When my kids ask me many years from now what I did on the night the first black president was elected, I can tell them I watched “Lords of Dogtown” starring Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch as the original skateboarders in the 1970s. Good times.
As for the election itself, while I am sad in the outcome, I’m resigned to it (but gratified that the popular vote was more evenly split despite how the ever-ridiculous and unnecessary electoral college votes came down). But the next two years will be a potential hailstorm of change – and not for the better. Obama has a blank check to do whatever he wants now that both the Senate and the House are decidedly Democratic in majority. And here’s what I worry about:
- I fear for the ability of millions of people to live quiet lives without government interference.
- I fear for the homeschooling parents who just want to provide the type of quality education that their local schools can’t.
- I fear for godly parents raising godly children being told to stop because it’s “intolerant” (but heaven forbid THAT’S not being intolerant at all, right?).
- I fear for the potential to have five-year-olds suddenly being told about sex in such graphic detail that is wholly inappropriate for their age, and parents not being allowed to say, “No – now is not the time.”
- I fear for that baby who survives a botched abortion who is now just left to die in a cold empty room because laws in place to protect children may be stripped away.
- I fear for those young pregnant women who don’t know what choice they want to make NOT being told that pro-life is a choice they can also make. I fear “choice” being removed altogether under the banner of being “pro-woman.”
- I fear parents not even being told of their daughter’s decision to have a MAJOR MEDICAL PROCEDURE rather than give birth to a child.
- I fear for the people and leaders in Iraq who are finally almost ready to take the reins of their country and forge ahead with a newfound democracy that may be so abruptly abandoned by the US that all the hard work falls apart.
- I fear for any family making more than $120,000 (which is the new magic number, by the way, according to New Mexico’s Bill Richardson while out campaigning for Obama) and the heavier tax burden they’ll face with this new administration.
And that’s only a few of the things Obama believes in where I disagree with him. Things he believes in that I fear he’ll take immediate action on while the iron is hot and he has these next two years with a sycophantic Congress.
But as I said in a post a couple days ago, he is my President, and I’ll honor the office and pray for the man. I’ll pray everyday that he honestly seeks to represent ALL of us – not just his own personal agenda. I pray that he surrounds himself with people of diverging opinions so that he can see all sides of an issue before making a decision. I don’t want him to have a “free pass” with the press like he has over the past year. I pray that the nation will hold him accountable for his actions when he takes a wrong turn and breaks our trust.
He’s not the man I voted for, but he’s the man in office for the next four years. I’ll accept that graciously and I honestly hope for the best. But I admit I have fear when no checks or balances are in place. And beginning January 2009? There will be no checks and balances until at least January 2011. And that’s the scariest thing of all.
Congratulations, Mr. Obama, on your victory. You now need to prove yourself not to 50% of the voters who didn’t vote for you, but to 100% of the nation you claim to serve.
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