We can’t hold it against those copying texts thousands of years ago. It is entirely understandable that as they copied the original text of Daniel, when faced with what must have seemed to them a nonsense word “Obamanation,” they would try to smooth out this difficult reading by substituting the more reasonable look-alike word “abomination.” For us, living in the end times prophesied by Daniel, the meaning is obviously much more easily discerned.
But seriously, my hat is off to Barack Obama for a commanding victory. As a republican partisan, I was proud of McCain’s gracious concession speech. I was also encouraged to see Obama reach out with some very gracious rhetoric in his acceptance speech. After a bitter campaign, I hope the country can rally behind Obama as our new president. I don’t expect to agree with Obama on much and his massive majority in congress means he’ll probably get a fair amount of his agenda through. But I’m hoping his presidency will be successful and I am not interested in following the leads of Daschle, Gephardt, Murtha, Reid, Pelosi, Dan, and Schumer. I will not forget the plain meaning of words (e.g. “lie“, or “patriotism“). I will not assume of Obama the worst possible motives for all his actions. I will not support a republican should s/he travel abroad and attempt to undermine Obama’s foreign policy. I will not convince myself that this election was stolen from me even after all suggested recounts show that Obama would have won even if the supreme court had not not become involved.
Many of the democrats in the bloggernacle have been good examples to me of how to be a thoughtful and respectful opposition. I will do my best to follow their examples.
Over the last eight years, I have seen hate and vitriol and I have judged it to be ridiculous and unbecoming. Given the current economic situation, it is almost unthinkable that things will not be looking better in four years, so I predict now that Obama will win in 2012 by a wider margin than he won last night. Here’s to a prosperous eight years under President Obama and a republican opposition that can disagree without being ridiculous. Congratulations to all of you Obama supporters out there.
P.S. mfranti, there had better be a bounce in your step this morning! (at any rate, I am hoping there is)