05 November 2008

Just A Few Thoughts

After the election results last night, I've decided to retire my crystal ball. America has taken a hard left; though Augusta County where I live voted for McCain with a final tally of 69.35% - a lot of bitter-clingers live here. This could be a watershed. It could be just a temper tantrum. It might have something to do with the unprecedented amount of cash raised by Obama (3 to1) and it might have something to do with the mainstream media's failure to objectively cover the campaign--an unprecedented disgrace. Time will tell.

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.


Anonymous said...

Mr Williams, I too feel exactly as you do .. and I'm VERY afraid of the result! I'm officially withdrawing from society, so to speak. No more evening news and talk radio for me. For the next four years it's all History Channel and country music! May GOD have mercy on our once great nation!

Ruby said...

I think that you hit the nail on the head when you referred to this entire campaign and election as a pop-culture phenomenon. You have only to listen to C-Span's call in shows to know that this is true.

Like you, I will pray for our new president and our country, as I always do, but I am concerned. Very concerned.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anonymous - probably not a bad idea!

Ruby - yes, Obama is, among other things, our first "pop-culture" President. He was the "cool one" to vote for, thus the youth vote. It was sometimes embarrassing to watch.

But, for our Country's sake, I wish him the very best when he's right.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately McCain, despite his past service to the country, was a weak choice as our candidate from the get go. And even though I like her a great deal the choice of Palin as VP also hurt him a lot. I think Romney could have taken it and hopefully he or someone else waiting in the wings can do so in four years (God, that's a long time ... ugh!). We need another Reagan!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


You're right about McCain, but wrong about Palin. The only time McCain was ahead in recent weeks, was after he announced Palin as his VP choice and after her convention speech. She energized the base.

Carter gave us Reagan, Clinton gave us 14 years of a Republican controlled Congress, and Obama will give us . . . ?

Anonymous said...

Exactly right! Four years of Obama (ugh, that's a long time!)is bound to be very positive for us in the end! I registered as a republican the DAY I turned 18 years of age BECAUSE of Reagan and was excited to vote for him! He made me proud of my country again after the Carter debacle! I look at Obama as Jimmy Carter-act 2 ... only worse!