Thank God! The election is over and our new president elect is Barack Obama! Finally! An articulate, intelligent, thoughtful, president who will, if his campaign promises and his understanding of history are anything to go by, listen to both sides of the issues. Score one for hope! If his campaign is anything to go by, he will run a disiplined white-house. Booya!
Of couse President-elect Obama would not have been able to come to this point without a huge assist from the Republicans. Their general incompetance, pettiness, and hypocracy were invaluable in making this happen. Frankly, they have lost what they stand for. Quite simply, the Republicans did not give any clear idea where they would take the country if elected. They ran on their opponent being scary. Even if you’re successful in scaring the voters away from said opponent, it doesn’t really make them more inclined to vote for your party. But really it was down to their utter, utter hypocracy and the shallow hollows that their principles had become.
The Republican party is the party of self-reliance, so they let people fend for themselves and went about helping big businesses increase their profits. They’re the “fiscally responsible” party yet approved billions for two wars and gave no-bid contracts to thier cronies. They were the party of high morals, yet are under indictment for corruption.
Hopefully with the new president we will have a government run by competence. The democrats have two years. Two years to show that they can run the country as if it’s the United States and not just the red or blue states. Two years to show they can get stuff done that is in the best interst of the majority of Americans and not just friends and cronies. If they let their power go to thier heads, midterm elections will not be kind to them. History will not be kind to them. On the plus side, if that does happen we’ll be back to my optimal state of government: Democratic president, Republican congress.
Also on the plus side, I can go back to being a centrist. I like being on the fence, not taking either side. This election I picked a side. I think I picked the right side. We shall see. I am quite happy I will no longer be called on the defend my choice against the fear, uncertainty, and doubt thown around by the Right in this election. Hopefully in the next few years the Republican’s time in the desert will do them good and they will return to the principles that brought them to prominence with the election of Abraham Lincoln and inspired the nation like Ronald Reagan. I will say what the Right needs now is a new leader, like a Lincoln or Reagan. The Left has found a new JFK, a new FDR. The Republicans need to figure out where they want to take the country and convince those of us on the fence that this plan is the best plan for moving this country forward. Time marches forward. Any policies based only on keeping what we have will ultimately lead to our losing those things. We need to keep moving forward. And we need to pray for our new president and be willing to do our part to make this country, and this world a better place.