Horray for America! (But Not for Arkansas!)

I voted for John McCain yesterday, but he never really was my candidate. It took me a long time to decide to vote for him. And I’m not devastated that he lost. It has been interesting to hear the commentary about his concession speech. Some people today at work were talking about how terrible it was that President-elect Obama got booed at McCain’s rally last night. Have they never watched an election concession speech before? And it’s been amusing listening to all the media types say that if McCain had campaigned like he spoke last night, he might have had a better chance. I remember them saying that about Senator Kerry and Vice President Gore and Senator Dole … doesn’t anyone in the media have something original to say?

I didn’t vote for him, but I’m not sad that Barack Obama won. In fact, I think it’s pretty wonderful for our country. I remember that when I was a young teenager first getting interested in politics, it seemed like people were always talking about whether we would elect an African-American or a woman as president. I always thought we would, and the whole discussion seemed silly to me. I’m thrilled to see us do it.

On Friday I asked an African-American friend of mine – with a mischievous twinkle in my eye – if he was going to riot in the streets if Obama lost. He laughed and launched into a tirade about Senator McCain that made me laugh. Today, I asked him if he was giddy. He was. Then he looked around, leaned in, and said, “Robb, you’re probably the only person I could say this to. I’m really happy Obama won, but I’m a little bit nervous he might be the antiChrist.” We both laughed again.

I’ve got a lot of differences with President-elect Obama, and ultimately I didn’t vote for him because of those issues. However, I don’t know how he will govern. I hope it is from the center, but only time will tell. For right now, I’m really happy for his supporters, and I wish him the best. I’ll be praying for him!

I’m less excited about the wins of Democrats in the House and Senate. I’m one of those people who likes gridlock. I like it better when the government can’t get anything done. It keeps them from messing things up. With that in mind, the prospect of Al Franken going to the Senate turns my stomach. I really hope Norm Coleman can hold on during the recount!

From what I can find online, it looks like my friend Brandy lost her race for city clerk by 23 votes. That sucks. If I lived in her city, I would have voted for her and tried to find 23 friends to join me! I hope she keeps at it!

I am most disappointed this election cycle with one of the things the people of Arkansas have done. Yesterday, our state approved a measure that would deny unmarried cohabiting adults the opportunity to be foster and adoptive parents. This measure was aimed at keeping gay and lesbian couples from bringing children into their homes. As I’ve posted before, I think it is horrible. It seems to me when we put our ideology ahead of meeting real needs, we make a tragic mistake.

Which is worse – a gay couple adopting a child and raising him or her in their home or that child bouncing from foster home to foster home and group home to group home without anyone to provide consistent and life-long support, encouragement, and love? I think what we have done to children in Arkansas is unjust and unfair!

I would have liked to stand at the polling place yesterday handing out foster parent applications to all the people who voted for this measure. Until their willing to open their homes to the 18,000 foster kids in Arkansas, I don’t think they’ve got much credibility to judge those who are willing to.


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