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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Yes we did!

Forty-four years ago, a senator from Arizona lost an election -- but ushered in a new political era.

Tonight, another senator from Arizona lost an election and may have ushered in a new era too.

There are not enough superlatives to describe President-elect Barack Obama's victory. There is the obvious -- the first African-American to ever be elected to the nation's highest office -- 43 years after a Democratic Congress and President Lyndon Johnson engineered the Voting Rights Act that ensured African-Americans could actually vote.

Johnson -- who had overwhelmingly defeated Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater -- proclaimed that by his actions Democrats would have lost the South for a generation. Well make that two. And despite some cracks in the solid South, today's results suggest there are still issues.

The same holds true for the "heartland" -- the swath of red states that encompasses the nation's bread basket.

But the fact that Obama was able to pick off some of those states -- Virginia at the moment with the potential for more -- speaks to his potential to rewrite the rules and change the vicious tone that has marked far too much of the "conservative" rule.

The repudiation of George Walker Bush -- a faux conservative who thought swagger translated into authority -- should send thoughtful Americans of all political persuasions into thoughtful conversations about how we can work together instead of fight apart.

Obama has the tools to help us make this transition. It will not be an easy task -- the sniping of The Dittoheads will begin almost immediately.

But the future of this nation requires us to shun the noxious message they have peddled for too long.

I am not willing to give up my beliefs after enduring the sneers offered for people who think like that. But I'm willing to reach across the divide and try to heal the wounds. Join me.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful moment for America! What a lovely thing to see after the pain of the sixties.The last eight years show the sharp contrast of what we do not want!
This man has had such incredible strength and has the gift of oratory so that even tonight he is humble, gracious, intelligent and idealistic.
I enjoyed the way the President-Elect communicated directly with me and his wife as well. CNN is putting the loser on the air more than Barack Obama. They use words that are more divisive without regard for the ramifications of their inflammatory views. Even in the hot moment of victory the news station cannot celebrate the LANDSLIDE victory we are enjoying tonight. But Barack not only welcomes all but states that he "needs" them. He truly seeks unification of the states because this is his moment of triumph and he uses it to lift all of us up a little bit higher and to aspire to become the best again.

November 05, 2008 1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad how many people believe our economic system works from the bottom up. I know of no poor man who is hiring, I know of no poor man who is giving. I do know those who have, who are now planning on laying off, I do know those who have, who are not spending, and those who are keeping there money and not giving as much, if at all. Many of the charities that I'm familiar with are run by big hearted liberal causes, but they call on there rich friends to assist financially to those cause. Well guess what happens when you increase that rich persons taxes 5%. His giving and investing goes down by 5%. Other times, it means the boss has to cover his tax bill instead of payroll. Guess who gets laid off? The person who voted for all federally funded benifits to come to them. So now they require more goverement assistance as they stand in an unemployement line. The Democrats now have you locked in to there way of thinking. Tax the rich guy and give a continued helping hand to the poor. I tried to keep this short note simple so that all the democrat's reading can understand why there boss hands them a pink slip, or why in 4 years there not rich yet. Getting rich is all about hard disciplined work, not by getting anything for nothing or from our government.

November 05, 2008 1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are a country that wanted change. Well everyone turn in your personal firearms and all your paycheck cause change has come.

November 05, 2008 3:32 AM  
Anonymous Steven Robinson said...

Wow!! Really fokes!! You have got to be kidding me… Yea you really did it all right!! Take out the race issue, take out the male or female issue and what do you have?? The real issues… Obama is against you having guns in your homes or on yourself to protect yourself… Oh I can hear them already… That’s what the police are for!! BS!! They are so overwhelmed and understaffed and underpaid do you really think a criminal is going to stop now that Obama is in office?? He has already said he wants to change the United States Constitution!?!? WTF? Yea change it so we lose our freedoms, our rights as United States Citizens!! He is againt drilling for oil here in our own backyard… what does that leave us??? OPEC a legal terrorist group that controls our oil prices which controls your gas prices… Quit trying to blame Exxon, Mobile and Shell… they dont set the price of a barrel of oil fokes… OPEC does by how much the foreign countries pump for us to use!! Sounds good so far don’t it?!?! Whats up with taking from the rich and giving to the poor?? Did the rich steal their money? Noooo! Did they rob someone for crack? Noooo! They mostly worked for it!! Yea, WORK! Oh hell a four letter word that the scum dont want to hear! Give it to me free since I live in America right??? Screw you, get off your lazy buts and work for it like everyone else!! White, Black, Brown, Tan, whatever… we all have our lazy ones that expect it to be handed to them… Those are the ones who have voted for Obama and thinking that he is the Coming of the LORD with all this crying BS. Give me a break! He cant do anything… It Congress that has the power to do things… Wake up fokes we are all fixing to go down a path that we didnt want and I for one will not give up my guns, my rights or my freedoms… GIVE ME FREEDOM OR GIVE ME DEATH!!! Do some reading on who you vote for before you vote… MORONS!!!

November 05, 2008 3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He must first provide a valid birth certificate in a number of states before he will get the votes in the Electoral College. There are just too many lawsuits for Obama's lawyers to ignore. If he indeed was born in Kenya as his paternal grand-mother claims he will be ineligible to become President.

November 05, 2008 5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, we wait to see what policies will be emplaced and what the outcome will be. Only 55 million voters are worried. The other 62 million are very hopeful.

November 05, 2008 5:25 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Off to fina start I see.

November 05, 2008 5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be alert citizens.
Beware of liberal ideals that may well turn the United States of America into the United Social State of America. USSA!

November 05, 2008 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has a really hard job. We need to wish him well and hope that he has the political sophistication to govern as well as he campaigned. Also, he needs to remember, ofter these heady days pass, that he does not have a mandate for all of specific policy proposals, but rather a majority of people who think he has the ability to bring us together.

November 05, 2008 6:32 AM  
Blogger j39jones said...

A few facts to settle the doubts and fears of a few of the negative posters here. First of all, I have researched via Truth in Information act and found President-elect Obama's (boy, that feels fantastic to write!) certified birth certificate in the National Database!! He was born in Hawaii, no doubt about it. This is a certified site, not a blog, post, group, whatever.
Next, he is NOT against guns in our homes (I personally wish he were), he has no intention of changing the Constitution-which is really funny considering we have had a president who trampled on it, ignored it, and overrode it in every possible way. Also, he is not against offshore drilling. He just believes, as do several throughout this great country that we need to not depend only on the oil in our country, but wants to delve deeper into alternative fuel sources like air, solar, biofuel, etc. I see nothing wrong with that at all.
I am not a "liberal" which so many people seem to use as a curse word but I do love my country and want to see her become the great wonderful country she used to be.

November 05, 2008 6:38 AM  
Anonymous Michelle R said...

I feel that we have come a long way far the old days. I please to say that Brarck Obama has won. I know that he is the right man for the job. I feel that he is going to do everything in his power to make sure we as people in the United States of America. We have made to right choses in making sure the person that was going to take over the White House had to make a inpacked. YES we have a black president that has just made history. I'm just so that, I was there to watch it happpen. It was time for a change and. I know that is going to happen now that we have Barack Obama as our president. I know that he will do everything in his power to make sure that what he said get done. I know that whatever happen's it going to make us pleased with change that we have made. I feel like this life is all wha you make of it. I know that you should live life to the fullest and that what Obama had to do over John McCain. The best man win tonight and that go's without even saying anything else. I 'm so happy and proud that we made a vote for change.

November 05, 2008 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, j39jones. As I was reading down to your comment I was sickened by the ignorance that still permeates our country. I began formulating a response in my mind and then got to your comment. Thank you again

November 05, 2008 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing that I don't understand is why everyone thinks this is a positive change?

Our Congressional "Leaders" have been introducing and enacting the laws that govern our country today, playing an enormous part in our current situation.

All we have done is give more power to those who have had the responsibility to prevent from happening the economic and political issues we have today, but failed totally.

November 05, 2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Proud Texan said...

One thing is true, a lot of African Americans voted for Obama for one reason, HE IS BLACK. They didn't dive into the issues or even care about them at all. The fact that an Afican American was on the ticket was enough for them. Now it's funny to me that a man born of a WHITE MOTHER is going to be the first Afican American elected as president, not the first BI-RACIAL person to be elected as president, which is really what he is. I don't remember anyone wearing Bill Clinton t-shirts or Jimmy Carter T-shirts for god's sake. He is just another politician with empty promises that he cannot possibly keep. With that being said, I hope for all of our sakes that he was the right choice because hell's coming if he's not. I hope that he doesn't have terrorist ties and I hope he doesn't try to take my guns(good luck with that) and I hope he does the right thing with our troops, and PLEASE CAPTURE OSAMA BIN LADEN!!

November 05, 2008 1:44 PM  

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