Here's a confession for you.. I didn't vote yesterday. I am sure some of you just passed out reading that. My dad probably being the first. But before you get all huffy about it, let me explain.
I watched both Presidential and Vice Presidential debates and through out the months I have been totally undecided. I liked and disliked things about both candidates. The way McCain bashed Obama in some of his speeches was undermining and childish in my opinion. To me Obama was more respectful towards McCain. Both stood on issues that I agreed and disagree with. However, on occasion I felt Obama was somewhat of a schmoozer (sp?).
Being a Christian, most people would expect me to vote and to vote for McCain who stood against issues such as abortion. People say it is my responsibility. Let me ask you this though: If I am undecided on which candidate to vote for and it is my "responsibility" to vote.. is it right to do "rock, paper scissors" or flip a coin to choose who to vote for? Is that really the responsible way of handling things? It was also a very historical election but is it right to vote just because it is historical? For me, I believe I made the right decision on not voting. My heart was not in the right place and I wouldn't have been able to stand 100% behind my decision.
I have mixed feelings on Obama winning. In some ways I think it is a good change for the USA. We have made leaps and bounds when it comes to racism and I think that shows in the results of the votes. I believe it was time for a non-white person or a woman to be President and/or Vice President. In other ways I am wondering how Obama will change things and if our economy will really get better.
I think people forget that 4 and 8 yrs ago Bush seemed like the cure-all to many people. Most people stood behind the war in Iraq shortly after 9/11 but as time went on people became bitter and resented the fact that our troops are still over there. Think of the tremendous pressure put on the President of the United States. Bush was far from perfect, as we all are. Obama is also far from perfect. He will make decisions that none of us like but I also believe he may make some changes we will like. Atleast that is the hope I have.
So here's the thing.. whether you like it or not, Obama is the new President-Elect of our amazing country. If you believe in our country, believe in our president... whether you voted for him or not doesn't matter. Stand as one country together. Fight to keep the freedom we have worked so hard to obtain. Be gracious and keep an open mind.
Even at this moment, knowing the results, I am not sure who I would have voted for. So there you have it folks.. the confession of a non-voter.