The Morning After

November 7, 2012

I keep trying to write something about the US presidential election, but every time I get a few words down, I delete them.  It’s hard to say what I want to say, but this girl has done a pretty good job, so (for now) I’m going to defer to her.

Right after I share this quote, which I love, from C.S. Lewis:

“He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.”

So, it is election day. I am not telling you who I voted for. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am one of those pesky independents that the campaigns are trying to woo.

I don’t know who will win today. But, I do know this:

I am thankful for men & their families who are willing to serve their country. Sure, there are perks to being President. There are also high costs. You couldn’t pay me to carry the amount of stress, responsibility or schedule that being POTUS requires. I am glad there are people willing to do it. It is tougher than it looks people.

I am thankful that they are willing to go first. I can’t imagine the obstacles Obama has had to overcome to be the first African-American to hold this office. Also, Romney is a Mormon. That isn’t the most popular religion in our country & I imagine all the scrutiny makes him feel so vulnerable at times. Both these men have guts.

I am thankful that they are doing what they believe is best for our country. Now I am sure you seriously disagree with Romney or Obama. However, I think they are suggesting what they think is the best solution for the issues facing our nation. I appreciate people who stand behind their beliefs…even if I disagree. Gotta give props for saying what you believe.

I don’t know who will win today. But I do know:

The Office of the President should be spoken of with respect. Voice your disagreement & complete despair if your candidate doesn’t win. Fine. But, be respectful. Otherwise you get annoying really quick. No offense.

Our voice matters after November 6th. If we stop voicing our opinion and trying to impact our country when the election is over…we all loose. The change we are looking for isn’t found in one election on one day. It takes continued dialogue and action on our part. We are all America. We are all a part of the solution.

Bumper stickers & yard signs should be taken down this week. Okay, this is just my pet peeve. No one driving behind you needs to know that you voted for Gore in 2000. Just take it down.

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6 responses to “The Morning After”

  1. I agree with it all! Plus…all those yard signs are basically litter. Makes me sad. Recycle!

  2. Sarah says:

    So true. I loved Liz’s blog post. I think it sums it up nicely. I too have hesitated to write anything on my blog. I’m not sure what to say, how to say it, and I don’t know if I want to anyways, amidst blog posts about cupcakes and cats.

  3. Melissa says:

    You are both a breath of fresh air, thank you.

  4. Great post, thanks for sharing.

    I learned a while back it got me into nothing but trouble when I voiced who I was voting for and why. The only people who really know which way I went are the ones that know me really well or that I am comfortable enough to tell. It seems that no matter what you choose someone is always unhappy with you so I’d rather pass on the the judgement and anger and let my day go on peacefully.

  5. TRUE DAT. To all of it, but mostly to the bumper stickers.

  6. A Friend says:

    I respectfully disagree on almost every point.

    It does not make sense to me to feel sympathy for the burdens that people seek for themselves as part of achieving their dreams. I would not want you to speak in such a way of my struggles to start a business; nor would I speak of your parenthood like that. I love my struggles. I love my burdens; I have chosen them, and I feel pride in facing and conquering them. Do you love being a parent? Sure you get tired, but do you regret it? Hell no. So I say about your parenting struggles, the president’s responsibilities, and my own burdens: enjoy them! This is part of living your dream!

    The “going-first” part is similar: let them feel pride for it, rather than giving them sympathy. Really, though, the most forward-thinking response goes a step further: let them feel pride for it, and don’t speak of it. The ultimate goal is to make race and religion a non-issue, right? Should we not just let it go, then, rather than re-emphasizing our differences? If skin color doesn’t matter, then mere mention of it makes it matter.

    I do not think that either Romney or Obama is intending to do what they think is best for the country. They take polls to find out what positions are most in vogue so that they know what to say. What they say and what they do are completely unrelated. What they do is in their own best interest, so long as they have a way to hide it from the majority of us. It’s there for those who care to look, though.

    The president is simply the most cunning and deceitful of the politicians, capable of masterfully manipulating the minds of good-hearted people on a large scale. This does not earn my respect; therefore I do not respect them. Additionally, I trust no person who seeks power over others. There is something unwell about such a mentality, and it is in direct contradiction to the very idea of freedom. The only person fit for such a position is the one who could do it in his sleep and only does begrudgingly because his friends push him to do it. This has happened before.

    Initiating force against others is wrong no matter who does it or for what reason. Force is never the answer to a peaceable situation, yet the State initiates force against the people by its very nature. The State *is* force. There is no such thing as a necessary evil. Evil is not necessary.

    Though I wholeheartedly agree with you that we should continue to strive for change after the elections, it is contradictory to encourage people to use their voice, but only if they speak in a manner of which you approve. No, let every person speak, and defend most rigorously the speaking of people with whom you most disagree. Only then are you really defending free speech and promoting a positive and peaceful change.

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