won. At least their guy won. You notice, they never put Obama in an unflattering light. I guess they, like EVERYONE else in the media, think Obama is too fragile to handle the criticism… We’ll see in the coming days if they were right.

  4. Rick 5 November 2008 at 9:54 am Permalink

    Bobby,
    Well said. I agree with you 100%. (you can pick your jaw up now). I do see that this election has caused many a christ follower to begin a new fervent prayer life!
    It is very troubling to me that people did vote along racial lines (kinda like affirmative action) instead of on ability. I too had major issues with both candidates – but supported the one I felt more ‘closely’ aligned with my christian world view – not the one that more closely resembled me (no age jokes please) or what I think the White House should look like.
    Double Amen to being a Citizen of the Kingdom – That’s why I proudly have the saying, “Not of this world” on my truck – and not a flag or elephant.


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