Skip to comments.I've decided to be gracious in defeat (Vanity)
Posted on 11/05/2008 6:22:16 AM PST by SnakeDoctor
I have decided that I will do what my liberal counterparts could not in 2000 and 2004 -- I will be gracious in defeat. I will not fall prey to "Obama Derangement Syndrome" as the leftist blogosphere was infested with "Bush Derangement Syndrome". I will, against my better judgment, give President Obama the benefit of the doubt ... and let him succeed or fail based not on his past, but based on his actions over the next four years. I will put his past in the rearview mirror, put aside my justifiable skepticism, and hope that he will live up to his soaring rhetoric and "moderate" "bi-partisan" billing.
I will prove that I believe all I've said over the last 8-years about standing behind my President during wartime. I will pray that Barack Obama is as "pragmatic" as analysts have declared, and that he understands the fundamentally conservative nature of the country. I will work to rebuild my party, and stand up vigorously to Obama at every wrong turn -- but I will not spew the bile and hatred for my opponent that I've seen from the left since 2000. Ultimately, I refuse to become a mirror image of the hate-filled obnoxious left-wing blogger.
I also think it is important to note that the election of Barack Obama vindicates, in some respects, conservatives' view of American exceptionalism and the American Dream. It has always been our contention that through hard work and ingenuity, anyone, regardless of race, gender or creed, can succeed in this country. The ascendancy of Obama proves that. It is truly remarkable how far we've come in the last 40 years. Perhaps this is a big step in achieving the "colorblindness" we've been seeking for so long.
This election stands as a repudiation of the Republican Party -- but not of conservatism. Barack Obama won because he ran as a conservative Democrat -- touting tax cuts and a strong national defense. I hope beyond hope that he is not the liberal ideologue we feared he was -- I hope he truly represents the best his party can offer.
As conservatives, we must return the Republican Party to its roots. The defeat of John McCain proves that running "moderate" Republicans is not a path to victory, and that the slide toward "big government conservatism" we've seen under President Bush will ultimately end up in the destruction of the party. In some respects, we're the victims of our own success in the War on Terror ... as that issue has faded from the minds of voters. I pray that it won't take another deadly attack to wake us back up.
We must reinvigorate the party, and conservatism. The singular bright spot of this entire election cycle has been the emergence of Sarah Palin as a national political figure. I truly believe she, along with up-and-comers like Bobby Jindal, is the future of American conservatism.
I love my country -- and I truly pray that we conservatives were wrong about Barack Obama. I am an incurable optimist. It is always darkest just before the dawn ... so there are two alternatives here -- (1) Barack Obama isn't as bad as we thought and the country will be fine, or (2) he's as bad as we predicted, he'll run us off the rails like Jimmy Carter did, and a refreshed conservatism will emerge in 2 or 4 years.
Great post. Here’s hoping he actually believes his campaign rhetoric.
“Barack Obama won because he ran as a conservative Democrat — touting tax cuts and a strong national defense. “
You’re kidding I hope
Great post. Amen.
Obama deserves the same treatment Bush received. It’s called equality.
His campaign rhetoric was SOCIALISM. What are you talking about? SEE MY TAGLINE.
Amen to that.
I love and respect this country.
This man was elected President of the United States.
Besides, he does not empower me. I empower him.
Ok - I will rephrase; Let’s hope he believes the media’s characterization of his rhetoric. Everything I am hearing today says that Barack Obama ran as a centrist.
It is called spitefulness. It is childish, and deminishes us all.
Are you nuts. I want a Palin 2012 rally in Iowa on Jan 10. I want to get rid of the RINOS. I ain’t givin no socialist a break. In a year the morons will be on their knees begging us for help. Palin in 2012!! Go Sarah Go! I hope Palin starts a new party. I am done with socialist republican useful idiots like McClame and friends.
Ignore your lying eyes and ears. Kneel before Zod.
Not me. I told my stupid gloating coworker to get the hell out of my office when he began arguing that Fox purposefully had map problems as BHO pulled ahead.
F’ em. They are all fist bumping and booty shaking in the office. Makes me sick.
I like Peggy, look forward to no longer having to worry about my mortgage nor filling my car.
I am excited about the gasolineless automobile industry about to emerge.
I can’t wait to have someone else pay for my health insurance and for my employees’ health insurance while shrinking the size of government.
Something carried over from USAF days, whether I like his politics or not, he will be my commander in chief.
People, DEMOCRATS CHEATED ON A MASSIVE SCALE. Obama's victory is fraudulent. Yet Repblicans once again are "gracious" enough to roll over and let themselves be walked on like a cheap, easy rug.
OBAMA'S VICTORY IS FRADULENT. We all know it -- Democrats most of all.
>>I will pray that Barack Obama is as “pragmatic” as analysts have declared, and that he understands the fundamentally conservative nature of the country.<<
If the country is fundamentally conservative, how did Obama get elected?
“I used to take the high road, but I’m tired of altitude sickness.” - Republican Warrior Princess
Being a nice guy sure worked for President-elect McCain, huh? Oh, wait.
Trolls have been here left and right (actually just left) gloating and calling us Nazis. I hope for your sake that no trolls show up on your thread. The liberals will call us Nazis whether we’re nice or mean. They’re too stupid to understand the art of give and take.
I must have been asleep for the last 6 months......
As long as he pays my mortgage, fills my gas tank, gives me free health care and 36 weeks of unemployment checks, he’ll have my support.
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