Though not completely surprised, I admit my disappointment with the results of the presidential election. I am greatly concerned about the immediate and long-term consequences of having elected the most liberal candidate in our nation’s history to the highest office in the land. His campaign platform consisted of a number of frightening positions that, if he implements them, will surely steer our country in a direction that few of us can fully comprehend. Even though his victory was decisive, it was hardly a popular vote mandate and I think he knows that. In his acceptance speech, he acknowledged the fact that he did not have the support of all Americans, and that “he hears our voices.” That said, his actions will speak far louder than his words with respect to whether or not he really hears our concerns, or only a pestering dissonance that he chooses to disregard.
Even in the aftermath of what appears to be a sharp veering to the left, there are a number of things that I am thankful for as the day after the election dawns.
- We have been spared all of the uncertainty and confusion resulting from disputed election results. The people have spoken. Like the results or not, at least we won’t have courts deciding the validity of popular voting. In a similar vein, allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression seem to have occurred at levels that were of no consequence.
- I admit that I am actually pleasantly surprised to not have awaken to news reports of cities on fire as a result of the election. While radical supporters of Obama virtually promised this if he lost the election, I was not completely certain it would not happen even if he won. When fans of winning sports teams astonishingly go on rampages, rioting, burning police cars and public transit buses and executing other general mayhem, I went to bed wondering if the same might happen as a result of the victory of Barry Obama. Thankfully, it did not.
- The feared congressional super-majority that I worried about that would have resulted in what I termed a liberal trifecta has not materialized. While the democrats do have a sizable majority, theirs is not filibuster proof. While they will doubtlessly be able to do all sorts of mischief with the willing assistance of their republican accomplices, they will not be able to do so with absolute impunity.
- As of the writing of this article, Proposition 8 in California was being passed by a slim margin of 52% to 48%. Updated results can be found at the California S.O.S. website. Given the “blueness” of the state of California, it is refreshing to see that while they are satisfied with electing a man who favors no restrictions whatsoever on the murder of unborn children, a majority of the people of that state do at least hold to the belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. This bill’s victory will hopefully be a signal to other more moderate states who may in the future toy with the idea of legitimizing gay marriage.
[Update: It should be noted that voters in Arizona and Florida also passed measures to constitutionally ban gay marriage in their states.]
- Political analysts this morning are speculating on how Barry Obama will govern. I am at least heartened by these experts’ belief that he will have a most challenging job of balancing his political debt to the radical left, with what presumably will be the need for a more moderate approach to governing, given that it would be safe to assume that he is interested in serving two terms as president. Their point being that he is going to have to move somewhat toward the center if he is to accomplish anything since he still has a divided congress and a sharply divided electorate. I hope they are right. But, I have my doubts. If his campaign rhetoric were all that we had to paste him as a radical leftist, that would be one thing. But his voting record, when he did not vote “Present”, is not just solidly liberal, it is essentially unmatched for its liberal-ness. Columnist Nina Easton said that Barry told her that he is a pragmatist and not an ideologue. I hope that is the case.
- We get to hear Joe Biden’s frequent gaffes on an even larger stage.
- The incessant coverage of “Election 2008” is finally behind us, and while politics will still be holding the headlines, at least the talking points and repetitive sound bites are (hopefully) a thing of history.
- We have finally broken what must have been a sort of presumption for most of the history of our country, and a sense of hopelessness for the non-white races. By electing a bi-racial man to the presidency, the real or imagined barrier is gone. None of that is to say that racial divides do not still exist in our world. And, I dare say that they will until creation is finally and fully redeemed.
- My home state did its part in remaining a red state and re-electing it republican senator.
- God is still on HIS throne. And I have dual citizenship in what is the greatest nation on earth, and in the kingdom in heaven that is even greater still.