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To the 52, From 1 Of the 48 November 7, 2008

Posted by Warren in Current Events.
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This ain’t a political blog, and I’ve been pretty silent through the campaign. My candidate didn’t make it to the national race, and the candidates I had to chose from were not what I wanted, so I held my nose and voted for the lesser of the two evils that we were given.
And the lesser evil lost. Oh, well.
My Facebook status from a couple days ago pretty much sums my opinions up — God’s in charge, and He knows what He’s doing. Even when we don’t understand it, and even when things don’t seem to be in anyone’s control, He’s got the steering wheel and knows what’s going on.
I’ve run into ZeFrank’s From 52 to 48 think on Twitter, and the idea seemed a little condescending to me. I couldn’t really put into words why, though, until today.
First, I caught a thread on FlameFans. Seems that on campus at Liberty University, there are some people who aren’t being very charitable towards folks who voted differently than they did. I was a bit upset with this, until I started hearing from students on campus that it was the Obama people who were calling people names, etc.
Now, I’m wiling to overlook this. It’s a small sample at a school where their views aren’t exactly welcome — can you imagine being a liberal or even moderate Democrat at Jerry Falwell University? Wouldn’t have worked when I was there, and I’m not sure things have changed that much. But it sure doesn’t sound like people who want to work together to me.
Then I read this post at the Ace of Spades HQ blog, and I realized why the whole 52 to 48 thing sounded insincere.
These are the people who have spent the last eight years calling me a member of the American Taliban. They’ve insulted my intelligence, they’ve denigrated my faith, they’ve suggested that Christians should just go form their own country and that everyone else would be better off without me. They’ve called the President of the United States Hitler. They’ve accused me of racism for not supporting a black candidate — after I supported Alan Keyes in three different elections, and have hoped for years to see J. C. Watts run for office. They all swore they’d move to Canada if Bush was re-elected in 2004 (and then went back on that promise). And now that they’re in power, they suddenly expect us to play nice with them.
What a bunch of condescending garbage. “Now that we’ve got our way, we can all play nice together.” No thanks. I’m not going to treat the President the way YOU treated the last one, I promise. I am going to be LOYAL opposition, but I will be opposition. The difference is, I will also be civil opposition — much more than any of you ever were. But just shrugging my shoulders and going along with whatever you want to do? Not happening. I voted against Obama because of his policies, nothing else (accusations of racism to the contrary).
And in two years, we’ll see. The only governing body with an approval rating on par with President Bush’s has been the current Congress, and I only see things getting more partisan (you’ll forgive me if I treat Speaker Pelosi’s comments to the contrary with extreme skepticism). That’s not what any of us voted for, and I see a change taking place in two years that will give President Obama a real challenge.

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