So we voted in "the most liberal senator" to be our President. I keep hearing Obama supporters telling conservatives to quit whining. I wonder what they would be saying if "the most conservative senator" had been elected.
Yesterday I had read chapters 15 and 16 in the book of Numbers in The Prayer Bible. Throughout the book, there are short prayers added to the side columns to help us take what we have read and make it applicable to our lives. Today I opened to chapter 17 and the first thing my eyes landed on was this comment along the sidebar:
17:5* Often when we murmur against leadership, we expect God tochange our leaders. Instead, he confirms his selection and reveals ourrebellious hearts. Pray for God's guidance when choosing new leaders, then askhim to keep you loyal to the ones he raisesup.
History warns us that democracies do not stand forever. I pray this election is not a step away from what our nation has worked so hard and fought so long to keep--I hear many people saying that we need to move towards socialism and that our government of the past is not able to provide what is needed today.
That is scary stuff, in my opinion. But the people have voted--I could argue that the media has not told the truth, that they have kept information silent which should never have been stifled. But in reality, time will tell us all we need to know. The good, the bad, and the ugly will come out, and the history books will tell the story (well maybe--many school textbooks have deleted information such as the Pilgrims coming to America for religious purposes and are slanted to meet the author's agenda, so then again, maybe not). Our nation gets what the majority wants...and there is no higher power (other than, perhaps, the news media who does not tell the whole truth) to stop the nation from getting what they choose. So the people have spoken. I just hope they made an intelligent choice, one based upon knowledge of history and government and economics and not just good feelings and blind desires. Perhaps the people do want a bigger government and have studied history and have looked at the nations around them, probing for something better than what we have had. Perhaps these voters have taken a good look at the free market and what our founding fathers wanted and have seen that this is not the direction they want to continue. Perhaps.
I pray they have read Benjamin Franklin:
- "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
- "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
Or pondered Patrick Henry:
Another issue that concerns me is that this nation has always been a refuge for people searching for personal freedoms. We have striven to protect the rights of the minority and the innocent. We have claimed that all voices have a right to speak.
Yet I know that these rights are not always valued by all, and way too many do not think that others should have equal rights to voice their thoughts and opinions. For example, at least one state university has stopped up the voices of conservative students by giving them bad grades because they speak out for conservative values. Conservative-minded professors keep their mouths closed because they know they could get black-balled for speaking out as a Republican and could (and have) lose their jobs. Why would a college newspaper have only Democratic articles in it? It is not because they have no Republicans on campus, but because the Republicans need to graduate and keep their jobs, and they see the consequences as too great if they were to speak their minds. Why were there Obama signs and displays, but nothing for McCain? Or better yet, why did the people feel they had a right to rip down and eliminate all things McCain and force the Republicans underground? What makes the Democrats feel that the voice of the Republicans needs to be shushed? And why do they glory in this? What makes them believe they can do these things and still be right? This is not the traditional American way. Do the people no longer want freedom of speech? Do they only want to hear what they believe? Is this the "new nation" we are to become?
Obama would consider me and my family to be those who "cling to their guns and religion". And on one of the major news media shows, one of the people on a panel discussion qualified this statement, calling us "the bigot voters". Nice. Sounds like true protection of liberties, right?
I'm sure that there are others who could give examples about this happening in reverse. I, however, have not experienced it firsthand. Either way, it is wrong. It goes against what made our nation strong, and it is leading us down the road of pulling our country down around us with our own hands.
And, if we are going to talk about the voice of those being shushed... what about the voice of the children aborted? And those who survive the abortion but are left in the garbage to die?
So, those of you who voted for this man...he is going to have to prove himself to many of us, as would any president-elect. I pray that our fears are not all met with reality. I pray you have not made a grim mistake. I pray he has strength and wisdom, honor and honesty. He is going to need it all. This does not promise to be an easy year ahead of us. I’ve been told that there is an old Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.” I believe that Obama and the people he gathers around him to govern our nation are going to experience too many “interesting times” in the next four years. I pray it is not so.
I pray for us all.
Well, I go back to my normal self tomorrow—of kitties and sunsets. But I will continue to ponder the direction that our nation is taking, and I will continue to pray for wisdom for our elected officials. If you’ve read this far, leave a note in my comment box. I’m guessing no one is going to eat the whole thing. That’s O.K. I just needed to put this into writing.
Blessings to you all.