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My friend Kathleen McKinley, writing for the Houston Chronicle, has a great post up for election day. It’s actually a bit depressing, because she is spot on in her assessment of the political divide in this country:
I don’t think I am alone in saying that I will be glad when this is over. I think we all feel emotionally drained. I’ve never seen the country so divided. I’ve never seen the country in a place where there is simply no common ground. That is probably the most upsetting thing. Somewhere along the line, we lost a common bond. One side sees America very differently than the other side, and in almost all ways.
I will say that even though I disagree with Pres. Obama on his vision for our country, I am glad that in my lifetime we elected a black President. I wish it could have been a black President like Allen West or Herman Cain, but nonetheless, it was historic and it proved how far we have come since I was a little girl in Mississippi. A remarkable change. Obama’s failures have nothing to do with the color of his skin, and everything to do with his ideology. It was his ideology that failed us.
I doubt that Romney, if elected, can do much to bring us together. The breach is too wide, the beliefs too different. I can only hope that he can put us back on the road to prosperity, bring us back jobs, and keep us strong. I can only hope he can right this ship. But the difference in the core beliefs between Republican and Democrats will continue, there is no bridge that connects us there anymore. Where my side sees our founding principles as given to us by God, building the most prosperous nation on earth, giving so much to so many around the world, and defeating evil with our military might, the other side sees a foundation built on bigotry and imperialism, and unjust wars. Where my side sees a cycle of generational poverty and dependency on government as immoral, the other side sees increased dependency as benevolent. Where my side believes that the most innocent and vulnerable among us, the unborn child, should be protected, the other side sees aborting the unborn child as a right. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.
She’s right. I’ve told my few remaining Liberal friends that they disgust me. Their hyper-partisan myopic voting for any person who has a D behind their name is shameful. Which is how we end up with morons, cheats, and criminals like Jesse Jackson Jr. (who will be re-elected again today, despite being absent from office for nearly 4 months, and not even campaigning), Sheila Jackson-Lee, Charles Rangel, and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz in office.
I firmly believe that Obama could have admitted to pulling the trigger himself that killed Ambassador Stevens and they’d still vote for him. Which is disgusting.
And a Romney victory will not change that.