On November 4th of 2008 I wrote this:
I may be unpopular in my choice for president, but the one I voted
for did not win. I'm not sad or mad about it. I am a little worried
about our future. Maybe I shouldn't be. Obviously a lot of people have
high faith in Obama and his hopes for our country.
more positive note, I am very happy for him. I hope that he will take
our country in a new direction for the better. I have prayed about this
and I never once prayed that McCain would win. I prayed that the best
person for the job would win. In this case I hope that Obama is that
I will be praying that he will be blessed as
well as his family. I'm going to support him as a president. To be
completely honest, I wouldn't have been completely thrilled with
McCain/Palin. I would love a pleasant surprise as to how the next four
years will turn out.
Tonight I am listening to the election coverage and actually hoping that Obama will win. To say that in this platform, so publicly, is not an easy choice for me, being that the people I love the most are hoping for the opposite outcome. I really hope politics will not polarize me from the people I love and respect. Over the past four years I have come to strongly regret my straight party vote from the last election. That was the first, and may or may not be the last time, I will choose Republican.
I have read (via social media) and heard so much of why people think I would vote for Obama. (when I use I, I assume they are thinking of me figuratively, not personally.) I must not work, because there are so many insinuations that people who support Obama don't. I must receive "hand-outs" or want them. I must not believe in God. I most likely support abortion.
Oddly, I am employed full-time. I have never received help from the government, other than a Pell Grant for college tuition. I don't expect or want anything without working for it. I do believe in God. I also believe that God is benevolent and would be proud of us as a nation if we stopped worrying about our own personal bottom line and instead thought about the bottom line of EVERYONE as a unit OF ONE. I support Planned Parenthood because I believe that they prevent more abortions than they perform. Personally, abortion would not be a choice I could make for myself, (Thanks to Planned Parenthood I was never in that situation.) but as much as I believe that choice is not right for me, at least I can make that choice for myself. I would never judge someone for making a different decision about their own body. I would judge a man for trying to make it for me though.As well as believing in God I believe in equal rights for ALL. Black, white, Mexican, Asian, Indian, woman, man straight, gay, atheist, christian, mentally ill, poor, rich. I don't care how you are defined. If you aren't hurting anyone I think you should have the same rights as me. I think Jesus would have felt the same way about things.
Before I read my post from 2008, I said a prayer, exactly as I had four years ago. I prayed that God would bring us to the president that would be best for this country. Do you know how hard it is to not pray for who you think is the best man for the job to win? As hard as it was to take my self out of the prayer, I did. I want what is best. If what is best does not coincide with what I want, I will swallow it, just like I did four years ago. I do thank God though, right now as I type. What I thought would be so horrible has not been. My doubts and fears have subsided. I have had many low points when I have thought about the state of our nation since then, during President Obama's term. Honestly I would say he did much better than I thought he would. I think he should have and could have done better. I wish all of our elected officials could come together for the collective good. If he wins again I sincerely hope that our government will do a better of job of working together instead of fighting one another.
All I can think is this: Bush got his second chance.