Last night was very emotional. I was surprised at myself by just how emotional I was when it became apparent that Obama had won the election. Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last from the same crap that hasn’t worked for the last 8 years. Obama’s crap might not work either, but at least the nation will not be a living, breathing exemplification of Einstein’s Definition of Insanity (doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results).
Of course I had to stay up for the speeches (bravo to McCain – he must have been gravely disappointed but he was a class act last night), and then I had to stay up and listen to the pundits pontificate about the speeches and analyze the voter turnout and wax poetic on all of the historic aspects of this election, the least of which was that a black man had attained the highest government office in the free world. There were statistics on first time voter turnout, on youth voter turnout, on voter turnout in general, on who of what color or gender or age or geographic location or (insert demographic of choice) voted for whom, etc.
You know what the best part of Obama’s victory is?
We don’t have to listen to Palin pounding her shoe a la Khrushchev any more. I think she is what did McCain in. She is freakin’ scary-to-the-right. She drove me to cross party lines. I took all the online quizzes and I was dead in the center between the two candidates. Palin pushed me, a quasi-militant feminist, over the edge into the Obama camp. She was a real mistake in judgment on McCain’s part. I’m not sure what he thought he was doing there. I wasn’t about to vote for him just because he had a woman on his ticket. She was the wrong choice.
I know that probably one or two of you reading this are profoundly disappointed this morning, but I’m going to ask a favor of you. Give him a chance. Pray for him. Pray that the entire country, both sides of the aisle, rolls up their sleeves to help him. It’s a freakin’ mess out there, and he’s going to need ALL of our earnest effort to help get us out of it. Pray also that no one screws this up for us by assassinating him before he even has a chance to try and unravel this mess that he is inheriting. Yes, I worry about that. It’s what we do to Hope in this country – we assassinate it. I am old enough to remember JFK, Dr King and RFK, so I can’t help being a little apprehensive.
I hope you will join me in praying that God will favor our country by keeping our new president-elect safe and sending him the help that he will need to lead us out of this quagmire and into the light.