As I write this Barack Obama has been projected to win the Presidential race. I'm tired and I have to get up in 7 hours for work. Before going to bed I have some final thoughts on the 2008 Presidential election as it draws to an end.
I still hold that electing Obama was a mistake and a potentially disastrous one for America. With this said, the electorate has spoken and we need to respect that. This is a great country and a great system of government. We may not agree with the results, but they are what they are. Finally, even though I cringe at the thought of an Obama presidency, I can still appreciate the historic election of a black President.
I find it sad that Obama's grandmother passed away the night before the election. May she rest in peace and may Obama be comforted in the knowledge that she is watching him as he achieves his goal.
We need to maintain our support for America. We cannot fall into the trap of many on the left who threatened to move out of the country both times George Bush was elected. This is my country and I am staying here and will continue doing my small part to make it the best country in the world, bar none.
Before any think that I have gone soft, don't believe it for a minute. I will use my blog to call this man on every misstep he makes and I believe he will make many. I am an unapologetic partisan and that will never change. I am first though an American and agree with our President or not, respect the man or not, I will always respect the office of the President of the United States.
This is not the end of the world. The sun will come up tomorrow, I will wake up and go to work, and the United States will persevere. As I said in the title, this is not the end, it is the beginning.
The Republican party is a rudderless ship with no one steering it. While I have no pretense of being the one to steer it, I and everyone reading this has a duty to assist with righting the ship. The Republican party, when it is at it's best, is a grass roots party. We are a part of the grass roots. Watching coverage of the election tonight, I see leaders in the party that appear willing to step up and resurrect the party, Sarah Palin being one of the more obvious ones.
The Democratic party now controls the Presidency and both chambers of Congress. They have a monumental task. They have the lowest approval rating of any Congress ever, they have a newly elected President who made a lot of promises that he will not likely be able to keep, and more importantly, they will not have George Bush to hide behind. The onus is on them to perform and there is no evidence as of yet that they know how to. Finally, they have painted themselves into somewhat of a corner. They have a party base that expects big things from them and a still right of center country that is going to look dimly on some of the things their base will want them to do. The bottom line is, someone is not going to be happy with the actions of this new ruling party.
This is where the opening is for a rejuvenated Republican party.
Our job is to use what influence we have, no matter how small to help with spreading the word about conservatism and assist with the resurrection of the Republican party. I am only one and, as of yet, do not reach a lot people but together we can be a force to reckon with.
So cry yourself to sleep tonight if you feel the need, I do not, but awaken tomorrow and be prepared to continue the fight. I am. Good night and God Bless America.