Posted by: LucidMystery | November 5, 2008

President Obama

Some of you right now are celebrating like crazy and some of you are discouraged and disappointed. Barack Obama will be our next president, whether you love it or hate it (unless everyone on the electoral college gets a massive personality change.)

What I want all of you to remember is to be careful about how you respond to these results. Don’t be bitter losers and don’t be obnoxious winners. The bottom line is that all of us are reacting the way we are because we love our country and want the best for it. We just have different ideas on how to handle that.

If you were a McCain supporter, yes, I know this is disappointing and potentially scary. After you get past my environmental tendencies, I’m a republican at heart, and I fear some of his socialist ideas as much as any of you. But what we have to remember is that Obama won for a reason. If it wasn’t God’s will, he wouldn’t be where he is right now. And on the one good side, this is an awesome step forward for civil rights. An African-American is going to be the 44th president! That in itself is HUGE! Racism still runs strong in many places, and I admit I was woefully ignorant to much of it until this past winter. This may be the boost people need to see that we really are equal, no matter what skin color and no matter what ideas you were raised with. Even if you can’t cheer yourself with that thought, please don’t be a sore loser. Don’t make snide remarks like “Well now the country’s screwed” or “I’m moving to Canada.” Real mature. We’ve had the White House for the past 8 years, and except for when a vice-president can run on coattails of the prez, the same party never keeps office for more than the two terms. It goes back and forth.

If you were/are an Obama supporter, congrats 😀 Tonight is something you’ve been waiting for for almost two years (and I believe the word “for” needed to be there twice, grammatically speaking.) Obama does have some good ideas that I will be happy to see played out. But I want to caution you, too, don’t be a “sore winner.” Yes, you’ve won and you have the next 4 or maybe even 8 years to enjoy your choice. But think of it this way, if McCain won, would you want all of the republicans rubbing it in your face? The more obnoxious you are, the less likely you are to help the rest of us see your side, and the last thing we need is more division. Just a thought.

For the moment, whichever side you’re on, enjoy the epic history you’re witnessing. I just got back from a rousing bout of civil disobedience (responsible civil disobedience, mind you) on Pitt’s campus. From what I could tell, thousands of students had flooded the streets and were marching through Oakland cheering, clapping, laughing, and “whooooooooooo”-ing. And you know what, I may have voted for McCain, but I know why that crowd was so excited. Whether he brings it or not, Obama represents change and the potential to stir up the stagnant water Washington has become. I marched along with them if for nothing else than enjoy the moment of hope.

And you know, I hope he does bring about a positive influence. The issue remains that I don’t know if he will, but I plan on praying for him as much as I would have if McCain had won. He’s going to be our next president, and I need to make the most of it. I may not like the idea of spreading the wealth and I certainly fear for the unborn, but I guess we’ll see what he does. I do know one thing, ANWR is safe!

 

Oh…and I’m sorry, I have to say this. I keep hearing people saying they are “finally” proud to be Americans, and that makes me sick. You may not have liked Bush, but he isn’t America. To be an American, you’re proud of your heritage, of women who fought for the right to vote, abolitionists who rid us slavery, civil rights activists who battled inequality, pilgrims and pioneers who died breaking in a land where posterity would be free. Bush may not have been the brightest crayon in the box, but he didn’t wipe out hundreds of year of history. So stop implying you were never proud to be an American. No, America isn’t perfect, but if you find a country that is, please let me know.

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  1. Maria,
    I have a couple of comments. First thing it’s kind of hard not to celebrate the fact that we were able to witness with our very own eyes the election of the first African American President. I don’t think that it will be long now until a Women will be elected. Also, another reason for some of us Obama supporters to celebrate was the fact that after waking up on the day after the past two election presidential elections, with dispair and knowing that we had 4 years or another 4 years of Bush. So that’s one reason why I personally was celebrating. Last, no one is in favor of abortion and there is no way that John McCain would have made it illegal. Just think about this…President Bush had the House, Senate, and Supreme Court for the first six years of his Presidency. And yet nothing had been done. Just think about that and all during the Clinton years the number of abortions went down. Just some food for thought.

    ~Bridget

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  2. Correction, one thing was done: Bush banned partial-birth abortion. No, I don’t think anyone will be able to over turn Roe vs. Wade and outlaw early abortions (never mind the baby’s brain activity, beating heart, etc, etc.), but Obama has said himself that he wants to take back the partial birth abortion ban, which means babies old enough to survive a premature birth could legally be killed. That’s what I really can’t handle and hope he doesn’t succeed at.

    But let me be the first to say how happy I am that we have finally elected an African American president! You know what kind of issues I had to deal with earlier this year (though my lot was nothing compared with what the African American community has gone through), and if this will finally start to end that cycle of stupid racist thinking, then praise God!! I hope Obama does well for more reasons than that, obviously, but I do want some more backwards people to get out of that way of thinking, and this could be what does the trick.

    What I don’t want though, is for for there to be more division. When I saw people’s facebook statuses after the election saying “Suck it, McCain” my thought was “Oh yeah, thats the way to get people on your side.” That’s what I mean by obnoxious winners. I ran down the streets with a the horde of Obama supporters even though I voted for McCain. And not because of the “superiority” of Obama supporters, but because of their genuine joy. That kind of celebrating is positive and uplifts and encourages people. It didn’t make me cringe like “Suck it.”

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