the morning after

Ten thoughts on yesterday’s election:

1. How long until the Billy Graham Association relists Mormonism as a cult, and a particularly disappointing one?

2. I wonder who is feeling more relieved today, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

3. President Obama’s main argument for reelection was that he was not Mitt Romney. He succeeded in disqualifying his opponent, but now what? If he governs on the platform he ran on, is he going to govern as “not Romney” for four years?

4. I don’t intend this to take away from either of Obama’s victory, but it’s true that both times he ran against candidates that the Republican base didn’t particularly like. Obama’s victories may have been even larger if the Republicans had fielded a “true conservative,” but it is interesting that both of Obama’s victories came against candidates who couldn’t rally their own bases. I guess that does detract from his wins, but I didn’t mean it that way.

5. I suspect that most people this year voted what they were against rather than what they were for. Republicans voted against Obama rather than for Romney, and Democrats did the same but in reverse.

6. I don’t think either candidate ever leveled with the American people about the reality of our situation and the sacrifices that must be made. Often I wished they would treat us as adults rather than condescend to us as kids, but in retrospect they’re probably right. If you want any chance of being president you’d better pretend you’re Santa Claus.

7. As many others have noted, it’s astounding that the people reelected the same president and congress that they so vigorously dislike. How can we be so unhappy with the present stalemate in Washington and then vote for more of it?

8. The direction of the country seems to be moving against the values of evangelical Christians (note yesterday’s wins for gay marriage in states such as Minnesota, the Obama’s administration’s attack on the religious liberties of employers, and the widespread belief that Christians are extreme when it comes to abortion). We may no longer have the majority support for many of our values, and the next few years may be very interesting for the church.

9. If you’re a white man and someone asks you about rape, the right and only answer you should give is it’s an abomination. End of story.

10. Get ready for 2016, when Hillary returns. Bill owes her (remember Monica?) and Barack owes Bill (see his speech at the DNC). No one on the Democratic side would have a chance against her. Let’s hope for Republicans’ sake that they also find a way to nominate someone they believe in who might also appeal to the majority of Americans. If Jeb Bush changes his name, he might work.

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  1. Two things:
    1) In re: Jeb Bush, you know the GOP hasn’t won a presidential election since 1928 without a Bush or Nixon on the ticket. Perhaps he shouldn’t change his name.
    2) I thought of you yesterday when Ohio pushed the President over the top. At long last…Ohio won something!

  2. In regards to #10, I have always felt that for Hillary to have a chance at winning she would need Obama to win again. Hillary needs Obama to win so he can ease the American people into accepting her extreme views. That’s my opinion.

  3. Thanks, Pete. I thought of you when the Cardinals were choking away their series lead to the Giants. Guess this makes us even?

  4. What’s wrong with the name “Jeb”? : )

  5. Mike – I’m not sure that makes us even. Everyone knows baseball is far more important than a silly little election. But it is good to know you were thinking of me!

  6. You’re right about all but certainly about #8 in particular. We must avoid the temptation to lean liberal theologically and be prepared to face the hardship when we don’t.

  7. I think we (conservatives) are pretty much finished. The left pumps out millions of little socialists each year from the public school system and the unions are their ATM.

    Many of us older conservatives are dying out.

    People used to become more conservative as they got older (some still do) but the left has done a fabulous job of demonizing Republicans that if they ran a guy named Hitler against any Republican…the outcome would be in doubt.

  8. What is needed are traditional conservatives representing the people, not more Neocons. What is a traditional conservative? Read the likes of Edmund Burke, Thomas Jefferson, John Randolph, John Taylor, Russel Kirk, and Richard Weaver for the answer. If you want a thirty thousand foot flyover, pick up a copy of Rod Dreher’s, Crunchy Con.

    For those who typically vote “R” on any given election day, please give it some serious thought as to what it truly means to be conservative, and the next time you have the opportunity to participate in representative government, vote on true conservative principles and not out of fear (or against) of the other candidate.

    It is saddening to see that what was once the “conservative” party has been high-jacked by a very large group of individuals who hold little in common with those who defended republican principles in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Let’s work to reclaim those principles and I believe we can once again win elections and it won’t matter your ethnicity or sex. It’s not that we need to remodel the Republican Party; we need to reclaim our heritage of what it means to be republican.

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