I first voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980. I recall similar adjectives being used with his victory that we're now seeing used to describe Obama's. But this too will pass. Unless Obama is a magician, the honeymoon will be short lived. Our problems are much worse than they were in 1980 and reality has a way of smacking us in the face. The pop-culture hype we've seen this election cycle cannot be maintained, even with a fawning press.
The country remains deeply divided: politically, socially, morally, and philosophically. I do not believe Obama will be able to unite us. I am convinced Obama is a socialist demagogue. His voting record, statements, associations, and alliances speak for themselves. Perhaps I'll be proven wrong. Perhaps Obama will moderate once in office and he is faced with the monumental task of running a country so deeply divided. Perhaps he will ignore the voices and influences of the radical leftist extremists with whom he has surrounded himself for more than 20 years. But I am *not hopeful.
I do, however, take comfort in knowing who is really in charge.
"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." ~ Proverbs 21:6
I also commit myself to praying for President-elect Obama. My prayer is that he looks to his Creator for wisdom and guidance and that God will grant him the wisdom and courage to lead our Nation in a way that pleases Him.
*Update: Obama has tapped strident hyper-partisan Rahm Emmanuel as his Chief of Staff. The night after Bill Clinton was elected, "Emanuel was so angry at the president's enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting 'Dead! ... Dead! ... Dead!' and plunging the knife into the table after every name." And Paul Begala describes Emanuel's aggressive style as a "cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache."
So much for uniting the country.