Let me preface the following statements by admitting to be a strong advocate of the Republican Party during this last election. While disappointed about the final results, there are limits to expressing these feelings and emotions to the general public. Sadly, many people have crossed this line-on both sides.
While Facebook statuses are a marvelous way of letting people know the emotions and thoughts of their friends, it has been taken to the extreme. It now blasphemes, ridicules, belittles and annoys others. Why are Facebook wars necessary? Can these things not be civilly discussed in person?
I have many friends who voted for Obama. While we disagreed on many levels, we had several enlightening conversations without raising our voices or calling people names that cannot be repeated in front of Shawn Shannon.
Doing these things in private with trusted friends can be acceptable. However, the line is drawn when these opinions are made to purposefully ridicule and demean others in an attempt to prove oneself, or one’s opinions, better. If you cannot say it without yelling, can it really stand on its own?
The Racist Remarks
Why is it that race is still a factor when the truly important issues are in a person’s credentials, experience and moral issues? I have a problem with some of these qualifying factors, but race has no place in deciding this election. The only time it should come up is during an attempt to eliminate racist behaviors.
Race is a huge issue, but it is not a deciding factor. People should not cast racial judgments. Many racist jokes or slurs have been made, but it really only makes those people look like loud, pighe
aded jerks. On the flip side, many people voted solely on basis of the pigment of the candidates’ skin. While it makes history, it will make no other trivial difference. Racist issues still exist, but it is a dying factor that belongs to people who cannot think outside their little box.
Benefits to Cheer the Mournful
One of the amazing benefits of this election was that Obama is this nation’s first black president. This is a truly amazing feat, considering the segregation issues that were considered normal and acceptable less than a century ago.
Another important result was the rise in voting turn-outs across the nation. The final outcome of voters went from 55.3 percent in the 2004 election to 64.1 percent in the 2008 election.
While I actually like some of the words President Bush created, it irritated many. Now we won’t have to worry about listening to comedians mock the president’s latest verbal mishap. With Obama in office, the nation can also enjoy an eloquent State-of-the-Union Address each year he’s in office.
In conclusion, this is the fate the nation has. The people have voted, the ballots are in, the winner has been announced. Some mourn while others rejoice. We, as a nation, need to focus on what lies ahead, to be educated on what happens in D.C. and to pray for our country and our new leader.