Everybody else is writing about the election results this morning, so I guess I might as well put my 200 dollars in also. I'm sure it's not worth that much, but here goes anyway.
I've tried very hard to be open minded about all of this, but it's been really difficult. It's been an extremely long run of campaigning and I'm really glad it's all over with. I'm tired of all the "nasties" that have taken the form of political ads that were supposed to be informative, but have only shown how juvenile ALL of the politicians can be. The Franken/Coleman senate race in Minnesota was the absolute worst. I truly think in all cases it's the pot calling the kettle black. I don't think any one of them is any worse or better than any other. I'm among those who feel that we could have run better candidates for the position of leader of the United States. I voted for McCain because I felt he was the lesser of two evils.
Mr. Obama really scares me. I won't go into all the reasons why because that's been covered before. I only hope that he will be able to follow through on all his promises. But then which politician ever can - or has?
One of the blogs I read on a regular basis is written by an American who is currently living in Israel. She writes frequently of the shelling that takes place, the air raid sirens that go off and the conditions that she lives under. When I read her entry this morning she gracefully accepted Obama's win but then followed with a very interesting and what I felt, accurate paragraph. I would like to quote her at this time:
"Now that the election is over, can some of the zombefied supporters please at least acknowledge that this man is not a heaven-sent saviour who can do no wrong? That he has surrounded himself with some of the very worst sleaze and scum in politics and, in fact, in the world, that he has given no proof that he is capable of doing anything positive as an executive? Please? Because if I read one more paean to the beauty, the wonder, the holiness and the charisma of him I may just have to put out my eyes."
As I watched Obama's acceptance speech last night and the cameras panned the crowd in Grant Park I saw many faces with tears streaming down their cheeks. People were gazing up at Obama as though he were the returned Messiah. It made me want to gag. I only hope that those of you who voted for him did so because you thought he had the abilities to straighten out the mess that we are in now, not just because he is black.
Then I read AKK's blog. Please go read it - it's a very enlightening entry. I think her viewpoint duplicates mine. To quote her:
"I like keeping my money, and yet I feel obligated to help others. Except there are a lot of people that don’t Deserve my help. It’s complicated. Apparently, I might fit in with the Old School Republican party. I don’t know. I don’t believe I have the right to tell anyone else whether they should keep a baby, nor that they have no right to love who they love. I’m farily vehement on the first, not so vocal on the second."
And that, my friends, is all I have to say about it. Congratulations to those of you who are ecstatic about Obama's win. I only hope for the sake of the United States and the world that you are right.
Love you all,