Monday, November 10, 2008

In Which the Geek Gets All Political

For those of you who know me, you knew this post was coming.  

You might want to click away now.

Now that the silly season of elections is over and done (Both Here and There) and the abject silliness follow-up is basically over I have a few observations.

God does not belong to a political party.

Just because the other guy got in does not mean that this is God's judgement on America. 

The only infallible document in the whole world is the Bible.  The Constitution?  It's not perfect.  The world will not stop spinning if it changes a little bit.

Obama's victory will not solve the credit crisis, bring about world peace or end poverty.

Many people who voted for prop 8 did so not out of hate but out a deep belief in the teachings of the Bible.

Most opponents of Prop 8 simply want equal rights for everyone.  They are not looking to destroy the family as we know it.

Talking with someone who has a different perspective than you does not turn into a follower of said person.  It may actually be good for you.

While it is NOT the best to vote for someone because of the colour of their skin, there were people who did that on both sides of the election this time.  The African Americans I can understand a little bit more.  For two years I taught with a group of African American women.  It was stone cold sobering to hear them discuss being denied entrance to a restaurant as kids because of the colour of their skin.  I was blessed to stand beside them at the birthplace of Martin Luther King and cry together.  They have grown up with the stories of not being able to vote, they themselves have lived with and fought against discrimination that I as a white Canadian can't even imagine, I can understand why they might vote simply based on colour.  I hope that all votes for Obama were more informed than that, but I do understand if some were not.

Not everyone who voted for Obama is a ignorant first time voter who got sucked in by the mainstream media.

Not everyone who voted for McCain is a backward redneck who wants to trample on the rights of the little guy.


a Tonggu Momma said...

Amen. Just amen.

Lady Why said...

Happygeek getting all political! I'm impressed!!

Now for the dissenting opinion... like you don't already know what I'm going to say. :-)

The Constitution is not perfect but it is the foundation of our country. I am wondering how Barack Obama is going to stand before his nation with his hand on a Bible and say, "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution doesn't seem to be something that 'jives' with his agenda. Just an observation. :-)

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Debbie said...

I think you should be in charge! That's the most level headed thing I have heard in months.

Jessica said...

I totally agree with you. We all need to be able to search-out our own political beliefs, and respect those who differ from us. Great post, and great post-election summary!

Janet said...

Speak it, sister. :-)

Knittinchick said...

I knew there was a reason that we are cousins! So agree with you... I will actively vote, be engaged in social issues instead of just talking about them and not sit on the sidelines... but this world will never be the place where I put my hope.

I think that the hardest part about being a person of faith who thinks deeply (or tries to...) is that there is always being torn between differing view... good thing it never gets boring!

LisAway said...

I totally subscribe to your kind of politics.

Right on.