05 November 2008

The Obligatory Election Post, or Thank God it's Over.

This is probably the most you'll hear from me about the election. In the spirit of fellow blogger Jon Acuff from Stuff Christians Like, here is my "Obligatory Election Piece". Be warned, I am cynical and suffering from campaign fatigue.

Truth be told, I didn't find much difference in between the two, at least not enough to make my choice clear.

The major foreign policy issue cannot be solved from the White House alone, and to pretend otherwise is pure foolishness. Besides, both of them promised essentially the same thing: We will leave as soon as we can.

Ditto with their health care solution. There wasn't enough difference in the two plans to make me choose one over the other. They both sounded good and expensive. I recognize there is a problem, but I don't believe that nationalizing health care is any sort of good solution.

The economy, as much as anyone tries to tell you otherwise, is also not controlled by the White House.

In short, I guess Rush Limbaugh would classify me as a "spineless moderate". But I haven't listened to him since he bashed all over Michael J Fox for making that TV spot for stem cell research.

And can I just say that I think the straight party section on every ballot should be destroyed and never ever acknowledged again? Ditto for the electoral college, but that's a different post.

So with that out of the way, I would like to move on to what I would like to not see Wednesday, Thursday, the rest of the week, the rest of the month...actually, I would be perfectly happy not seeing any of this again until about 2011.

I would not like to see:

Conservatives moping around like their dog just died. It's a new president. It happens at least once a decade, sometimes even twice. And come on, are you really that surprised that your grumpy old man candidate lost to a younger, charismatic person? Especially after what has happened the last eight years? I ran into a guy at work, and he was walking slower, slouched over with his hands in his pockets like a relative died or something. It was pathetic.

I would also not like to see any more liberals running around celebrating like they just won the lottery. Do they really, honestly, truly believe that this candidate is that much different than all the other politicians in DC? Do you really believe that all the promised change is going to happen? And do I have to remind you who is going to pay for all his changes?

I would also be pleased if Evangelicals and the Christian Right stopped right now with the "end-of-the-world" attitude. Please, for the sake of all of us, stop with the sore loser bit right now.

Stop sighing and quoting Romans 13 as if the government has just been handed over to Beelzebub himself.

And stop with the fear mongering. My wife heard an ad on a radio station on the way in to work the other day that said that a vote for Obama is the same as killing an unborn child.

That makes me barf. And not just a little in my mouth either. It's "Christians" like that who make me not want to tell anyone that I'm a Christian.

Whatever happened to Romans 14? Is the political leaning of American Christians seriously too big for the Unity of Christ? Because that's what those ads are saying.

What we should all do right now is celebrate the fact that we are witnessing history. It is a beautiful thing, no matter where you happen to be on the political spectrum.

What we should all do right now is stop living in fear and panic. I think Jesus called that sin, if I'm not mistaken.

What we should all do right now is thank the LORD that we live somewhere that we can vote, and the worst we have to deal with is a long wait. Not suicide bombers or people with guns "asking" you to vote for their guy.

And Thank the LORD it's over.


1 comment:

Mare said...

I enjoyed your cynicism. =)

Well said.