1. I went to my polling place and picked the candidates I wanted. I am a woman and I was not beaten or stoned for being so bold as to think I should be allowed to have such a voice. I do not live in a country where leaders are chosen based on who can shoot the greatest number of innocent children (see Syria). Last night, a dictator did not win with 99% of the vote before heading over to the nearest golf course to land four consecutive holes in one (see North Korea). America is pretty awesome that way. I did not vote for President Obama. I oppose a majority of his policy positions. But, he is my president and I will continue to teach my children that I can adamantly disagree with the views and the agenda without namecalling and hate and disrespect for the man.
2. To those of you who were pinning your hopes on Mitt Romney to save our republic and our freedoms, I ask this. Mitt Romney? Really? Many of you rejected him and spoke out against him as a big government moderate during the primaries, you admitted he was your fifth or sixth choice, but he now was going to be your 21st century George Washington? Like I’ve written before, Romney seems to be a very nice man with great business sense who loves his family and country very much. But, the guy has such a track record of being a flip-flop that he makes John Kerry look like a solid, dependable hiking boot. Romney cannot be the principled champion of individual liberty, small government, and personal accountability. Well, maybe he could on a Thursday, but who knows what you would get by Friday. It seems like some voters, if it became necessary, would have been willing to stick a tri-cornered hat on a cardboard box and anoint him the next Patrick Henry because they were so scared of the alternative.
3. Along those same lines, I remain optimistic that most Americans (and members of the human race in general) crave freedom and want to feel pride in country and the benefits of a hard day’s work. We just haven’t had a leader who has effectively spoken to those principles in quite a while. I refute the notion that we are on a one-way, no stopping it road to suffocating government and an entitlement society. We elected FDR and LBJ, two men who were kind of fond of the heavy hand of government, but then Reagan was elected and re-elected in a landslide more than forty years after the New Deal and fifteen years after the thick safety net of the Great Society. Yes, demographics have changed since 1984, but the population also changed greatly (and thankfully voting rights were greatly expanded) between 1936 and 1984. Strong and compelling messages still win no matter what. That doesn’t change. I still believe that most American voters are receptive to the positive message of freedom and responsibility and opportunity for greatness. We just aren’t hearing it.
4. My fellow Christians who are crying out that God is punishing us and that the devil won last night, and who are using some horrible language in reference to our president and this election . . . stop. Please. It’s heartbreaking. Reading and hearing the hate last night and this morning actually brought me to tears. God loves Barack Obama as much as he loves you. And, I’m pretty thankful for that because we all are awful people sometimes. Christ calls us to do all things out of love. “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love . . .” Eph 5:1-2. ”Love your neighbor as yourself,” Mark 12:31. “If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing,” I Cor 13:2. That doesn’t mean you become a doormat. That doesn’t mean that you don’t stand up and loudly speak on issues about which you are passionate. I will continue to share my frustration with Obamacare and redistribution efforts and other tentacles of government intrusion, but I will do so without calling our president a moron or a damn Muslim or a “dufus” (one of my favorites from last night). Several people have written that “God is weeping” over the fact that President Obama was re-elected. I do not dare to assume knowledge of the emotions and reactions of God, but my humble guess is that He more likely is weeping over some of the vile words being written and spoken in His name today.
5. In the past couple of weeks, I came to the decision that I wanted President Obama to win re-election. It’s not because I support his agenda. I think it’s pretty clear I do not. However, I don’t think Mitt Romney is the solution and eight years of his presidency is not a concept that gets me excited for an American rebound. I believe that President Obama will continue to be rather ineffectual for the next two years, with the House intent on stonewalling him, and then I hold great hope that in 2014 some of our states will pick quality Senate candidates instead of men like Akin and Mourdock who are an affront to sensible voters of all persuasions. I am fairly confident that President Obama will not have a Democratic Congress at any point in his second term, so essentially we are in a holding pattern until 2016. And, I look forward to seeing what hopefully will be a strong, compelling, thoughtful slate of candidates for both major parties (and other parties!) at that time. Small government, practical, “can actually reach out to voters of all backgrounds and concerns and work with people in an honest and productive way” conservatives have a great bench warming up — Christie, Paul, Cruz, Love, Jindal, Martinez and others are just getting started. (And for those worried about the Supreme Court, it’s not that hot right now anyway . . . Chief Justice John Roberts and Obamacare ring a bell . . . and who is leaving in the next four years with a departure that could cause a great shift?)
6. The future of this country does not rest on the person who occupies the Oval Office. It depends on the values we are teaching in our homes about respect, service, hard work, discipline, love, and accountability. It depends on how we view our fellow man and how we reach out into our communities. If we get that right, starting in our own families and working outward, we’ll be good. If not, we are in trouble. The person in charge over on Pennsylvania Avenue can only affect the speed at which some of these inevitable changes one way or the other are able to occur.