Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Black Wednesday...Or is it?

I had a post written out about how this country just swerved off the road of Democracy (Well, actually we are a Republic, but I won't get into that right now) and onto the road of Socialism and Marxism. And while I do believe that, I decided to look on the bright spots of what transpired last night. (I will leave the funeral march song playing though. I have to mourn a little bit.)

  • First off, the conservatives of this country did not lose the election last night. John McCain lost, not us. McCain was by no means a conservative Republican. He is more comfortable attacking his own party instead of the Democrat party. The only time during this campaign you would see his poll numbers rise would be when he was standing up for conservative values. As soon as he would go back to attacking conservative values, or supporting socialist values (The most glaring example is the bailout.) his numbers would go down. If there had been a true conservative candidate (Romney, Huckabee, Jindal) this election very well could have gone the other way.
  • If you look closely at the election numbers, they aren't that impressive for Obama. In 2004, G.W. Bush received 62,040,610 votes, which at that time were the most votes ever received by a Presidential candidate. How many votes did Obama, the "savior" of our country get last night? 62,979,092 votes. (Up to this morning that is.) With all the hoopla surrounding Obama and this election in general, you would think that a huge majority of this country wanted him. But it wasn't the case. In fact, there were almost 3 million more votes cast in 2004.
  • I believe that many conservatives stayed home this election, believing that they did not have a candidate that they supported. I also believe that from what will transpire in this country over the next 4 years will motivate people towards the conservative side of things again. We still live in a center-right country. If you don't believe me, just look at what happened with Proposition 8 in California.
  • The Republicans had a lot of strikes against them this election year. You had Bush. You had the war on terror. And you had the economy going in the tank. And while the economy was NOT the fault of the Bush administration, the Democrats were able to paint the picture that they were. With all of those strikes, you would have thought that Obama would have won by more than he did. If the Republican party can regroup and start standing up for conservative principals again, instead of getting into the kind of game liberals like to play, they should do OK.
  • Because of Jimmy Carter, we were able to be blessed with Ronald Reagan. My hope is that having Obama for 4 years will have the same effect.
  • Going off of what I mentioned in the bullet above, the Republicans need to get back to Reagan style politics. McCain might have been a Reagan foot soldier back in the 80's, but he had long since gone AWOL from conservative Reagan values.
  • The democrats won because they were united as a party. The Republicans were nowhere near united, mainly for the reasons I stated above.
  • Lucky for us, it looks like there will not be a filibuster proof 60 votes in the Senate for the Democrats. Hopefully that will be able to keep this country out of some of the trouble we face.

So those are my thoughts about last night. Am I disappointed? You bet I am. Am I going to bitch and moan about Obama the way every democrat I know has bitched about Bush for the last 8 years? No I will not. I choose to be a bigger person than the liberals who have called for the death of Bush, and accused him of killing innocent people.(The WSJ hit the nail on the head about the subject of Bush bashing with this article.)

I will respect Barrack Obama as the new President of the United States of America. I might not have voted for him, but he is my President none the less. And when I do not agree with him, I will use my right as an American citizen (while I still have that right) to voice my opinion in a civil and respectable way. After all, we are still the best nation in the world today. And while we might have made a huge swing to the left last night, if you and I, and others like us stand up for what we believe in, we can make a difference.

With all that being said, I am so HAPPY that election talk is over for now. I can get back to the fun things about blogging. Thanks for reading El Donaldo. I really appreciate it.

14 comments:

Janice said...

Thank you for this. I have felt like I have been walking in a cloud of gloom all morning. Thank you for reminding me of the possible good that has come out of this election. Locally, Jason Chaffetz has really impressed me and I think with men like him in Washington, we might have a chance.

Lisa said...

Very well put. I love you Donald.

Hurray...it's over!

Lisa said...

Surprise!

Em and Ms said...

I enjoyed reading this. It sure made me feel better about things. And yeah, I'm really glad we won't have to be bombarded with political ads anymore.

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

Since the 'bama victory was pretty much heralded in a month ago by all the "news" outlets, I wasn't surprised. I always love to root for the underdog, and McCain certainly ensured that he remained the underdog... I'm impressed that with all the issues the republicans have had this time around, that the popular vote was as close as it was.

I think a Romney / Jindal ticket could have been great, but with the current issues it's possible that no republican could have won. In that regard, I hope that in four years we are rewarded with a truly impressive, truly electable ticket that will unite not just the party, but the majority of the country.

And really, if it will get all those ads off the radio, off the tv, out of my mailbox, and OFF MY @#%^$*% PHONE DURING DINNER, I'll be happy to wait out the next four years.

Alicia said...

That was very well said. I'm already hoping for Romney in 2012!

SuzanSayz said...

Donald I agree with quite alot of this. One thing that excites me is that from now on "People of color" will have a much harder time playing the race card than ever before. If they start complaining about how the white majority is keeping them down we simply will need to point them towards the new President. I think the dawn of true eqaulity can actually happen now. I long for the day that MLK called for, when the color of your skin will not matter only the content of your heart.

Alisa and Jared said...

Well said. I guess the positive side is that all of those Obama supporters (basically every friend I grew up with) are optimistic, and it sure doesn't hurt to have an optimistic nation, again.

libbie said...

I am so glad you can put down in words all of my thoughts . . . And No, I will not bash Obama, like the Left have done to Bush. I will respect him as a President also, although I do not agree with him on most/pretty much all issues, and I certainly did not vote for him, he is still my president and I will pray for him to make the right decisions. Hurry about three states voting to protect the sanctity of marriage though. Thats a BIG plus for us conservatives!

libbie said...

That would be "Hooray"!

libbie said...

about three states . . . I am just clarifying!

Stephanie said...

God Bless America. I am a conservative. I voted McCain. I will support Obama. I will pray for him. And remembering the Carter years I am praying we do not have a repeat. The Carter's are kind generous people but we did work for a whole year of 1982. Ouch. I loved your mom's post today. I have similar feelings. I do not feel afraid as I did when Clinton was elected. I am proud of our country not letting race be a factor.

Lori said...

Now I'm interested in reading your mom's post about the election. The music is a nice touch, btw... :)

Lori said...

What is your mom's blog address? Your links on the right seem to be gone...