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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Post-Election Thoughts

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know we are disappointed in America's choice for president. However, life goes on. Here are some of our post-election thoughts (in true Glenn Beck fashion):

This is what we KNOW:
  • God raises up one man and sets down another. He is sovereign among the affairs of men and He is still King of kings and Lord of lords.
  • As Christians we are commanded to obey and pray for our leaders, to submit to their authority and to malign no man (though we will respectfully disagree with many).
  • Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. The government is not the source of righteousness in a nation, the Church is. No matter who is in office, the Church has a responsibility to Righteousness.
  • Conservatism is not dead. Personally I think it was a lack of well-articulated conservatism that lost the election. Hopefully, there will be a resurgence and a ground-swell of conservative voices and a party organized around them.
  • There were some bright spots on election day: In California, Proposition 8 passed, defining marriage as one man and one woman and reversing the court decision that legalized gay marriage. Florida also adopted their own Amendment 2, defining marriage as one man and one woman.
  • Barack Obama is our nation's first black president... an amazing thing when only half a century ago blacks couldn't even drink from the same water fountain as whites.
  • Obama ran a brilliant campaign (with a little help from the media).
  • Some pretty amusing things were said last night on TV and in the blogosphere. Two of my favorites: Brit Hume of Fox News when commenting on Joe Biden said "He is loquacious, nay, even garrulous." A friend's facebook status: "I hope socialized medicine covers post-election depression syndrome."

This is what we DON'T KNOW:
  • How Obama will govern. Will he remain consistent with his far-left, liberal voting record and associations? Or will he do as he promised in his campaign and move toward the center in efforts to unite the country?
  • If the Republican party will return to its conservative roots or continue its shift to the left.
  • If our country has reached the point of no return in our slide toward Socialism.
  • If abortion rights will increase or all limits be removed.
  • If things like the Fairness Doctrine will be reinstituted (what is up with the liberal obsession with unjust "fairness"?).
  • If electing Obama as the first black president is worth the chains he may place on his own people (and more). I believe several of the policies he has presented will further enslave people to poverty, or at least to himself and a big-handed government.
So that's it from us. What are your post-election thoughts?


Dr. Cristy said...

Great analysis, ladies. I think point #1 on the what we don't know sums up why many people are still kind of holding their breath. And his pick of Chief of Staff certainly doesn't appear to be in a very "bipartisan" spirit. So, we'll see. What I said to someone else may apply here- we conservatives survived Clinton (and maybe even could be accused of thriving under his presidency with the Republican Revolution). We will survive this as well, albeit a little less "rich", however you define that.

J.Knight! said...

KELLEY!!! Great post. I posted my thoughts here...

Outside the Frame said...

I would imagine you will see an Obama presidency very liberal in all aspects, from cabinet selections to judicial appointments and everything in between. Non-partisan campaign rhetoric is all we were hearing with the Obama campaign and after watching GWB share the limelight for eight years, one thing was illustrated perfectly...If you stand in the middle of the road, you get hit by traffic going both directions, or so they say.

Conservatism will rise again and hopefully, when it does,it will be absent the compassionate variety that has allowed the dems to gain control. As for now, I cannot see any power sharing in Washington. The backlash will come in 2010.

Kelley said...

I just emailed the RNC chairman and gave him my thoughts on the direction the party needs to take. His name is Mike Duncan and his email is chairman@gop.com. I encourage you to do the same. Here's my email transcript:

Dear Mr. Duncan,

I appreciate your hard work for the Republican Party. Thank you for your leadership.

I know in the coming days and weeks you and many others will be discussing how to rebuild and rejuvenate our party. I just wanted the peoples' voice to be heard in your discussion. I and several like me are very disappointed in the direction our party has taken. Conservatism is not dead, but the Republican party has left its conservative core values. John McCain was not the first choice of conservatives. In fact, many of us were displeased with the entire primary selection. The vote was split so many ways because there was no one we could truly rally behind, no one with a consistent conservative message.

Many of my friends either voted third party or voted somewhat begrudgingly for McCain.

We do not need to shift farther left. We do not need a watered down, centrist message to draw more independents. We need a well-articulated, consistently conservative platform. Conservatism is pragmatic and philosophically sound. It inspires hope and it works with reality. It has the ability to draw Democrats, Independents and Republicans if explained in understandable terms. We have not had a leader who is good at that in recent years (someone like Reagan).

I would urge you as you look at the future of the party to return to our roots. I would also ask that an aggressive effort be made to attract blacks and young people. They are opened to the message. I have first hand experience working with black students at FAMU who may have grown up in Democratic families but who are eager to embrace conservative principles once they hear and understand their implications.

If we continue in the current pattern, we will continue to lose. We need leaders who will articulate and govern from a conservative standpoint.

Thank you for your time,

Kelley Owens

Clayton Bell said...

I am hoping that JC Watts, Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal breakaway and form a conservative party that can articulate our values and why they should appeal to more than just born-again Christians. I want them to realize there's this thing called the internet. I want them to realize it's about moving forward, not lamenting how we left the past. I want them to nearly forget the old and focus on the 14-24 crowd.

Joe Bray said...

I agree with nearly everything you've said, but I'm not optimistic that the marriage amendments will be able to withstand an Obama-flavored Supreme Court.