Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's (Not) Over.

It's over, right?
It's over.

After how many months of campaigning, the night has come and gone. And it's over.

I know it's over, because 349 is greater than 270.

I know it's over, because while I had to spend last night in a bar, shooting bad darts and staring at CNN whenever it wasn't my turn, I stood in front of the TV on the wall and applauded when I saw the yellow check mark show up next to Barack Obama's photo.

I know it's over because when I came home and saw a replay of Obama's speech in Chicago's Grant Park, he has now been given the title of President-Elect. And his voice and his message and his presence, energized the crowd of nearly a quarter million strong.

November 4 is over.
Eight..long..years......are over.

But the hope...the change...the new day...
...have only just begun.

"Change will not come if we wait
for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek."
—President-Elect Barack Obama


  1. You know I'd much rather debate the fact the Y&T is totally underrated. That Lord Favre is totally overrated. The merits of a salary cap (and basement Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Oakland, etc.!!!) in Major League Baseball. The trading away of future first round picks in the NFL. The AD pushing Coach Fulmer out after 17 years that included 150 wins, 3 SEC titles and a national championship. Giving max contracts in the NBA. Playoffs in D1 football. Etc., etc., etc. versus politics.....(big Steven A Smith) HOWEVER.....

    What gets me is when people talk in absolutes as it pertains to politics. Dems are certain that things would be better if their guy got in. Repubs are certain their guy would've turned things around.

    I don't think it's that absolute. People I've discussed (read: argued) things with refuse to admit any fault with Obama.

    Does he lack international experience, heck yes. Does that scare me (it scares me as much as Gore's "World Community"'s that working out?)? Hell yes.

    And just because CBS, NBC & ABC refused to report it, Obama did keep (maybe still keeps?) some shady company. How are those influences going to effect him the next four years?

    I'm just saying there's faults on both sides, and it'd be nice if both sides could admit that.

    But now that your guy is in there it's time to put up. I'll eat crow if he turns this economy around, deals with all of our good friends (read: sarcasm) in the Middle East and makes a dent in our dependence on foreign oil. I just wonder of Dems will do the same if we're in the same spot or worse as these four years go by?

    But that being said, i equate this to the on going war in the Middle East. You may not have been in favor of it, but guess what, it's here, we're in it, it's our country and you'd better support our troops until someone comes up with a better plan.

    I didn't vote for Obama, but guess what, he's in there now and I'll give it a go instead of pissing & moaning about it.

    I mean, I'm not moving to Russia. I'm not moving to Russian am I? No, no I'm not moving to Russia.

    Besides, four years isn't that far away. And since Arnold can't become Prez or even VP, I'm getting out ahead of things with my support for Nugent/Norris in 2012!!!

  2. You make some good points, TheKid. And I don't think I have a problem admitting there are faults on both sides. I mean...they're politicians. And politics is ugly, and dishonest, no matter who your favorite candidate is, or who you despise.

    It just so happens that in this election, the guy that I most wanted to sit in the Oval Office got the most votes. And for that, I'm thrilled.

    Will he keep all of his promises and immediately turn the U.S. into some shiny happy place where money grows on trees? Doubtful.

    Will we turn into a socialist society, as all of his haters are bellowing now that he's President-Elect? Um...doubtful!

    The left has just always been where I felt, and feel, most comfortable.

    And while McCain is a great American hero, he changed from the maverick in April who vowed to run a respectful campaign, to a bitter, cranky, desperate old man who ran anything but a respectful campaign as he saw his last chance at the White House slipping away.

    And then in his concession speech on Tuesday night, he flipped the switch back to gracious and respectable.

    And if I get started on Sarah Palin, I'll never stop. Suffice it to say that if she's got designs on Twenty-Twelve, she's got a lotta learnin' to do in the next couple years.

    Little things, like the fact that Africa is a continent.

    I better be finished.

  3. Agreed.

    I wouldn't mind getting started on Sarah Palin.......Ohhhhhhhhhh, Thank you ladies and gentlemen, i'll be here all week.