Buddy looks how I felt last night. Pensive is the word, I think, and slightly out of focus. I was so relieved Tuesday night when it was announced that Obama was elected our new president. I’d had a knot in the pit of my stomach, for about a week actually, thinking about what a McCain/Palin win might mean for our country. Yesterday that knot was fading away with the promise of the change to come.
I was reading the comments and posts on the different blogs that I go to and on the news articles that I was also reading. Everyone was ecstatic about the outcome, full of hope for the future of our country, ready to roll their sleeves up and get to work. I had tears of joy and pride in our country again.
Then I went to a new blog that I hadn’t been to before. They weren’t happy. They were very disappointed and disagreed with Obama on issues of morality and values (although they weren’t specific on what exactly they disagreed). Wow. I felt like I’d been hit in the stomach and that knot was immediately back. There were tears again, but tears of disappointment that someone could see the same man that I do and see him in such a different light. I was baffled. I read the comments, hoping to see disagreement. I did. One person. The rest were in agreement. One person thought that “…the world is becoming completely void of morals…” Why? Because Obama was elected president? Others were scared and I can relate to that – I was scared of McCain/Palin winning. Fair enough. Another person mentioned getting him out in four years. He hasn’t even taken office yet! Give him a chance first before you start talking about getting rid of him!
I just wish I could understand what they are thinking when they bring out the morality and values issue. When I see Obama I see a man who is obviously in love with his wife and who loves his children. I see a man who wants to protect the rights of women to choose, who have been raped or molested or whose life is in jeopardy, something McCain wants to strip away.
Obama wants to invest in early childhood education and wants to reform No Child Left Behind. He wants to invest in new sources of energy to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. He want to provide accessible and affordable medical coverage for everyone and in doing so will reduce costs for everyone. He wants to find a way to bring home our men and women serving in Iraq, sooner rather than later. He wants to protect Social Security for the current and next generation, for which my mother and I are grateful. I could go on, but I won’t.
I don’t know about you, but I see values in these issues. I see morality. I see a good man who wants to see good things happen to our country. I see a thoughtful man who will think things through before reacting. I see a man that can bring about change and bring back the respect from our allies and the rest of the world.
Yes, he can. Yes, we can.
(This is the third installment of November in black and white – a challenge at Springtree Road to post November photos in…black and white – click here for more info.)