Well, here we are. I can’t say that I’m surprised. I figured that Obama would win back when he was still trying to gain the Democratic nomination away from Hillary. I think people that know me would have expected me to be disappointed but I was disappointed too long ago. As a conservative, I have been saddened by my party’s inability to pull through in a time of need and that this was the best candidate that they could drum up. I feel that the Bush administration has done too little to help us in these dark days and I know I’m not alone (obviously). I’ve lost my confidence with politicians as a whole and wonder what will bring it back.
Voting yesterday wasn’t so much (for me at least) about who our next President would be but about our local government and representatives. Our state has the second highest unemployment rate. As more jobs are being lost, homes are being lost. On my little street alone, I know of 2 vacant homes where the owners have just walked away. I know it’s a similar story all over the nation but Michigan has been hit a devestating blow in the last few years with our representatives doing nothing to help. I feel all of them owe us Michiganders a giant apology and a refund of their salaries. And so it saddens me that so many were re-elected to their positions. Not surprised but saddened.
It’s ironic that this historic election that has engaged so many new voters has actually caused me to become more disenfranchised not only with my own party and but politics in general. While the President often carries the glory or blame for what is going on in our country, I’m starting to think that they might not have as big a role as we give them credit for. Our system of government was designed to be a system of checks and balances which gives the President little power to rule over the USA with an iron scepter.
I’ve heard that in times of economic crisis, people tend to switch parties. If there’s a democratic president in office, people swing to the right and vice versa. I guess I can see that. While my values will never change, my opinion of parties will. It was disheartening to me to see the election turn into something as trite as voting for the republican, the black guy or the woman. I guess I had thought we had come far enough to not vote for or against someone just because they’re the gender or color that they are but in my heart, I believe there was a lot of rallying behind candidates particularly for those reasons. And it shocked me that the media didn’t even try to hide it. Stereotypes were played out in full force by all in my opinion and I lost respect.
So this election, I tried to step out from labels. I researched candidates (at all levels) and tried to find my best fit. I think it’s fantastic and awesome that we are living in a day in age where we finally can have a black President. That speaks volumes about the growth this nation has had in the last 50 years and I’m glad to be a part of that history. I’m happy that when my kids grow up, they will think it was weird that there ever was a color barrier before. At the same time, I question if Obama would have won if he were a white man. Obviously, we’ll never know the answer to that question but it makes me wonder.
And so here we are… some are celebrating this momentous occasion and some are absolutely devastated. I’m sure there are those like me that worry about even more socialistic programs being created and then those that can’t wait for them to come rolling in. We’ll see if there’s much difference. We all want change but we’d be kidding ourselves if we ever thought this is a one size fits all kind of nation. We all have our own opinions and our own ideas of what will ‘fix’ our nation. It’s the Dems turn at bat this time, I guess we’ll all see how it plays out.