I’m man enough to admit I bitched, moaned, and attacked Obama as much as the next armchair pundit…
I’m also man enough to swallow my pride and be the gentleman the boys home taught me to be…
Dear President-Elect Obama,
Congratulations. I’m proud that my country has proven to itself (not the world) that we can and will move past race.
We are not so different, you and I. I grew up in a Mexican/Indian household. I was born illegitimate; my father was white. I grew up in a household full of racial distrust and envy. I’ve always hated racism and racists, vehemently. This is why I don’t trust you. This is why I voted against you.
I assumed that because of your associations with certain individuals and given your comments about your upbringing, experiences, and family, that you were an angry individual with latent issues about race. My assumptions might be wrong; only time will tell.
Again, congratulations. My faith directs that I pray for and respect the leaders that have been placed above me by my creator. I did not do this when Clinton was elected and I’ve been a poor example…a very poor example to date. I will criticize your policies, but for you as an individual, I will show respect. There will be no Obama Derangement Syndrome from this American. I pledge this and welcome anyone to call me on it if I fail to live up to that promise.
To my fellow bloggers, please consider this:
His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition – Mark Steyn
The phrase is apt, I think. Congratulations to President Obama, as we must come to think of him. I agree with Jonah. He fought a brilliant campaign, beginning with his total befuddlement of the supposed sharpest operators in the country, the Clintons. Where’s the old politics of personal destruction when we needed it in the snows of Iowa, eh?
As for us losers, there’s no point going down the right-wing version of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Any shrill vicious ad hominem invective would be much better directed at each other. The Republicans lost this election. I disagree with Lisa. I think we are near a point at which America joins the rest of the west as a center-left society — that’s to say, a society whose assumptions about the role of government and the size of the state are far closer to Continental social democracies than to the Founding Fathers. In a grim media-cultural environment, the temptation for American conservatism is to be seduced into becoming one of those ever so mildly right-of-left-of-right-of-left-of-center parties they have in Europe. We should have the fight about conservatism’s future vigorously and openly — perhaps at Bud’s Roadhouse out on Route 137 in lieu of All-Girl Mud-Wrestling Night.
To the Republican Leadership and cuckolding Libertarian wannabees:
I’m gunning for you. I’m going to spend the next two years being the proverbial sithmonkey on your back. YOU are the reason this country is shifting to the left. Not Obama, not Pelosi, not any of them…
It’s time to clean house. If you want to call yourselves the party of Reagan, then by jeebus, start frikkin’ acting like it…