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New President – Deep Breath

Congratulations, Mr. President-Elect

The polls are all closed, the counting is done (almost), and the United States of America has chosen her 44th Was2022111President, Barak Hussein Obama.  He was not my choice, for a number of important reasons.  I am proud to say that skin color was not one of those reasons, and equally proud that we, as a country, have come to a point where we could, as a nation, elect a person of color to the highest office in the land.

Congratulations, President-Elect Obama.  I will pray that God grant you the strength and wisdom you will need to lead this great country of ours.

With Position Comes Responsibility

As I said above, Barak Obama was not my choice for President, but here we are.  My husband wisely brought home a movie (an Indiana Jones flick) because he thought it would be good to have something to take our minds off of the election for a while. 

vfiles1366Ya know what?  It worked.  And after the movie I went to switch some laundry and the coolest thought occurred to me:  After the Dems take control of the White House AND the Congress, anything that gets screwed up is THEIR fault!  Oh sure, they’ll continue to kick George W. Bush around for as long as they can, but after a certain amount of time goes by – it’s all theirs, baby!  As much as I would like to make a comparison of Obama to Carter and how Carter begat Reagan . . . I’m not going to go there.  After all, Obama hasn’t even served a day yet.  It wouldn’t be fair.

I truly hope that Obama surprises us in a good way.  Time will tell.  He gave a good post-election speech.  Optimistic, hopeful, and encompassing of those who voted for him and of those who did not.  And it really is cool to live in an era when we as a nation have elected an African-American to the Presidency.

Let’s just hope those who seek to destroy us see President-Elect Obama as someone that needs NOT be tested.  Though I fear about some things for our Nation’s future, I know that God is ultimately in control.

The Republican Postmortem 

There will be lots of dissecting and reflecting and what-iffing amongst the Republicans over the next months or even years.  They’ve lost their way over time since Reagan.  Maybe they’ll wake up and go back to the conservative basics that Reagan communicated so well.

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Condolences to John McCain.  He has served his country well.  I’ll be glad to see him back in the Senate, serving still.  Considering the current political climate and the bias in the mainstream media, I believe the McCain-Palin ticket did as well as they could.  The swell of the tide of “change” was simply too strong.  I hope America understands that she will get what she has chosen.

I grew to respect John McCain as I learned more about him throughout the campaign.  He’s a man of integrity, honor, and passion.  I hope he can put the election behind him and come back to the Senate with those qualities . . . the Senate is going to need him.

What About Her?

What’s to become of Sarah Palin?  Well, Alaska gets its spunky Governor back, and she gets to rack up some more executive experience.  Where will that take her?  Time will tell. large_sarah-palin Lots of speculation out there about if/where she’ll turn up again on the national stage.  She definitely has gotten her feet wet and now has a feel for what running for high office is like. 

Those of us who like her (and those who are a little afraid of her) will keep an eye to the North to see if Sarah Barracuda will again venture to the Lower Forty-Eight.  ‘Bye for now, Sarah.

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3 Responses

  1. I don’t think the American public has a clue who Obama is and what he stands for. Personally, I am overwhelmed and horrified as to what the future holds for this country.

    I am also extremely upset over the lack of interest in a very serious accusation against Obama, that many supporters are winking at. He has produced no birth certificate to prove that he was born in the United States. The evidence points to his birth in Kenya, which makes his presidential victory constitutionally illegal.

    The days to come will be very interesting as the Supreme Court has to rule on this issue and if proven true, Americans will have a lot more on their plates to deal with other than electing a Muslim president.

  2. I hear ya, sheep wrecked. The media and the Dems vetted “Joe the Plumber” and Sarah Palin more thoroughly than they did Obama.

    Don’t know that I would call Obama a Muslim, but his affiliations with Farrakhan and Wright are very concerning.

    It will be a very interesting 4 (let’s hope only 4) years, that’s for sure.

  3. Unless we repent, persecution is coming to America –

    II Chronicles 7:14

    Everything is in place — our president can become dictator and declare anyone a “terrorist” — and that will be the True Christian who says there is ONLY ONE WAY – and that Is Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Jesus is calling His army of true believers to wake up and to prepare, to get ready!!

    What I mean is this… I Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay ahold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast profess a good profession before many witnesses.” “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, no man that wareth, entangleth himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please HIM who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” II Timothy 2:3,4

    Ephesians 6 — you know it — putting on the full armor of God to fight against the wiles of the devil!

    “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Ephesians 5:14

    God is gently saying… wake up those who have been slumbering…. it is time to get ready to take a stand.

    http://sharinglightinthemidstofdarkness.blogspot.com/

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