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Thursday, September 04, 2008

A Glimmer of Hope

I don't often talk politics. In fact, I hate politics. However, as I've grown older over the years, my love for my country and my concern for the future of my country has deepened and matured. I'm sure my longing for a great future for my children has played heavily into this.

I have had a sick, sick feeling in my gut for months as I've watched the presidential election unfold. In fact, I've never despaired and feared for my future, my children's future, and the future of America as much as I have during this period of political chaos.

When most concerns me, is that when politics come up in my random discussions with young people in the range of 18-25 years of age, they unanimously and blindly support Obama. A gentle exploration into their reasons for supporting Obama is frightening. They say things like, "I don't want some 'old guy' running our country," "Obama supports legalizing marijuana," "Obama wants to end the war," and similar sentiments that are so vague and uninformed. It amazes me how many people are mesmerized by smooth talk and "stuff" that apparently sounds good at first blush. Dear God, help our country!

I don't want any more of my rights and freedoms in this great country taken away from me. I want a country in which I have the right to decide what the best way is to educate my children. I want a country in which I have the right to quality health care. I want a country in which I am free to build a business or a career and reap the financial rewards of my blood, sweat, and tears. I don't want to live in a country where Big Brother reigns and my rights and freedoms dwindle. Lately, I have feared that my own idea of the "American Dream" is a long lost ideal.

Throughout the recent politicl turmoil, there was no doubt that McCain would get my vote, though it was not because I was super excited about what he would do for our country. It was more about NOT casting my vote for Obama, for whom I have zero respect. The more Obama talks, and the longer the craziness of the presedential politics rages, the greater and greater my disdain for him grows.

And yet, something stirred inside me this past week with McCain's selection of Palin for his running mate and her speech that followed. I immediately respected her character, admired her poise and her authenticity. I watched her entire speech with a growing hope. I stayed up again last night watching McCain's speech, with that glimmer of hope growing.

For the first time during this political storm, the fear, despair, and sickness in the pit of my stomach are overshadowed with hope that despite the current state of our country, some good things can happen if McCain and Palin win the election.


CaraBee said...

I have a much lengthier response I would like to post to this, but let me just say in the interim: Amen, sister, a-men!

CaraBee said...

Alright, back from dinner. I could have written this post, word for word. Almost no one that I talk to can give me a viable reason for their support of Obama other than the ubiquitous "change" that his camp is pushing. Although I have yet to hear anything that really defines what this change is other than higher taxes. What seriously troubles me is that so many people are so shortsighted to think that the Robin Hood approach to taxation is good for our economy. Here are some numbers that are scary and only going to get scarier if Obama takes office:
In what world is it fair that those who bust their butts and succeed should be so heavily penalized. Like you, I saw the Obama train moving along and until Palin I was almost certain that he would win. But now I, like you, am hopeful again. I don't love McCain, but oh. my. god. Obama scares the bejeepers out of me.

MGM said...

CaraBee, thanks for your comment. I was certain that the first comment would be a flame. I totally agree with what you've said. Obama in charge of our country terrifies me, but not as much as how many supporters he has had scares me. I am absolutely baffled that so many WANT him in charge of our country! The Robin Hood approach does not work, and goes against what our country was founded on in the first place. Not to mention that I take an immediate dislike to any politician who is "slippery." I saw Obama sliding around like a wet fish from the first time I heard him speak, and saw how he was mysteriously mesmerizing the masses like the Antichrist himself.

smiles4u said...

I think there are a lot of us out here that feel the way you do, but don't express it as loudly as many that believe otherwise. I am not as politically involved and informed as I should be but my husband is very informed...and he has been saying for quite some time that he doesn't trust Obama at all and fears what will happen to our country if he gets into office. Yet he and I both struggle with McCain on some aspects. I think it's hard because so many people aren't informed and are just following blindly without knowing what they are following. Scarey!

Great post!

Aunt Pat said...

Very well stated.
I'm not big on politics, But I'm worried this year.