Proud/concerned of/with my country …

As we stand at the dawn of a new day here in the United States of America, like many others, I am overjoyed.

For the first time in my adult life, I have supported a presidential candidate who has won the right and responsibility to serve as commander in chief of my country.

However, the fact that I am one of the more than 62 million people who voted for Sen. Obama is not the foremost on my mind. I am wondering about the 55 million people who voted against him.

Let’s not delude ourselves here, this is not a mandate.

Four years ago, with 51 percent of the popular vote, George W. Bush claimed a “mandate” to return to the White House. However, 49 percent of the country thought his moronic, warlike and dangerous policies would lead this country into ruin. By some accounts (quagmires in Iraq and the largely ignored Afghanistan, an economy foundering on the rocks and the loss of the respect of allies worldwide) Bush accomplished this.

Now, I don’t believe for a second that Obama’s policies would be anywhere near as disastrous as Bush’s, even if they fail or meet resistance. Even if socialism were really his aim, I have never heard a cogent explanation from the opposition of why this would be a bad thing in America. The theory was based on a country with our economic base, and frankly to whom much is given, much is expected. Pardon me if I don’t shed one bloody tear for people pulling down more than 250 grand a year. Get over it, you can spend some money so underprivileged kids can have health care and better educations.

But it still concerns me that 55 million people think that race-bating, guilt by association with the name Hussein or the word socialist are valid issues in a campaign.

Wedge issues are still out there, even in this first “post-racial” election.

The Dems have got their work cut out for them, and Obama still has to prove himself to be who 52 percent of voters know him to be.

America is still a rough room for Obama, but I find it encouraging that half that room gave him a standing ovation last night.


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