Thursday, November 06, 2008

No I Didn't.

I did not vote for Obama. That's right. I said it. I am not ashamed. I don't feel empty inside. I feel proud that I voted with my head and my heart. I am proud to be a VERY conservative Republican. I'm one of those right-wingers which people like to make fun of. McCain wasn't even conservative enough for me, but he was the closest thing. At no time EVER did I even once consider voting for the so-far-left Obama. Why? Because I was informed. It was a fully informed decision. I read up on Obama and McCain. A lot. A great big lot.

Leading up to the election, I knew. I knew that Obama was going to win. I prepared myself. I was OK with it. OK with it in the sense that I was accepting of the fact that he would win. I am not OK with him being the next president. That's right. I said that, too. I. Am. Not. OK. With. It. I can't change it. All I can do is hope that God has his hand in this.

He will be 'the' president, but not 'my' president. Yes, that sounds a little bit like I'm stomping my feet because I didn't get my way. That is not it. Not at all. It was the same with Clinton. I loathed Clinton with everything in my being. For many, many, many reasons. None of them having to do with that stupid Lewinsky thing.(He was not MY president, either.) While I can't say that I loathe Obama, I am not drinking the kool-aid. I'm not on the bus. I will not participate in the love fest.

Speaking of the love fest.(and that is only part of it.) Oh. My. God. I can hardly stomach it. I am watching and listening and reading and my mouth is hanging open. It's as if they are worshipping at the altar of Obama. That scares me to death. It's Oprah times 500. (Oprah is a crazy loon and that is a whole other post.)People are saying things like, "He makes me want to be a better person!" and "He makes me proud to be an American again!" Seriously? Seriously? No one besides Jesus has ever made me want to be a better person. Plus, I've always been patriotic so I can't relate to being proud to be American AGAIN. The president does NOT define me as an American. As I watch all of this, my mind keeps going to the 'Left Behind' series of books. Carpathia. Wolf in sheep's clothing. Charismatic man leading the world astray. That is what this all reminds me of. Ever since Tuesday night, I've had a sick, sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. It's not the disappointment, though I certainly was disappointed. It's not 'boo hoo I didn't get my way.' It's fear. It's dread.

Moving on to race. I want you to know that race has nothing at all to do with my feelings. I came from a racist home, but I am not racist. I think it's a great thing that a black man could be elected president, however, that shouldn't have been THE reason. I've heard people around me say it. There have been people interviewed in newspapers and on TV who have pretty much summed it up with, 'because I want a black president.' How can that be the only reason? Voting for him just because he is black is just as racist as someone not voting for him because he's black. My frustration level with this is at it's peak. Seriously with the my president is black stuff?? I just want to say, 'No sh**, Sherlock."

Indiana ended up 'going blue' on election night and that made me sad. I loved being a part of a red state. But that's ok. I'll happily be a red dot in a blue state. (I was VERY happy that Indiana re-elected our governor, though. That is a very good thing!)

I couldn't stomach television on the night of the election, but since then I've watched the news and clips of election night elsewhere. I've got to tell you, watching all these little bitty kids jumping up and down and cheering kind of turned me off. I have a 5 and 7 year old. They knew of the election. They knew that daddy was going to vote for "Orock Obama" and mommy was voting for McCain. We talked about it a lot. The 7 year old talked about it at school, too. They went to bed before the results came in. The woke up the next morning and asked who won. They felt sorry for McCain and happy for Obama. Then, they went about their 5 and 7 year old lives. I didn't put them in t-shirts that said McCain/Palin. I didn't make them wear buttons. They didn't cheer or dance. They are little kids. As they get older, they will know plenty about elections and government and all that. For now, they are kids. Happy-go-lucky kids. I want them to stay that way a while longer. So, more power to you if you involved your little bitties more than that. It's not MY cup of tea. (However, they were very much involved in the 'Sign Wars of 2008.' That was just silly fun. They just wanted to hide the signs from mommy/daddy in a better place each time. It was more hide and seek than political anything.)

The thing is, before everybody touts Obama as some big hero, he needs to get into office and do his job. Period. After 4 years, then MAYBE you can call him a hero. After 4 years, MAYBE you can compare him to other great presidents, but not before he's done an ounce of work. He has said he's going to do lots of things. You know what? He probably will do some of them. I doubt he will do what many people are expecting. You know what else? I never expected McCain to do everything he said either. They are POLITICIANS. They tell taller tales than anyone else in the world.

Before you tell me that I am hating, I'll beg to differ right now. I don't trust Obama. That's the bottom line. As my online friend, Salena said, he has a majority of America hoodwinked. I sincerely believe that.

You know, wouldn't it have been fun for McCain to win, if only to witness the mass exodus to Canada/Europe of the Democrats! (yeah, right) That was so old and tired during the campaign season. "If McCain wins, I'm leaving the country!!" Whatever.

I do know this. I don't ever want to hear or use the words 'hope' or 'change' ever again. Yes, there's some snark in that statement, but there is sincere truth, too.
I was never more sick of two words in my life than I was during this campaign.

Something I forgot to mention-- I was very happy with the high voter turnout. It should ALWAYS be like that. Always. Voting is something one shouldn't ever take for granted.

One more thing. The way Sarah Palin was treated during the campaign was completely and utterly ridiculous. The way she is being tossed under the bus after the election is beyond disgusting. It's a good thing she is a strong woman.

I know I've forgotten some of what I had planned to say, but I'll just leave it at what I've already said. I don't apologize for my feelings and beliefs. I put this out there because I had to get it off my chest. I love my blog and love being able to post whatever I feel like posting. If you don't agree with me, that's alright. You are allowed. You have the right. If you dish it out, I can take it.

God help us all for the next 4 years.


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posted by Angie @ 10:48 PM  
  • At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is my problem with you statements...."I don't trust Obama."... but you haven't any given him the opportunity to earn your trust or not... you are feeling this way out of the shoot!!! But you trust McCain or for that matter any politician without actually seeing them in office.

    I voted for Obama(obvioulsy)... I was not swept up in the "lovefest." But I do believe that he has opportunity to do something for this country that we have been CRAVING for the last 4-8 years.

    I also like John McCain... don't like Sarah Palin...look at the problems that existed with her prior to even going to the white house... can you imagine what would have happened after four years in the white house??

    Give Obama the opportunity to prove himself before you throw him under the bus... and then when he does screw up... you can say NA NA NA....

  • At 7:53 AM, Blogger Angie said…

    Like I said, I don't apologize for the way I feel. I appreciate what you have said, though. However, I wish you hadn't commented as anonymous.

    It's a gut feeling. It's the only way I can explain it. I FEEL like I could trust McCain/Palin a lot more than Obama. I see a very slick politician and a convincing speaker in Obama. I said in my post that he has to get into office first and do his job. I even said he will probably do some of the things he has promised.

    I just don't have a good feeling.
    I don't apologize for that.

  • At 9:52 AM, Blogger Jose said…

    Angie as I read your whole article I couldn't help but remember that was exactly the same way I felt 8 years ago when Bush got in power. Then four years ago we got the chance to redeem ourselves and guess what, glottons for punishement that we are we re-elected Bush again!
    I am with you on the statement of God Bless us all for the next four years. God bless Mr. Obama too even if he is not a Christian he will need all the help and prayers from us to clean the horrific mess left by the current president.

  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Catherine @ The Blonde Diaries said…

    Angie - That was a great post and summed up my feelings as well. I was not wowed by either candidate this election year but I too went with McCain because he was the closest to my beliefs.

    I am not thrilled by Obama being the President-elect but I am not going to go all rabid like people did when Bush got into office. I'll give him a chance but I will not blindly fall in line with the other kool-aid drinkers and think he is the greatest thing since sliced bread and can do no wrong.

  • At 3:16 PM, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said…

    I agree with you there, Angie. Was Obama elected because he was black? What about being capable for the job. Hopefully Sarah Palin will return. Here in Britain, the left tore her to pieces. I get the impression they were afraid of her and their best attack was to sneer.

  • At 8:13 AM, Blogger Angie said…

    Thank you all for your thoughtful and not bashing-me posts! I appreciate it! :)

  • At 10:17 AM, Blogger TLR said…

    I am so glad we live in a country were we can can our own beliefs and state them.

  • At 11:48 AM, Blogger Amy, aka ABB said…

    Amen, Angie. Let me just add, I "hope" that the "change" (hahahaha, had to sneak them in) will benefit us all in the end. And i don't mean the socialist slant (gah) - I just hope that he conducts his Presidency and his policies in such a manner that America remains the beacon or rationality and democracy and freedom that it has always been for the rest of the world.

    The Left Behind reference, OMG, you must be a long-lost sister of mine. So absolutely on the same wavelength.

  • At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "He has a majority of America hoodwinked."

    I am smart woman. I did my homework and I did my research... I have not fallen for a bag o' tricks.

    Do you think Ken Adelman, Scott McClellan, and William Weld were hoodwinked as well?

    It's an interesting statement... it's sweeping and broad and sounds very smug... as though you know something the rest of us, those of us foolish enough to fall for tricker don't.

    I sound as though I am bashing you, and that is not my intent. You have every right to express yourself.

    As far as the words "hope" and "change"? Let's just say I am happy to never again hear "Maverick".

  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger Angie said…

    Well, anonymous, I wish you had not commented anonymously, but so be it.

    I completely agree about never hearing the word "Maverick" again! I NEVER used that word. Nor did I ever say anything about lipstick and bulldogs or whatever.

    Sorry if I sounded smug, that was not my intent. And believe me, I do NOT know anything that everyone else doesn't know. I would never claim that.

    Also, I don't take your comment as a bash. I appreciate comments that do more than say, "You suck you stupid ho!" :)

    TLR, AMEN!

    Amy, If I knew how to quilt I would totally believe that long lost sister thing. ;) lol

  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger C said…

    I think it's always interesting to read what someone else feels who lives a completely different life than I do, and while I wildly disagree with much of what you said - it's so lovely that you can feel that way and I can feel something else and the world just keeps on turning.

    I think politics (along with religion and a host of other things) is so divisive. This whole red vs. blue, republican vs. democrat thing just seeks to separate us further.

    I don't feel tricked, or slighted and I wouldn't have felt that way if McCain/Palin had won either. It's oay, you can't win 'em all, right?

  • At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Angie. It's me Rachel from Slim's site. Love your blog.
    Even though these sites below will terrify you about Obama's plans, I thought you might want to read them. And I agree with you on EVERYTHING !

    People who voted for him I'm sure didn't know what ALL his plans were.

  • At 11:17 PM, Blogger Salena said…

    Amen sister! :)

    Its no secret how I feel about this.. ha! I'm trying to keep in mind that God is in control. I want to vomit every time I see Obama on TV though.

    I agree with you about Oprah. I think she's nuttier than a fruitcake. I won't watch her show no matter who's on there.

  • At 12:00 AM, Blogger Joyce said…

    Hi Rachel! Your first link (for me anyway) was broken. On the 2nd one, I wonder if you could point out what specifically you didn't like about it. I'll admit to much of it being over my head, so help me here!

  • At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The first link mysteriously disappeared, which is sad since it was the better of the two. Wonder who took it down ? Hmmm...

    The site outlined, among a lot of other things, many ideas that Obama wants to implement. One of which is programs and opportunities that would be organized on a website where people could match their interests and skill sets with different opportunities and connect to make a difference, even using the site to chart their goals and progress made.
    He said he would make federal assistance conditional on school districts establishing service programs and set the goal of 50 hours of service a year for middle and high school students, slowly increasing it to 100 hours per year.
    There are already plenty of opportunities for volunteer-minded youth to give of their time through privite organizations- Habitat for Humanity, church groups, etc. Why do we need another group run by the State? For political indoctrination? No thanks
    Senator Obama was nearly 17 minutes into his July 2 speech in Colorado Springs, Colorado when he deviated from his pre-released script and performed without the teleprompter net saying, "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." (emphasis added)
    The immediate context for that amazing statement was a preview of parts of his plan to vastly expand community service opportunities for Americans of nearly ALL ages. He said,
    "People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve."

    This reminds me of the Hitler Youth Corp, mandatory for all German children 14 years of age or younger. Children it turns out make great snitches on parents, friends etc. and helped the Nazis to keep people in line thru fear of being turned in, after they were inculcated with the Nazi "socalist" agenda. The Obama youth corp for instance. What if they don't want to be a member of a liberal youth group? Do they flunk? Why not check with their parents before you conscript them into public "service". Keep your handsoff our children. Didn't Germany have youth brigades? Do we need a man to be telling us what is REQUIRED of OUR children ?
    I can't understand why people are willing to accept whatever this man suggests . This is serious business. This what Hitler did. What has happened to America? People wake up!!! We all need to come together, because Americas is/has become a police nation and their policing the Americans.
    We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but people can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism, until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism. Even though he thinks he is King
    and the World considers him to be.
    I cherish my freedom and want to keep it that way. I do a lot of research on Obama and what his plans are. I know most people don't have a clue, since I can't imagine the amount of people that voted for him would have if they had known. I know a lot of people voted for him because they thought someting would be in it for THEM financially. With all that Obama wants to do, there is no way that the so called 5% of the people he claims he will "steal" from can pay for this. One day everyone will wake up when they find that EVERYONE will be paying for it.
    Hold on, it's going to be a wild four years!
    Sorry this is so long. I could go on and on and I can back up what I write !

  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger Angie said…

    Salena, Rachel, Joyce, C, and anyone I may have missed...thanks for the comments!!

    Salena, I KNOW how you feel. :)

    Rachel, thanks for the links and the synopsis of the scary things! It gives me the chills. The more I read up on the plans, the scared I feel. You are right when you say, "Hold on, it's going to be a wild four years!" (no apologies on length! I like it!)

  • At 9:41 PM, Blogger Kelly said…

    I started to leave a reply but as usual, I got entirely to long So I decided to link to your blog instead on my blog. You know, I gave you a little linky love. Anyway, this entry's link won't pop up until the 10th, but here it is anyway.

  • At 11:48 AM, Blogger Beckie said…

    Hi - I'm not a regular reader of your blog - I just happened upon it today from a link from another blog - I guess that's the way it goes in blog land.

    I just wanted to say that although I don't agree with everything that you said I thank you for writing this post. I have been looking for something like this - straight forward and honest that gives me more info on your perspective. Something that is not too hateful to read, something that is not full of name calling - just a straight forward opinion.


  • At 1:43 PM, Anonymous CB said…

    I suppose I'll weigh in. First, a pet peeve of mine - Republicans are no more conservatives than Democrats are liberals. Both parties have co-opted the labels. Republicans have become borrow-and-spend and Democrats tax-and-spend. They're both sending our children into oblivion. You need look no further than the 2nd Wall Street bailout bill. As I predicted on Slim's page, there were a whole series of "sweeteners" to bribe various reps into voting. The world economy's going to hell in a hand basket and some SOB slips in $2M for wooden arrow manufacturers. Give me a break.

    Obama - who the hell knows? That's the problem - nobody does. We've elected essentially a back-bencher with a silver tongue. He may end up as the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln or he may be Richard Nixon. We have zero track record on him running anything bigger than a breadbox. America's rolled the dice on this one.

    Unlike most, I'm not worried about having to call fellow citizens 'comrade' anytime soon. Paying lip service to the whack-jobs on both sides on the aisle to get the nomination is a time honored tradition and the fault of our crappy selection method. Rather than being vetted through a long & rigorous political process we get rock stars.

    Obama, to his credit, told the feds to shove their campaign money. With any luck that's the death knell for federal financing of elections. I haven't checked that box on my 1040 for years and never will.

    Unsolicited advice for the GOP - here's my pragmatic 5 point plan to win the White House in '16. Why not '12? Because the economy will start to turn around mid to late '11 and Obama & the Democrats will take credit for it. People vote their pocketbook in most cases.

    1 - Drop the abortion issue. Besides the fact it's the law of the land, the Southern Christian Right will still vote for you in the general election. You end up spending more time wriggling out of what you said during the primary than is useful.

    2 - Embrace alternative energy. If you don't you'll lose the 35 and under crowd and end up with old white men like me left as your base. NOT a good idea since we're not going to be around much longer.

    3 - Start to de-social-engineer the tax code. Taxes should be used to raise revenue not to impose financial penalties on those who don't kow-tow to whatever current social fad in is vogue. Dump the special crap pointedly aimed to benefit certain industries and businesses in those industries.

    4 - Tell my generation (baby boomers) that the SSA gravy train is over. We ain't getting back what we put in. Don't force my two kids to contribute my monthly government stipend so it can go on a round trip to DC & back, shedding 10% or so on the trip. Just let me know NOW.

    5 - Nobody elected us Sheriff of the World. The failure to export democracy to Afghanistan & Iraq and requisite $10B+ a month it costs should be ample proof of that.

    Too bad no one will listen.

  • At 7:29 PM, Blogger Angie said…

    Thanks, CB..and everyone, for weighing in on this. I appreciate any and all input. No, really. I do! Different opinions make the world go round!

  • At 1:24 PM, Blogger Claire Joy said…

    When the torture chambers in Guantanamo are shut down I will be proud to be an American again.

  • At 10:12 AM, Blogger Mitey Mite said…

    I don't even know if you will ever see this comment, but I was just catching up on your blog and had to weigh in.

    You say you have always been patriotic. Well, so have I. But I have certainly been ashamed of what my country has done for the last several years, specifically:

    Tax cuts for millionaires but not for working people,

    Borrow-and-spend (MUCH worse, in my mind, than tax-and-spend because you're having the party and handing the bill to your children)

    Focusing on homosexuality,which Jesus NEVER MENTIONED and ignoring help for the poor, which He talked about countless times

    Invading and occupying a country that had done nothing to us

    Torture. You're for it or against it, and you can't say you're against it but rationalize doing it because the other guys do it.

    Shredding the Constitution, especially the 4th amendment. Thank God Obama taught Constitutional Law for many years!

    If your child is doing things that are illegal and immoral, would you do nothing because after all, it's your child and you must be loyal to the family? So why, when it's your country doing illegal and immoral things, would anyone expect you to keep silent and go along with the herd? Or should I say, drink the kool-aid?

    I know you are too young to remember John Kennedy, but Obama reminds me of him. He makes people want to work to make their country a better place. Look at the way he excited the young people. The only way you could consider that a bad thing is if you really are a strict constructionist who believes that only white male property owners should be allowed to vote -- and I think you treasure your right to vote too much to go there.

    I went off to college a Barry Goldwater Republican, but Kennedy won my repect and became "my" President. Since then, I have done my best to keep an open mind about every President that followed. There really were not many bad things said about Bush in the beginning, and even with all the problems, the comments and jokes and press coverage never reached the depths that they did with Bill Clinton (from the day he was elected, I might add.) The press does seem to have a love affair with Obama, but I'm sure they'll pile on as soon as he gives them a reason. And the black thing? -- I never would vote for someone because of his color (or sex, for that matter). My great-grandfather owned a slave; my father saw a white man kill a black man on the courthouse steps and nothing was done to the white man; and I grew up in a segregated society. I cried when I voted for Obama and when he won, just because it's incredible that we came this far in my lifetime.

    Do I have opinions about Sarah Palin? You betcha! But I'll just keep them to myself. :)

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