A Voice of Reason: Sane Views for a Crazy World

November 5, 2008

My President?

Filed under: Election '08,Politics — avoiceofreason @ 5:30 am

God, it’s been awhile since I posted.

I guess I should let all who may still read this deserted blog know that I am well, I just got a bit fed up with all the fighting.  I also realized that a person that I didn’t want elected is now President of the United States.

Like many – and though I am somewhat centrist I tend to go more to the “Right” during political seasons – who are like me, I am not happy about the results and there are many temptations to give into despondency and more than a little bit of ire.

I worry a lot about things, and one of them is my son who is serving in the US Army in the Infantry, and who will likely – because I don’t think that the “Change” which will come will be an abandonment in the Middle East -at least not tomorrow – and about him having a CINC that voted not to fund them while they were at war. 

I also have at times defended the current President, and know how he was labeled the “chimp in chief” from day one by many in the Democratic Party, and he may have earned some of that later on, but the characterization was unfortunate.  The temptation to put the same label – not due to racial considerations – but due to a lingering of anger at the way that the MSM and about 45% to 55% of the public treated the POTUS from day one of his tenure – upon President – Elect Obama is very tempting.  I don’t like the man’s policies.  I dislike many of his positions, and yet, whether I like it or not, when I saw that he had won, and I forced myself to watch, although I l left after Ohio was called, when I saw that pronouncement, for better or for worse he was my President. 

Part of me wants to wish him badly.

That is not reasonable.

This hurts, a bit, but life will go on.  Maybe I’ll have to pay more taxes, what a surprise.  Maybe the US will become a Keynesian Socialist nation at some point.  Much of the world is the same.  I’m not happy about that.

If there are more abortions on demand without any checks, what do I care.  It isn’t my problem, and the overwhelming majority of people who have that done wouldn’t be good parents anyhow. 

I am concerned about things, but eventually, in a country that has self government, and we do have that, the people decide.  The United States has shifted to become a “center-left” nation in its desires.  I’ll have to deal with that.  In the end people who get to vote, get to live with their national choices.

Like it or not, I suppose he is my President, and I’ll have my fellow citizens to be thankful for, or to deride down the road.  That’s how it works.

We’ll see how it goes, but at the moment, I’m not happy.

Pleasant journeys.



  1. I think we all need some time to grieve what we’ve lost. While I have been no fan of McCain’s, I was a huge fan of Sarah Palin and I lost it when I saw her teary eyed during McCain’s concession speech. After a couple of days, I will rally and accept our fate and press on, but for right now there is no way not to be sad.

    Those on our side of the aisle are always so gracious. McCain was a 100 times more gracious in his concession speech than Gore or Kerry ever were. And Karl Rove today has been unbelievably gracious, that says a lot when the left did nothing but demonize him and rip him to shreds.

    Comment by Dee — November 6, 2008 @ 4:49 am | Reply

  2. Dee –
    Sen. McCain has always been a “big” person.
    Consider that he had the largeness of spirit to lead the effort to normalize relations with the Vietnamese after being held prisoner in that little slice of Hades, the Hanoi Hilton for over five years.

    May that graciousness be how he is remembered, and may it be a model for all of us.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — November 6, 2008 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  3. Welcome back! It was tough for me for the first day, but life goes on and in the end I won’t let a president affect my happiness. But I will continue to write about what I believe in and becuase I don’t believe in anything that Obama stands for I probably will seem over critical of him from the beginning. It is hard for me to “give him a chance” when I know already that his policies are 180 degrees from mine.

    Comment by Mr Pink Eyes — November 12, 2008 @ 1:23 am | Reply

  4. Mr. Pink Eyes –
    Hopefully there will have to be some consensus. If all sides are miserable in negotiations a good job was done. Maybe that will have to be our criteria!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — November 12, 2008 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

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