The 2008 Presidential election is behind us, but the repercussions of the vote are yet to begin. Whether you supported Barack Obama, John McCain, or one of the many third party candidates (or no one at all — and shame on you if that’s the case), we all have to live with the repercussions of this week’s election.
I am an Army Veteran from the first Gulf War era, and have always had an interest in politics. Senator John McCain made a political junkie out of me. For the first time in my life I found myself blogging daily in support of John McCain and exposing the liberal and socialist leanings, the lies, and the complete lack of experience of his opponent. For the first time in my life, I found myself volunteering to make phone calls for a political candidate. I made calls from the Indiana Republican Party Headquarters in Indianapolis, from the Marion County Victory Center, and even from my own home office on election day.
I became a political junkie for John McCain because he has been the only true American hero to run for the office of President in my lifetime (I’m a huge fan of Ronald Reagan, but he wasn’t the kind of hero that John McCain is). John McCain endured things in Vietnam that very few Americans have ever had to endure. John McCain has given his country a lifetime of service, with never a complaint.
John McCain made me a political junkie because he gave me something to believe in for the future of America (I should say that I believe in twenty years time history will consider George W. Bush to have been one of our better Presidents) at a time when most people claim to have lost faith in our government.
John McCain made me a political junkie because he has always had the courage to stand up for his convictions, regardless of popular opinion, often to the possible detriment of his political career. He has stood up to Democrats, he has stood up to Republicans, and he has never allowed political expediency or political correctness to determine what course of action he should take on any issue. He has been his own man, and he has been America’s man.
John McCain made me such a political junkie that for the first time in my life I found myself and my family standing for five hours on an airport tarmac waiting for a political candidate to arrive and repeat the same talking points that had been played out on TV for the past week. And it was an incredible campaign rally, with a throng of devoted supporters cheering for their candidate — devoted supporters who have a passion for their country and knew that their candidate was the best man to lead the country they love.
The election is now over, and I believe dark days may lie ahead. I have no confidence that our next President can execute the duties of his office efficiently and effectively. And I have already seen the comments of many bloggers — those even who were writing pro-McCain posts during the election — attack this American hero, blaming him for losing the election, for making stupid choices, for not attacking his opponent strongly enough.
I am embarrassed and ashamed for the conduct of those who would so quickly turn their back on this candidate, this great American who has never turned his back on them. This American hero who has suffered great pains and inconvenience for the country that he loves deserves much better than the type of treatment I have heard today from some of his so-called supporters.
Barack Obama did not win this election. Barack Obama’s supporters won this election. Organizations like ACORN and MoveOn.org won this election through their get out the vote efforts — whether legitimate or fraudulent. The mainstream media won this election through their lopsided coverage of the issues, their willingness to overlook the sins of their chosen candidate while raking the reputations of John McCain and his running mate over the coals. Barack Obama did not win this election.
John McCain did not lose this election. John McCain fought an incredible fight, never resting, never backing down from the liberal attack dogs of the Obama campaign and the mainstream media. John McCain did not lose this election. The Republican party lost this election. Those who failed to support John McCain lost this election. Those who chose to support him only with their vote lost this election. Those who found themselves too busy to make phone calls, knock on doors, talk to their friends and families about the issues and the candidates, and even too busy to get out and vote — those are the people who lost this election. Evangelical Christians on the national scene who came out in force in 2004 to defend President Bush against John Kerry but failed to do the same for John McCain when the threat of the socialist agenda of Barack Obama was so much greater than any perceived threat from John Kerry — Evangelicals like Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council — they lost this election. John McCain did not lose this election.
The repercussions of this election could ripple for decades. The Republican Party must act now to bring a balance of power back to America. We can no longer sit back and wait for things to happen while liberals make more noise than us, support their candidates more publicly than us, and sweep the elections while we stand in the wings. We as a party must organize, mobilize, and vocalize if we are to have any hope of returning this country to the course our founding fathers intended. It could take decades for us to reverse the damage likely to be caused by the liberal government that will be ruling in Washington come January. We cannot sit back and do nothing any longer.
Thank You, John McCain! Thank You for your lifetime of courageous service in the face of diversity! Thank You for your willingness to go up against the liberal marketing machine of Barack Obama when no one else had the stamina to do so! Thank You for making me a political junkie, for mobilizing me, and for vocalizing me in support of a candidate that I truly believed in (and still believe in)!
Looking forward to 2010, we must prepare now to retake control of Congress, and set our sights on the White House in 2012. For now, I will be taking a brief break from politics. For the remainder of November, I will not be making frequent posts of a political nature here. I hope to pour my energy and efforts into my National Novel Writing Month project.
But I’ll be watching, and I’ll be back, and I hope I can count on you to vocalize with me against the liberal social agenda that threatens to run this great country down a course that it may require decades to return from.
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