Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President Barack Obama

I had a whole long list of things to address today in light of the outcome of our Presidential election... but I won't bore you with them. I think everyone probably cares more about their own personal opinions than those of others. That has been my experience, in this world, anyway.

But I will say this ... now that the election is OVER, we need to stand behind and support our President. We need to offer all we can do to help unite the country and not go on and on and on about what we SHOULD have done, COULD have done- if you are a John McCain supporter.

It is no surprise to any of you that I am a southern Republican, with a liberal streak. I am going to talk about the Republican party and my reaction to them through this election and most especially, last night.

Good or bad, right or wrong, it has been my EXPERIENCE that things and people are not always what they seem. My EXPERIENCE with very conservative, Christians - is not a good one. I have known many a Christian, especially men - who have been well revered, well thought of in the church who was actually a self righteous, verbal abuser behind closed doors. It is MY experience that SOME of these people can be the most judgemental and biased on the planet... it is for that reason, I believe, that this day in age, organized religion is so frowned upon. I would like nothing better than to find a church home with my husband to support and be supported by ... but it's my experience that I'm always very disappointed. I'm going to keep looking and God willing, we'll find one- but I usually go in now with all my senses on full alert.

Don't get me wrong- I do not believe in gay marriage. I think abortion is wrong and Partial birth abortion is SICK SICK SICK ... sticking a pole in a baby's head and grinding out it's brains is something a monster must have thought of ... those are things I UNDERSTAND we want to keep at bay. I understand wanting to keep our arms and we want to be able to keep our hard earned money ... THOSE are the things the Republican party should stand for. THOSE are the issues they should have fought for ... but it turned so ugly ... and so wrong ... filled with hate and crazy outrageous statements ... I can't believe I was hearing Christians speak this way .. Jesus was FIRM about what HE knew was right. He very angrily turned over the tax collectors tables in the church. He had a temper- to be sure ... our God can be a vengeful God - but I don't recall any Biblical story telling us that Jesus or God was unfair or made up things about other people ... I don't recall Them trying to sway people with meanness and untruths ... I don't think that's how we're supposed to be or act. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MY PEOPLE?

Now, what I say now my upset some of my friends and family members, but it's my blog and my opinion - if you are trying to show the world (and I use YOU to mean Republicans, evangelican Christians, etc ...) that you are understanding, compassionate, moral and want what's right for this country - you are doing a poor job of showing it. I have never figured out a way to sway people to my side of an issue with venom, snarkiness, self righteousness or anger ... Let me tell you some of the petty, sad, mean and downright WRONG things I have witnessed:

Barack Obama is a MUSLIM- um, no. He's not. He's christian

Barack Obama is a racist, white hater - um, No ... not true. He DID go to Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years and it's true that some of it COULD have rubbed off on him. But I never ACTUALLY HEARD anything racist come from his mouth ever.

Barack "Hussien" Obama- ok, are you kidding me? What if some powerful leader rises to power somewhere in Europe, and is filled with hate and kills her own people. What if her name is Elizabeth ... MY name is Elizabeth. So I must be evil too, right? Wrong. I am CONVINCED that Mr Obama's parents did not know they were naming their child such a controversial name.

Barack "Osama" - my personal favorite. Again, CUT IT OUT. He is not a terrorist ...

and then finally, when McCain gave his very eloquent, heartfelt, gracious speech last night, MY people- MY Republicans were there shouting, booing and being hateful in general. I am SO ASHAMED ... and when Obama gave HIS speech - his supporters cheered McCain and were respectful and quiet whent he concession speech came.

ROBOCALLS to CUBAN AMERICANS, in Spanish, stating that Castro is an Obama supporter at the LAST MINUTE in sections of Miami. I mean are you KIDDING me. Republican party? There is no way we could have won with behavior like this.

I do not want to be associated with such beligerance, hate and childishness- especially when the demographics of the Republican party are white, southern, evangelicals. We are supposed to be a compassinate people. We are supposed to stand for what is moral and right. We are supposed walk like Jesus and show our light and we didn't ... we don't ...

I don't know what will happen. I just know that the decision has been made and all the rest of this has to stop. Republicans- THIS behavior is why you lost the White House. THIS IS WHY. Maybe in four years, we will have figured it out.

As for me, I am registering Independent from here on out, because I don't want to be lumped in the party system any longer.

... and finally regardless of who you voted for or how you feel about the outcome- we were lucky enough to witness history last night. We were lucky enough to be here when we FINALLY broke through the racial barriers. Last night, people were able to turn to their black children and say with CONVICTION that ANYTHING is possible and be CORRECT. I for one, am VERY proud of that fact and VERY proud I was here to see it happen.

You absolutely MUST find good in it. You MUST- we are called too ... and there it is.



Tracy said...


All I can say.

Toni said...

Double ouch. Ditto.

DeeDee said...

Triple ouch! Note to self: NEVER piss off Karyn!