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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Time to be thankful

Time to be thankful. The election is over and I did my best to persuade people. I voted and got other people out there voting. I am thankful for our right to vote for the candidates we believe deserve our votes. I am thankful for every American who cared enough to exercise that right. So long as we are free and adhere to our Constitution we are a great country.

It's not a game, so it wasn't like I was rooting for the Republican team. I was rooting for conservative ideals.

Barack Obama surprised Hilary Clinton with an election plan that left her behind before she knew what hit her. He then managed to make the race a contest between himself and a third term for George Bush. His strategy worked wonderfully well. Of course, he had four dollars for every one that John McCain had to spend. He will have a few messy donation problems to clean up. But no one doubts who won the election.

For those of you who voted for Barack Obama, I want to say that I sincerely hope my dire predictions of what he will do are untrue. For those who voted, along with me, for John McCain, well, we hope the same thing. Country first! Once Barack Obama takes office he becomes my President, too.

It was a great victory in one way, that a man of color will fill the Presidency. When I was a young boy that seemed like a very far off pipedream. I am not in favor of the man, but I am in favor of the concept that the United States has come far enough to run a ticket with a black man on one side and a woman on the other. I am a white adult male and I am all for adult white males, but the Presidency should not be exclusively for that one gender and color. In this, Barack's victory is a good thing.

The election has also given the Democratic Party a big stage. The majority of Americans are moderate and they tend to lean a little conservative. But the savvy campaign run by Obama and fears about the economy have given him and his party a chance to show us what Hope really is.

Will we see fewer earmarks and a more ethical congress?

Will we see a reduction in partisanship?

Will we find that Obama's extreme friends of the past were simply a means to an end and that he will actually be, as he said, someone who brings the country together?

Or will we see an attempt to end the secret ballot for unions, an attack on free speech known as the "Fairness Doctrine" and new legislation to make abortions more horrific and common than ever?

Will we see a wise energy policy? Will we see policies in place that reward companies that provide jobs?

Or will we see our resources squandered and our coal industry bankrupted? Will we see jobs flee from being overburdened by taxes and regulation?

I am waiting, Barack Obama. You won the day. Now comes the hard part. You have to actually do the job.

Allow me to say that all of us who pray need to pray for Barack Obama. He needs wisdom and guidance and strength. He will be our President.

If you are depressed over the election, you can do something to help the troops. You will feel a little better by doing something worthwhile.


IAMB said...

Hopefully he won't run things into the ground, but only time will tell. My biggest issue is that even though I'm pretty much a Democrat, I'm not a big fan of one party controlling both Congress and the White House.

As for the earmarks thing, I'd like to see the useless ones severely reduced, but as the majority of my research grant money comes from Defense Department earmarks, I'm also not a big fan of cutting them completely. What I'd like to see is a system of checks in place where earmarks go through a rigorous justification process as opposed to just being stuffed into an obscure portion of a 400 page document where they never get seen and get approved because the document as a whole gets approved.

Perhaps I'm just being greedy... who knows?

radar said...

IAMB! Nice to see you! You have a point, there are earmarks and there are earmarks.

A system of line-item vetoing balanced by a simplified Congressional override system might be the answer. Museums dedicated to the horsefly are the kind of thing we need to eliminate.

Anyone else have an idea concerning how to de-pork earmarks?

IAMB said...

I'm with you on the line-item veto for sure.

What I'd like to see are lobbyists who take the time to learn why a project deserves funding so we can avoid the whole "why waste money on fruit fly research?" type of thing. I'd like our lobbyists to be able to answer such questions. Sadly, not many of them are as personally involved with researchers as the one we have here. He's certainly one of the good ones.

Anonymous said...

Democrats don't have their 60 filibuster proof. So when liberal judicial nominees come up republicans need filibuster.

Envoy-ette said...

It's very big of you to say he is "your president" when Mr. Obama never said the same about GWBush for himself.

He always referred to him as "YOUR president" when he talked to other Republicans.

I don't know if I can call him MY president yet.

radar said...

Hey, I am not HAPPY about it! But I am not running away to Canada and I am not going to be one of those people who disrespect the President because of his party affiliation. I am going to take him on issue by issue.

I do understand how you feel, though. For it is a sad day in many ways for those of us who might be described as Reaganites.

Anonymous said...


"For it is a sad day in many ways for those of us who might be described as Reaganites."

I suppose so. What Reagan wrought, Bush Jr. put asunder. There used to be an alliance of sorts between religious/social conservatives and business/fiscal conservatives. Enter Bush, who destroyed the Republican brand, most certainly as far as "fiscally responsible" goes. It's described somewhat amusingly here.

How Republicans might recover from this, I have no idea.

Social conservatives might huddle around Sarah Palin next time around and attain maybe 30% of the vote -

- but what would it take to get the "fiscal responsibility" folks back into bed with them?

When McCain picked Palin, my first thought was: he's just conceded the election. It was the biggest unforced error I'd ever seen in a presidential campaign.

He should have vetted her.

He shouldn't have offered her the position.

She shouldn't have accepted it.

And yet all those mistakes were made.

It's hard to say at this point whether other choices would have been more beneficial, sure. But it looks like Palin, while firing up the extreme right, caused a lot of damage among independents, as well as in endorsements etc. She was either net neutral or net negative.

And picking her took away McCain's central argument of experience.

Had McCain chosen, say, Huckabee, he would have seemed friendly to the Christian right, but not conceded the experience argument, and he would have had someone who was not offensive (actually quite likable) to independent voters. And that would have allowed them to put out one "experience" ad after another.

But instead they didn't vet.

McCain offered Palin the position.

She said yes.

The rest is history.

-- creeper.