Random Observations on the Election

If you know me, or have read this blog at all, you can probably gather that I am a homeschooling, God-loving person, i.e., one of the so-called Christian Right.  I am pretty traditional in my views, at least, compared with some I know.  But rather than calling myself an “evangelical, values voter”, I prefer to think of myself as someone who follows the direction laid out by our founding fathers: primarily, individual liberty is the goal.  Whether the majority of contemporary Americans recognize it or not, this United States of America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.  This government was ordained to protect our personal properties and rights, not the other way around.  Frederic Bastiat says it best in The LawLife, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place. However, given the election of Barack Obama, I see that the masses have that backwards – that our property and individual freedoms are in place to protect the government.

Furthermore, Bastiat says, We cannot but be astonished at the ease with which men resign themselves to ignorance about what is most important for them to know; and we may be certain that they are determined to remain invincibly ignorant if they once come to consider it as axiomatic that there are no absolute principles.” The way I see it, the Declaration, as well as the Constitution, were written with the express idea that there is absolute truth, and that truth can only be known by understanding that everything, and I do mean everything, is only given to us by God. 

Truthfully, I was not really for either candidate.  They both had severe shortcomings in my opinion.  No matter who had won, I felt as if the knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was speaking to me, when upon watching the Nazi sympathizer choose the wrong cup, said “He chose poorly.”  Now that I’ve got that out of the way, here are my personal thoughts about what the election means for America:

  • Obama and his supporters have both hailed him as a “uniter.”  Based on the 53.5% – 47% tally, almost half of the country inherently is at odds with his ideas, policies, or ability to lead.  How will that flesh out when the promise has been unity?  After the victory was announced, Oprah Winfrey commented that at last, this country would be unified.  How is that truly possible when almost half of the population fundamentally disagrees with Obama on the issues?
  • Our military voted overwhelmingly for McCain.  Given that they are foremost on the lines protecting our country, wouldn’t it seem that they have an understanding about who could best be our chief protector?  And along those same lines, our enemies were rooting for an Obama win.  That seems to me to be a tacit expression of how they see him as weaker in many aspects.  I understand that many are against the war.  With all but a very select few, no one really wants war.  However, to “protect and defend” sometimes means going on the offensive.  Has everyone on the Left forgotten the school bully?  Anyone who’s ever been bullied understands that if you kowtow enough, the bully will only demand more, not less.  Sometimes it’s best to be pro-active.  Whether the war was right or not, America hasn’t been attacked since our cowboy president has been watching the herd.
  • Republicans are either too nice, too afraid, or both.  Seriously.  I’m tired of them being wimps.  Don’t they realize that no one respects the guy who always gives in to the bully?  Or, for that matter, to anyone?  They had the perfect opportunity with the bailout (McCain could have truly led on this one…) to do exactly what the American public wanted, but… they caved.  No wonder a majority of the US has lost faith in them.  If they didn’t learn their lesson after the 2006 midterms, can they learn it now?  Do so-called Republican politicians even know what they (are supposed to) stand for?
  • The media.  My oldest will be starting college next fall with an eye toward a journalism major.  Given how the media did not even remotely do their job during the whole election cycle, it’s scary for me to think that he’s potentially venturing into a profession that doesn’t have a whole lot of credibility these days.  And the media doesn’t have much integrity – bipartisan, and even non-bipartisan sources agreed that positive coverage was overwhelmingly in favor of Obama.  The media was a huge factor in this election, truly.
  • How race factored into the election.  Personally, I could care less that Obama is African-American, Aside from the fact that I am grateful to see this kind of color-blindness to such measures in my lifetime, his skin color had no effect on me.  Based on exit-polling discounting bias among whites, most felt like me.  Issues were the only thing important in my decision as a voter.
  • Regardless of his politics, I will support Obama as my president.  I see a lot of “they didn’t respect Bush, so I see no reason to support Obama” on various blogs, etc…  That’s just juvenile.  I may not agree with him, I may not like his policies or ideology, but to go out of my way to point fingers and complain isn’t healthy.  It will just divide us more.  That said,  the US was specifically engineered to allow viewpoints to compete with each other in the political realm.  As an American, it is my duty and privilege to work to right what I see are the wrongs.
  • As an aside, one thing that hasn’t been mentioned really, at all, is that our new President-elect is a wonderful husband and father.  Whether it was a photo-op or not, he took his daughter trick-or-treating.  He and Michelle made every effort to stay connected to their daughters on the campaign trail.  Bill Cosby has been driving this point home relentlessly, but we do not have enough positive black fathers as role models in our society.  As THE role model to the African-American culture, he stands to influence hundreds, thousands, or perhaps millions of men.  If for nothing else, the Right should be grateful for this.

Fortunately, I happen to not hold my hope in any of this stuff.  Politics. Pop culture. The economy.  Sarah Palin.  Socialism.  It’s just not the stuff that matters in the long run.  The short run, maybe, but for eternity?  No.


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