Just thought it would feel good to throw out a few random thoughts from myself, historically more of a right wing, conservative person.
I voted for McCain. Begrudgingly.
Please, no flaming. I've always have been respectful here, and would expect the same.
First, I'm proud to live in a country that can even elect a president without bloodshed, coups, etc. We are very blessed. I will support President Obama, and pray he leads with wisdom and discernment. He ran a very wise campaign, and pray he leads our country with the same success.
I have been disappointed in the Republican party for quite some time now. I'd like to see us finish the job we started in Iraq, and get out of there. While I think we need to face our enemies with strength, we need to really understand WHO they are and use our military with more strategic precision.
I hope that President Obama understands that all the great things in this country have been preserved for us to enjoy only because of a strong military. Just because a tool has not been used right the past 8 years does not mean you get rid of the tool......you learn to use it right, or risk breaking down. We are only as safe as our defense is strong. I worry about that.
I worry about this new thinking of "Spreading the wealth". I, like Joe the plumber, have worked hard for what we have. I work hard to pay my credit cards off and keep a zero balance every month. I have never paid a penny interest on credit card debt in 30 years. It has not always been easy, but I vowed 30 years ago that if the day ever came that I could not pay a credit card off in full every month, I'd cut them up.
I thought hard about how much of a mortgage I could afford, BEFORE I signed the papers. I've lived within my means all these years, and I DO NOT need a bailout. I am not rich. I try to save. I pay my bills. Why does my lifestyle seem so rare??
This new thinking that "The government owes me" scares me. Everyone wants a bailout. Everyone wants change. Take from those that have and give to the "have nots" scare me. It seems to me that we learned about this in school a long time ago.....but they called it socialism back then if I remember right.
I'm irked and I feel the republican party did a poor job. McCain/Palin could have done so much better. Presented the issues better. Debated better. Used technology better. Portrayed themselves better. They looked like an old man and a hockey mom, when in fact, I suspect they are much smarter then that. Taxing my health care benefits? Yeah right, like that was a good idea. They were like pull string dolls who just used buzz words like Maverick, etc......They could have done so much better.
I'm irked at the Media, who instead of being unbiased and critical, seemed to convince everyone that this election was over weeks ago. They, like the country, swooned like an "in love" schoolgirl who lost all objectivity.
I'm irked at all those who voted for blind change. I too have been disappointed in the past 8 years, and I too want change, but McCain/Palin did not do a good job of stating how they would be different, so I cannot blame those who voted more against President Bush then for anyone.
I'm irked at the 40 percent of republicans who did not vote....the republican turnout was the lowest since 1980. I blame the platform and the poor job McCain/Palin did for that. They did little to inspire. President-elect Obama, on the other hand, looked and spoke like a president, and did inspire. He sounded impressive.
While I'm happy that the young people got involved, that's great, I'm a bit irked at some of what I saw at the polling place. I worked last night at the firehouse which is also a polling place, and could not believe all the first time minority voters who came in to vote for the first time. Many of these people were in their 40's 50's 60's, etc. Many were not registered and did not understand why they could not vote. Many did register, and did vote for the first time.......and that is good. But where were these people all these years???? I've NEVER missed voting. I view it as a right good people have died for and a duty as a citizen. Am I wrong to be a bit irked at all these one time voters came out to vote because they like the message of "Spreading the wealth" ??
I do care and have opinions about gun rights, abortion, marriage, individual rights, family issues, etc......but these are volatile, personal issues....it will be interesting where we now go with those.......
Well thanks for letting me get some thoughts out. Just thought someone may enjoy the thoughts from a minority view. I really do support our new president, and will pray for him and our good country everyday. I hope we can now all unite keep democracy working.
Thanks, Frank D.