I try not to veer away from RPGs that much here, but it’s my blog, so deal. I had to post to add my voice to all the people who are feeling joy at the election results and the hope that we might now have an opportunity to get our fine country off its current track and back onto a track to freedom, prosperity, and global leadership.
John McCain’s concession speech was one of the best crafted and delivered speeches of his campaign. It was gracious and wise (unlike many in the crowd). And then Obama’s speech was inspirational.
I’ve never voted Democratic before – and I’m old. I’ve been pretty conservative generally. In high school, our JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) gave me a joke award at an awards banquet entitled the “Jesse Helms Memorial Genghis Khan Was A Stinking Commie Liberal Pansy Award.” I liked Reagan. I’m a Christian. I’m upper middle class. Generally, I’m in the “other demographic.”
But I voted third party during the election for George W’s first term; I feel that having “dynasties” of presidents is somewhat antidemocratic (same reason I’d never vote for Hillary). I voted third party for his second term too, but that’s because we knew he sucked by then.
What I’ve seen out of the GOP for the last ten years – the contempt for human life, for individuals’ civil rights, for the Constitution, for ethical business, for fairness in politics – these aren’t my conservative values. And we need something, a real tectonic shift, to get our country back on track again. Where we don’t seriously debate if torture’s bad or not. Or whether cities should be able to exercise eminent domain to kick out homeowners to built a new Wal-Mart. I want habeus corpus, court orders to be required for wiretaps, and for anyone to have recourse to legal counsel. I want CEOs to stop running companies in the ground while they get their tens of millions of dollars in salary. I want the government to not blatantly lie to me. I don’t think these values are Republican or Democratic – I think they are the values of any patriot who loves the concepts America was built upon.
I hope and pray that Obama is the person to start that shift to get us back there. And I think he’s got a chance. If he gets enough people to unite and get off their asses, I think that these values – the values that most Americans hold, in my opinion – will come to the forefront and cut through the layers of garbage that have been heaped upon them. America can emerge again, and anyone who has that as their vision has a shot at making it happen.
Back to your regularly scheduled gaming…