A Fitting Coda

Michigan minister Josh Graves composes a fitting coda to what has been an historical presidential election cycle.

  1. Jeff Slater

    Good thoughts — thanks for sharing that.

    The best analysis of the election I’ve read so far is this:


  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    Jeff, I always struggle with allowing readers to put their own links in comments to my posts (you know, the old “I’m the owner here and if you want to get your message out you can do it on your own blog” argument), but in the interest of “national healing” I’ll let it stand. 🙂

    I could see how you might like Mick’s post. I’m glad that Mick (and presumably you) will be praying for our new president. But I found many of Mick’s thoughts to be the same o’ same o’ partisan pap, and in particular I found his reference to “a misinformed and short-sighted electorate seeking emotional healing, immediate gratification and hand-outs” to be personally offensive and patronizing.

    Like I said in an earlier post, conservative Republicans could benefit from some soul-searching in some far corner of the political wilderness–and this from a man who had never in his life voted for a Democrat for President until yesterday. But I had my reasons, and I stand by them.

    Repubs need to man up, take their whuppin’, move on, and then come back and offer something better.

    Personally, I like Josh’s coda much better than Mick’s.

  3. Jeff Slater

    Thanks. 🙂

    I understand what you’re saying. And I have taken the loss like a man. 🙂 I’ve even been urging like-minded friends not to move to Canada just yet! We prayed for this election, and while I don’t like the results, I trust in God.

    I liked Mick’s post because it really reflects my thoughts on Obama. I hope he proves me wrong and is not as radical on abortion, free speech, and big government as his record indicates. I hope he does reach across the aisle, though he has never done so before and really has no reason to with a Democratic majority in the house and senate.

    BTW: Back when the GOP controlled the White House and both the house and the senate, there was a lot of talk from Democrats (I remember Dr. Elrod in particular) about how “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” I wonder if they’re singing the same tune now? 😉

    I hope conservatives learn a lot from this election. Specifically, I hope we never again put a wishy-washy RINO who’s more interested in bashing his own party than fighting for conservative principles at the top of the ticket again.

    In light of the election results, do you think they’ll cancel The Daily Show with Jon Stewart?

    Sarah 2012!

  4. Mike the Eyeguy

    You guys have fun with that circular firing squad. 🙂

    I think JS will have more than enough fodder to stay on the air, regardless of which party is in power at the moment.

    I’m more worried about Tina Fey…what can she possibly do to top that?

  5. Jeff Slater

    “Circular firing squad” 🙂

    That’s good — and very appropriate. I hope we can get our act together.

  6. cg

    ” I have already heard some people suggesting that he was elected because he was black . . . that’s insane. This election was much bigger than any of that. ”

    While I agree this election was ‘much bigger than any of that’, many folks did indeed vote for B.O. just because he is black – and they proudly admit it. They bought – hook, line, and sinker – the whole ‘change’ thing without giving a thought about his beliefs or ideals.

    He’s black and he wants to ‘change’ things, that’s all many cared about. They can’t tell you to this day what that ‘change’ is. I’m not sure if even B.O. knows. He never detailed his idea of ‘change’ during his entire campaign.

  7. Mike the Eyeguy

    Oy vey…

    You’re wandering into some tricky waters, cg. Let it go, man.

  8. Laurie

    I hope he does reach across the aisle, though he has never done so before and really has no reason to with a Democratic majority in the house and senate.

    Although this viewpoint has been promoted by a lot of conservatives news and blog sites, it is untrue. A few weeks before the election one of the major newspapers (sorry, can’t remember which one) did an interesting article describing Obama’s growth in the Illinois legislature. He went in as a starry-eyed Harvard guy and got shot down by both sides. He learned from the experience, and by the end of this time there his work was all about, “what do we need to do to get the job done and the legislation passed?” and this specifically included bipartisanship. Additionally, he was described by a very conservative fellow Harvard law school alum as very willing to work with the other side — ultra-liberals actually considered him too willing to cross lines.

    I’ve been disturbed over the past couple of days to see how many people seem willing to jettison the USA altogether rather than to work with the man to take this country back to its previous glory — people who would actually love to see the US in another Great Depression if only it would get Republians back into government. That kind of rabid partisanship is what got us into this mess to begin with.

    Believe it or not, we Democrats are also worried about absolute power corrupting absolutely, particularly in the House and Senate. We remember back to what it was like in the early Clinton years when Democrats controlled Congress. And we remember even more clearly that Tom DeLay wanted to use his power to create a permanent Republican majority by denying lobbyist access to any company or lobbyist which also supported Democrats. He wanted the US Congress to be powered by Republicans fueled by lobbying money.

    We all know that this didn’t work out so well. (Jack Abramoff, anyone?)

    Democrats could do that now. I hope and pray that they won’t — that they will realize that this is a historic moment and they need to rise above and move beyond to do what’s right for America. All of America.

    After this election I’m hopeful, and a little fearful. And I also stand with the rest of the world in being fiercely proud of my country for making history.

  9. Laurie

    Wow. that was long. Sorry!

  10. Mike the Eyeguy

    I hope the Republicans come back strong with some good ideas and reach out to more than just white, predominantly southern, evangelical Christians (not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that). I like to see the synergy that is created from constructive competition, i.e. “iron sharpening iron” (see Clinton and the Republican House from 1994-1997).

    The Republicans have lost the youth vote and college grads, especially those with advanced degrees, are abandoning them in droves. Palin-style, Joe Sixpack anti-intellectualism is not the answer.

    Speaking of which, stand back and watch Sarah Palin get thrown under the Straight Talk Express and run over a few times over in the days and weeks ahead (it’s already happening). It’s not going to be pretty.

    Palin is not the answer. Bobby Jindal is. The question is, will the GOP finally figure that out.

  11. cg

    ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.’
    Proverbs 27:17

    This has always been one of my favorite proverbs. I use it in my ID box on another CoC debate website. I think it sums up any honest christian debate.

    I like Bobby Jindal, and I agree he should be a future star in the GOP, but I don’t think Sarah Palin is going away anytime soon. I think her political career has just begun.

  12. Mike the Eyeguy

    Well, some kind of career has just begun, but I’m not sure what! Reality show maybe? 🙂

    Amen on Proverbs 27:17

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