Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Aftermath

I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that I'm a Republican if you read my blog. I try not to discuss it much here, but to keep it a Mommy blog. However I did mention Sarah back at the convention. Be forwarned-this is a political post, if you don't want to read it, no hard feelings, check back tomorrow for more Mommy blog stuff.

I didn't post anything yesterday encouraging you to vote or who to vote for, but I do hope you all did. Today though, I need to get some things out of my head, and that's really why I started this blog, was to give me an outlet. So I'm posting.

Yesterday was such a bittersweet day for me. I heard from my sister that she got a job that's in my town, so that's great! That means she'll be close to us, and after she has the baby it's possible she'll bring the baby to our house and our sitter can watch him/her too. Yeah!

Then the election was not going so well for the Republicans. Which really isn't all that surprising since after 8 years of one party the other party usually gets into power.

I'll be the first to say that John McCain is not my first choice of candidates-I didn't vote for him in the primary, he's not nearly conservative enough for me. Now Sarah, that's a different story-she's a real conservative. I support that woman!

And I'm not the only one, apparently Tracy Lawrence does too, that was a fun surprise at the rally to have him come out and perform.

What I'd like to address right now is some of the frustrations I'm having with the election. There's a high probability that ACORN participated in voter registration fraud and in some places the officials aren't looking into it until after the election because it's just too big. Talk about making me sick to my stomach!

What
I have gathered from watching a little bit of the Today show this morning during breakfast is that this election is highly racially motivated. Essentially, black voters who have never voted before came out by the busload and voted. Which is fine-it's everyone's right to vote, but a candidate should be measured by his merits and not the color of his skin, right? That's what they tell the white voters. Shouldn't it be the same for the black voters? Why is the double standard okay? No other time is it okay for a double standard concerning race.

Tim and I encountered this when we were voting last night. A young black lady-early 20's if I had to guess, came in to vote at our precinct. Except she had never voted before and wasn't on the list. They told her she had to vote where she lived. She responded she lives in our town. They told her there were multiple places to vote in town and that her specific polling place was across town based on her address.

I don't know if she took the effort to go across town to vote, but what I do want to know is why? Why did she vote? Just so she could say that she voted for the first black president?

Yes it is an historic occasion to be able to vote for a black man for our highest elected office, but to do that at what cost? Even if he is the wrong black man?

If she really cared about politics and the direction of our country she would have voted in the primary and would have known where her polling place was. I realize that I am making generalities based on this one person, but there are other stories and events (that I have seen first person) that have shaped my opinion.

I'm just sad our first black president is essentially a socialist and the dems also have control of congress. Change is coming, and I don't think we're going to like where it goes-even people that voted for him.

It's going to be a long four years for those of us who are selfish and believe that the money we earn should be determined by us where it is spent. It will be long for those of us that believe unborn babies have rights, and if they should make it through a horrific botched late-term abortion they should be awarded the very best medical care, not left to die on a table or in a trash can.

The fire that rises in my chest for those helpless, precious babies is something that I can not continue to ignore. Especially when I have to explain to my 6 year old why Barack Obama wants to kill babies (he came home from school asking if Barack Obama wants to kill babies).

How do you explain to a 6 year old that someone would not want the baby they chose to conceive? How do you explain that it's the mother's choice to kill them? How do you explain Barack is our next president and we have to respect him, but that he thinks it's okay to kill-as long as it's an innocent baby? How do you explain that it's not murder? Except that it is, and my goodness, God only gave us 10 rules and that's one of them! We have to respect the next president even though he thinks it's okay to break one of the 10 commandments.

Let's just hope Barack keeps this in mind:

but I have my doubts.

SNL had it right--Palin in 2012.

5 comments:

Jessica said...

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! I could not have said it better.

Deanna said...

My heart is broken today for our nation's unborn. It is a "good" day for civil rights (I guess)--but the start of of a very long, and WRONG, 4 years in our nation's history.

I think I'd like to go back to having the stomach virus from last weekend...I felt better then than I do today.

BTW--Congrats to M on her new job!!!

Peggy said...

Thanks for sharing your political thoughts. I agree whole-heartedly. I'm in the same boat over here with explaining to my five year old about this guy and about the horrible things people do in this country. Continued prayer is a must.

Brenda said...

Have heart Janelle. There have been many presidents that many did not like and they turned out to be good for the country. I don't have an example off the top of my head sooo... I think also in politics the abortion thing should be a non issue. It is a court ruling, do we really think the Supreme court justices (mostly republican appointed) are going to overturn something their peers did? I don't think it is right, but in certain curcumstances I think a person could feel it was their only choice. The best bet is to just not get pregnant unless you really want to or are able to afford it. But in life unexpected things happen, like date rape and so forth. I also feel that there is so much more to right to life than babies. I always had to wonder about George W. he says he is right to life but then approves of the death penalty? Okay some will say that is a debatable subject, so I guess that is my point. I am more concerned about the state of the world, lack of jobs, education being unattainable for the vast majority, fuel, gas and groceries getting way overpriced. I just hope he can deliever on change, only time will tell and if not he will be gone in 4 years. In my opinion Bush darn near ruined this country and we were stuck with him for 8 years. This is what is great we are all allowed to have individual opinions, and it is okay.

McBorn said...

It was a bittersweet day indeed. I did what I could - I voted and there was nothing more I could do. What concerns me the most is that we will have a democratic president and majority in congress. I think a good struggle is conducive to making better legislation, appointments, and policy and it bothers me that having a dem president & congress will dampen the fire of creative thinking and compromise. And now we have to deal with the consequences.

I also wanted to make a note about Brenda's comment. Aside from all the should and should not's of pregnancies that end in abortion, I disagree that abortion should be a non-issue. Abortion, as with all forms of unnatural death, are a reflection of a disregard for life. I am not anti-choice, I am pro-choice in the real meaning of the term, that people have free will & the government should not infringe upon the individual's rights. Allowance of abortion under any circumstances eliminates that individual's free will to choose to live, to exist - which is a fundamental principle of our government and which I consider an unalienable right. Education, unemployment, and the state of the economy are all irrelevant when the person wasn't even given the courtesy of the right to live to have an education. Yes, it was a court ruling that first made abortions legal, but those of us who were lucky enough to be given the opportunity for life when it was legally allowed to be ended must never allow it to "not matter."