Gracious in Defeat; Still Proud of America

I had contemplated writing my first post the morning after an Obama win and discussing why Obama will be a disaster, how McCain lost the election, how this election was wholly based on emotion and not issues, and how I think the country will be in a worse way for the next few years.  There will be plenty of time to write about things, things I will begin to write about shortly, including getting Mitt elected in 2012.  But for this post’s purposes I want to really speak from the heart and express the pride I feel as an American.

Indeed this is an historic election for the United States and even the world.  Last night American’s overwhelmingly elected out first Black president.  This accomplishment is nothing to push aside considering America’s history with Black’s.  150 years ago slavery was still prevalent and was only about to be defeated by Lincoln in the civil war, yet even after the emancipation proclamation race continued to be a major issue and the Blacks had little opportunity for success and integration into American society.  It was not until the mid-1900’s and the great civil-rights movement that broke down most of the barriers to Black progress in America.  I have longed believed that true-racism has largely been eradicated in most of America for the last 20 years; certainly there are pockets of bigots and racists throughout the country, but this holds true for whites being racist against Blacks and Blacks being racist against whites (see Jeremiah Wright).  But largely the it seems to me that race has been an overblown issue of late, driven largely by Black activists who need charges of racism to drive there personal agendas.  (I should write a full post about this, because we could even get into the actions of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson regarding Obama’s campaign, but I digress).   Finally, my belief has been validated.  The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States should eradicate the overblown charges of widespread racism in America.  Issues of race will never be fully gone.  There will always be whites killing blacks because they are black and there will always be blacks killing whites because they are white; sadly, that is reality.  But race is no longer a systemic issue and problem in our country and Barack’s election is the culminating event in Black progress.  I think it reflects great maturity and progress in the U.S. and for that, and that alone, I applaud the election of Barack Obama and the American people.

So congratulations to President Obama and his family on his victory.  I now plan on spending the next four years fighting to get you out of the White House.  That being said, you have a great opportunity to win a lot of McCain voters, like myself, over if you govern as a moderate and pragmatically.  If you show that you recognize the importance of maintaining processes that made America great, like capitalism and small government, freedom of speech, freedom or religion, etc.  I highly encourage you to avoid moving full speed ahead and implementing a large left-wing agenda and socialist policies.  Doing such will alienate many of the people who voted for you (and in 2012 expect the GOP to nominate someone who is not near as terrible a candidate as McCain was).  You and your party have the opportunity to accomplish what the GOP failed to do in last decade when they had all the power, that is to uphold American ideals such as limited government.   A left-wing agenda is the surest way to defeat in 2012, even you had to run to the right to win this election – every Democrat does.   Best of luck for you and your cabinet, I will be praying for your Presidency.

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Filed under Barack Obama, Election 2008, John McCain, Politics, Progress, Progressive

5 responses to “Gracious in Defeat; Still Proud of America

  1. Perry

    Great post!! I like you feel much the same way being that I am against many of Obama’s policies and ideas. I watched his acceptance speech this morning in Kuwait as I ate breakfast and I admit that I felt an overwhelming sense of pride for him and for our country. It is important that we as Americans stand behind him as the leader of this great nation, just as we would have done with McCain. We don’t have to agree in order to support and respect the power, responsibility and burden that every President carries. I pray that he may accomplish great things over the next four years. I love this country!

    Mitt 2012!!

  2. Jase

    Well said, Perry —

    Mitt 2012!

  3. PA

    I’m still grumpy.

    It is historic, and that’s great. But I never doubted America in it’s greatness. I knew the day would come that an African American would be president, just as I know a woman will also one day obtain the office. I could never understand why, especially with the progress this country has made that there would be any doubt about the possibilities in America. I guess like the state of Missouri, the “Show Me State”, seeing meant believing.

    I still think America was duped by his “flattering words”. I just don’t see how he can live up to his promises.

    My main concerns are that this nation remains secure, and that government remains small, and the people control the wealth they created for themselves.

    What will he do about those things? Time will tell.

  4. Mary Colovich

    I agree with you. As bleak as things are, we still live in the greatest country on the entire planet. And for that, I am grateful. We enjoy more prosperity and comfort than the majority of people in the world can even comprehend. Thank you for sharing your heart-felt feelings. I’m sick of the whining and find it very refreshing when I hear someone share their sense of loyality and patriotism to this great nation of ours. For that, I commend you. As for working to get him out in 2012, all I can say is “Amen”. I personally believe that he will be a one-term president (I may be wrong). But either way, he is our “president” and NOT our “dictator” and for that I am thankful. Hopefully the GOP will re-group, pull together to get back to the roots of their beliefs and stand tall once again. When I get frustrated, I am reminded of the words of Edward Everett Hale when he said,

    “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

    Thank you for sharing. Hold on tight, it’s going to be a wild ride!

  5. Jenni

    Great blog Steve. I am SO on the same page with everything you said. Especially racism. You should do a blog on that.

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