Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The day after...

If there was ever a day to blog, this is one of them, the day after the 2008 presidential election...probably the single most important election in the history of my own life. I woke up yesterday with a feeling I only remember as a child, one who still believes in Santa...on Christmas morning. Not necessarily with the same excitement, but with the exact same anticipation. I voted and after felt a sense of satisfaction, a sense of freedom and perhaps even rebellion. Living in such a "blue" state, it's easy to feel like your vote doesn't count...and really, at the end of it all, it probably didn’t. But, still, I have the right.

So I voted and then had to run. I mean literally, I had to run. I came home and as fast as I could, grabbed my tennis shoes and I was out the door...alone with the pavement. I started wondering why I had abandoned what was probably one of my very first true loves...running. I remember the first time I ran a mile, I must have only been 10 or 11 years old at the time. But, it was satisfying and exhilarating...and also addicting. I started and just didn't stop...there were months on end where I didn't go through one day without running 4-5 miles. Today while I was running it dawned on me that the last time I ran 5 miles was Thanksgiving day 2005...I was newly pregnant with Anna and still feeling great, but wow, that was 3 years ago...had it really been that long? How did these years go by so fast? I physically struggled and pushed myself to just finish 2 yesterday. Although my weight, ironically after 2 children, is the same as my young 16 year old self, I'm definitely in the worst physical shape of my life. Although more difficult, it was still the all familiar release...and it felt good.


After I put the girls to bed last night, I sat down completely paralyzed in front of the television. I couldn't turn it off and felt like I just couldn't move, was this really happening? Was history in the making right in front of my very eyes? Was Obama really going to be in theWhite House for at least 4 years or maybe even 8? On one hand, I couldn't help but feel inspired and moved. Yesterday was truly monumental---the historical significance will rarely be paralleled, at least in my lifetime.


But yesterday was not a good day for the GOP and the conservative in me has to ask, do the Obama supporters really understand his economic plan? do they really trust his questionable relationships and financial supporters? Is he really going to go through with this socialist plan? As I watched minorities all across the country cry tears of joy, I also listened to their words. When asked why they wanted Obama to win, the answers ranged from "he's going to pay my mortgage and take care of me" to "i didn't think i'd ever see the day when another African American could be and would be elected president". So, it makes me wonder if they have chosen him for the right reasons and if they really understand. Because regardless of his skin color, he is a radical liberal who's plan mimics socialism, government control, anti-capitalism and discourages the American dream...everything that the USA was built upon! There will be no incentive to succeed, to do better, to work harder. Not everyone deserves the same thing...you have to earn what you gain...that's capitalism. What will happen to our economy if we turn away from this? I feel like those who are too successful will be punished while the complainers sit back with a 'life's not fair' entitled attitude. That scares me. At lunch yesterday an uninformed Obama supporter asked me why I would be scared if he was elected into office...she ignorantly asked me "because of his name"? please. Of course not...I told her because of his economic plan, questionable relationships, and approach to Iraq. She had no idea what I was talking about...I wanted to ask her if she had listened to anything he has said over the last year or if she had at the very least tuned in to the debates, but instead I walked away. I walked away knowing that we were in trouble. Are these the people that voted yesterday?
So my thoughts are that 50% of the Obama supporters have no idea what they are supporting. They think that he is going to take care of them, but they don't understand. They got caught up in the movement and instead of voting for the issues, voted socially to change history.

The other 50% I have to just trust. Those intelligent people that voted for Obama fully understanding his involvement, ideas, beliefs...understanding his approach to domestic as well as foreign affairs, how he will spend government dollars, and how he will manage our own personal bank accounts. I just have to trust that they are right...afterall, there must be millions of them! They must know? right? i hope so...

So today is a new day---the democrats changed history forever yesterday. As I said before, at least I feel inspired...how could you not be? But it's going to take a lot of convincing for me to come around to his plans for the economy and when it comes to foreign affairs and national security, I just pray he knows what he is doing.

On to other, cuter things! Below are some recent pics of the girls---to see more, check out the slideshow in the right column titled "October 2008". God bless the USA.














4 comments:

Kimmy said...

As I sat here and read this it brought tears to my eyes. I am really scared for our country. My gut feeling tells me that having Obama as President is only going to turn out bad. How can he accomplish all the things that he has promised? He can't. Mom and I talked about the results of the election today greatly and I just do not get it. I can not believe that anyone could vote for Obama. I can not believe he is our next President!

I am glad that you are inspired but I am not. I do not truly believe that the 50% of the Obama supporters are really understanding what his intentions are. Some of those people, that are in that 50%, are the ones that you can not even talk to about the issues. They can not even see the truth in the other side. As I walked around Walmart today shopping. I wondered how life as we know it now is going to change. I felt as if I was lost in a dark tunnel with out a light. I kept looking at people wondering, what they were thinking and if people out there knew what really they had just done.

I really do hope that you are right and that the 50% of hope that you are holding on to, comes through for all of us. Maybe tomorrow I will feel better and inspired. :) So as I read through the rest of your blog. I did end up crying. I miss you and my nieces. They are getting so big so fast and I am missing it all!!

Way to go on the run! I so want to get back into running also. It gives me a feeling like no other feeling. Like nothing can stop you and if you just push a little bit more.....anything is possible!!

As you said, "God Bless The USA"

I Love you!

debbie said...

You are right a bad day for the GOP but not for conservatives. If the state of california of all places and pass a bill that bans gay marriage then there are still good conservatives in this country. In several other state bills didn't pass for funding for alternative energy. We just need the right leader.

I appreciate the history that has been made I just hope that barrack understands that he has to do what is best for america.

Dawn said...

Your entry was great Kara! I do feel for the black younger population (even though Barrack is only 7% black), this was huge for them... but I feel worse for us and our country. The most comforting thing is to know that this is in God's control, and He takes care of those that follow His path! I agree with so much about what you said, and thanks for saying it!!!
The girls are simply adorable!!!!!!! So glad you started a blog... it is a great way to keep up isn't it?
Love and hugs,
Dawn

Kara said...

Dawn--it is and i started the blog after you asked me if we had one! We hope to see you at Thanksgiving!

Debbie--I know!! I actually heard that the republicans may be wrong...that Obama may end up being more conservative than we thought. I hope so!! That would be awesome...if he could be inspiring AND have solid domestic & foreign policies he will make history even more than he already has!!