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Dizzying Intellect » Endgame

Endgame

I spent the evening watching the results, nominally at least, with my liberal girlies, as I may have mentioned. I don’t actually know any other conservatives in real life, this being an extremely blue city.

Sadly, they weren’t really interested in watching the results, and I wandered off by myself and parked in front of MSNBC on their tv. Within half an hour, all of the also-liberal boyfriends and husbands had joined me (except the one enterprising single guy who noticed that all of the women were herded and unchaperoned).

The next few hours were… enlightening. I still can’t believe some of the things that came out of their mouths: “This is the end of the white man’s burden. Thank God. The blacks had better stop bitching now.” “All of the people at this one polling place on the news were black. All of them. But the one woman they spoke to was actually articulate.”

And my personal favorite: “I hope he manages to keep all of his campaign promises — because if he doesn’t, he’s going to end up just like Kennedy. (long pause) Dead. Hahahaha!”

I mean, these are people that voted for him. Holy shit.

(And we’re supposed to be the bigots?!)

Anyway. I think it’s going to be ok. Our taxes will go up, obviously, but that’s happened before. This is still the USA, and we have checks and balances in this country. They’ll be minimized with one party completely in power, but congress isn’t crazy. They want to keep their jobs.

And it’s only four years. Or less, if he actually tries that bankrupting-the-energy-companies scheme, and gets the Gray Davis Treatment. I suspect rolling blackouts will be even less popular in states that don’t have warm winters and “dry heat.”

In the long run, it’ll be good, I think, for the democrats to get exactly what they asked for, and also for some of them to find out that it’s not what they actually want. A lot of people are liberals because they think they’re “supposed” to be (as I was for most of my life), and don’t yet realize what it actually entails, and what it does to their net income.

I wish they’d gotten that message from their hand-picked congress with its 10% approval rating, but some lessons take more learning than others.

This isn’t how I wanted the election to turn out, obviously, but I’m not rejecting the fact that Obama is my legally elected President. I won’t hesitate to praise him when he does well — and he will do some things very well — and I’ll try not to mock him when he says things like “Tollybon” and tells Angela Merkel to “Hold on a minute, sweetie.” (And promptly loses a few teeth.)

When he makes mistakes that matter, I’ll berate him, but I would hope the democrats will do the same.

Obama strikes me as a good man, and he’ll have his cabinet to help him. He ran a strong race, and, frankly, it’s going to be an amazing thing to have a black president. We’ve come a long way in the last fifty years, and — as much as I don’t care what most of the world thinks of us — it’s good for countries who still have major racial issues to see that this is a healthy thing.

And I have to admit, it’s kind of a relief to have this be someone else’s problem now.

Update: Just to clarify, I’ll go Dagny Taggart in a heartbeat, when and if it comes to that.

But I’ll never go John Galt, because he was a pussy who turned tail and ran before the fight even started. And those of you who are giving up today, more than two months before inauguration day? You’re pussies too. And I wouldn’t trust you to have my back, when and if the shit hits the fan.

Just so I’m clear.

7 Comments

  • By og, November 5, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    Well, yeah, it’s someone elses problem, but “we” are “Someone else” now.

    Still, glad it’s over, and now I wish the damned pundits would SHUT UP.

    Except Dennis Miller.

    And now I wonder if Jon Stewart will point that humor at Obama? it would certainly be good, if he did.

  • By OrangeNeckInNY, November 5, 2008 @ 10:51 am

    The mainstream media “baby-carriaged” Obama to victory. The Democratic Party never even did a background check on him before they nominated him to front-runner. I doubt they’ll even scrutinize anything he does like they did with President Bush, Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain.

    But, like you said, “In the long run, it’ll be good…for the democrats to get exactly what they asked for, and also for some of them to find out that it’s not what they actually want.”

    I know we’re all trying to graciously accept his ascension to the thr…er, I mean, his winning the Presidency, but to me, it still feels like someone “giving me a paper cut and pouring lemon juice on it.”

  • By Count to 10, November 6, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    Ironically, the major problems with Obama will come from him not exerting enough executive power. His platform of things that he will do to harm the country are actually legislative, so congress will actually be doing the damage with his assent. But the damage to the US will only be counted in misery for us: where people are going to die is over seas, where Obama’s subservient foreign policy will hang the innocent out to dry.
    Really, the only hope is that Obama reverses him self on everything he promised to do–and even that won’t stop the harm that will result just from his election (Russia is getting a running start).
    So, yes, he needs our support, to push him into doing the right thing.
    (…and I can’t say I’m much surprised by the comments of your friends. I was certain from the beginning that racism was helping Obama rather than hurting him.)

  • By Nathan, November 6, 2008 @ 10:48 am

    Amen on John Galt. Damn, it’s refreshing to hear someone actually dis him for a change.

    I’ve always thought of you as more of a Dagny Taggart than a John Galt anyway.

  • By scooter, November 7, 2008 @ 8:05 am

    Well OK it is your blog. I guess my neck is just a little more red then yours.
    And its way bigger then him, its about my country and it runs deep but I’ll try to explain.
    With in 20 miles of where I was born raised and live are buried my family with military ties going back to the Civil War. My father, uncles, dads friends were WWII vet, and they talked about it some with me growing up so I do have a frame of reference as to steep costs to keep a country free. Does this make me more of an American than you? No it’s just who I am blessed to be.

    I’ve had the opportunity to work the last 40 years help building up our county and damn happy to do it.

    “This is the greatest country in the world and we have to change it” WTF does that mean, where is his vested interest!? Right now he just looks like an interloper.

    Hope, change, socialism and the 650 million bucks used to buy the White House
    Is some smelly water compared to the blood of the patriots that have come before me, after, and are now.

    I hope it works out for him, after all it is my country.

    scooter

    God, Country, Family.
    If you have no God, you can have no country.
    If you have no Country, you can have no home.
    If you have no Home, you can have no family.

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