Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Congratulations to President-elect Obama
Okay, with this post, I'm caught up again on cross-posting here for the guest posts I've made so far at HughHewitt.com. If you're reading down the page from this post, keep in mind that the teasers here for posts since late October were all done in the wee small hours after I already knew the disappointing election results. And I've also copied and posted at the foot of each teaser post here the full text and photos from those guest posts, just for archival purposes.
[Copied here for archival purposes on November 5, 2008, from the post linked above at HughHewitt.com.]
(Guest Post by Bill Dyer a/k/a Beldar)
[As always, I'm speaking here only for myself, not necessarily for Hugh — but with thanks for his generous invitation to me to guest-post here during this election season, and thanks to all of the many additional folks who've read my blogging as a result (of all of which, more later in a more sentimental but less consequential post tomorrow).]
Congratulations to you, Sen. Barack Obama, junior senator from Illinois, on becoming the President-elect of the United States of America.
Congratulations to your supporters, and to the entire United States on this historic occasion.
Mr. President-elect, you have been, and will remain even more frequently, in my prayers.
I pray that you will succeed in bringing America into a post-racial future. In that regard, I pray that you will take to heart the prescription of Chief Justice John Roberts: The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race. You are uniquely positioned to help us achieve that, and I pray that you will find the path to do so.
I pray that you may acquire wisdom — wisdom beyond your tender years, your thin experience, and your inconsequential legislative achievements — wisdom as a public servant in office, rather, that is at least commensurate with the skill you've shown as a campaigner, which has been a genuine marvel.
I pray for your health, because, with due respect, I regard the prospect of your Vice President-elect having to step into your shoes with genuine panic. Let's hope that he can continue to be Crazy Uncle Joe, less of a danger to the nation as Vice President than as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
You have said, at times, that you recognize that your greatest flaw is pride. I pray that your prayers for help in overcoming that flaw will be answered. You are surrounded, unfortunately, with an entourage who share that very flaw. Between now and January, I hope you will find time to read modern American history, and in particular, histories about John F. Kennedy, who you resemble in so many ways. Kennedy's youthful arrogance and ignorance nearly incinerated our planet — a fact of which you seem to be unaware, and that frightens me more than anything else about the prospect of your presidency. Mr. President-elect, you must learn history, so that you can avoid at least its most conspicuous mistakes — like those John Kennedy made in Vienna 1961 when he, as a young and presumably naive president, was tested and found completely wanting.
I pray for your family, that they may continue to give you strength and comfort and perspective. If you will do your best for your own beautiful young daughters, then I have grounds to hope that will also be good for mine.
God bless you and keep you, sir. I have been among your harshest critics, in good faith I hope, and I will continue to speak out when I think you're wrong. I pray for the grace, though, to acknowledge those times when you are right, and for the decency to accord you with the full respect that is due to anyone who holds the office upon which you are about to embark.
You will be my president too, and while I am filled with trepidation, I congratulate you as sincerely as I am able, and I wish the very best for you and our great country.
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(1) Old Coot made the following comment | Nov 5, 2008 9:18:00 AM | Permalink
I wish I had your gift of words, especially with regard to the closing paragraph which perfectly expresses my feelings. Thanks.
Remembering to pray for the man, the office and the country that will be affected by his actions is something that we must all do, regardless--or perhps even more--what trepidation an Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate may instill. (After all, even though it seems He had more to work with in the case of Nebucanezzar, God has been known to work miracles in the rule of kings... I just hope it doesn't take seven years with Obama-Pelosi-Reid. :-))
Be especially careful to pray for Obama's continued good-enough health (he has never looked particularly well to my eye--several decades of several packs a day can do terrible things to the human body, and, from my vocal training, I can hear the damage to his voice alone). The thought of Joe Biden in the presidency scares the living daylights out of me. There's no "there" there to work with!
Sounds to me a great deal like whistling past the graveyard. I suggest we all save our money, for if Barack and his enablers attempt to enact a new New Deal we could be in for a new Great Depression. I won't even go into--at this time--the possible effects upon national security.
Soon will come the disappointments. First to those poor fools who are "Tired of being poor," and who expect Barack to meet their house payments. Next will be one of two groups: Either those like Bill Ayres, ACORN, and the readers of DailyKos who expect a 90 degree left turn, or those making up the vast majority of BO voters who think his elevation means the end of racial division and the coming of peace to America at home and abroad.
Add to the latter group those pundits who seem to believe that because BO slid to the center during the campaign he will govern pragmatically. But his whole history is one of using and developing black resentment, and furthering minority privilege despite his realizing intellectually that it is destructive of initiative. This doesn't bode well for pragmatism.
On the other hand, he has shown himself willing to toss away any person no longer useful to his ambitions, only retaining his controlling wife Michelle. So it is at least *possible* that he might be willing to throw away his past beliefs and policies.
But he loves them so dearly, and has clung to them against all reason. Belief in black exceptionalism (and justifiable resentment) was inculcated in young Barry by his mother, reinforced by his white grandfather, and hardly weakened by his confrontation with failure-prone Luo society in Kenya. Will winning the Presidency be enough to bring about an epiphany?
But we can at least look forward to some comic relief from our new VP. Joe Biden should do a lot to restore the reputation of Dan Quayle.
(4) A.W. made the following comment | Nov 5, 2008 4:13:58 PM | Permalink
God, I am filled with such profoundly mixed feelings.
We have to hope for the best, but be wary of the worst.
I am genuinely concerned today that we have just elected our very own Hugo Chavez. But I pledge to give him a real chance to do the right thing.
in 1860, we elected a man who was had even less experience than Obama. I have long believed that we were so lucky in our choice of Lincoln--not smart, but lucky--that it was positive proof that God loves America. A lesser man would not have risen so brilliantly to that occassion and there was no good reason to think from what we knew 1858-1860, that Lincoln was such a spectacularly good choice.
Let us hope and pray that Obama will turn out to be an equally inspired choice. But let us also be vigiliant in case he is actually dangerous to the republic, as we indeed always should be.
I shared this with my Probama brother...told him it expressed well my sentiments. (Why try to dialoge with these people?)
Thought you might like to see his response.
I don't know who you are, but I still pray for you.
I hope that this prayer finds you, and finds you well.
I hope that God almighty will shine enlightenment upon you, and reveal to you that you are the kind of snide, sarcastic, hypocrite that gives Christians a bad name.
I hope you will be led by God's son, Jesus Christ toward becoming a more accepting & loving person, worthy to call himself a follower of Christ.
I hope that God will help you accept yourself when you finally realize how presumptuous you are in judging a man you do not know.
I hope that when you improve as a human being that you will once again speak out as a representative of Christianity, but until then, have the wisdom to remain silent.
I pray these things in the name of he who never rejected anyone, but has many rejecting in his name, Jesus Christ.
(6) Paul_In_Houston made the following comment | Nov 5, 2008 5:12:59 PM | Permalink
My biggest fear about Obama?...
On election day, the Ace of Spades website posted a picture of two Iraqi women, with purple-stained fingers showing they had voted in an election.
It was a "Get Out The Vote" message, noting that whatever hardships or inconveniences YOU may experience by voting, "These women literally risked their lives to vote".
My first reaction to that was, "And THE ONE can hardly wait to sell them out".
One of my biggest worries about Obama is that his rhetoric on Iraq, and rumored comments about Israel, show an almost casual willingness to sell out allies when convenient.
A commenter on another blog asked, “Who appointed us to be their guardians? Why is it America’s job to make sure they are safe?”
I feel the answer is we'd rather not have the entire world as a nuclear-armed camp, based on the idea that the more countries that have these things, the greater the likelihood that some will eventually be used.
Our alliances with these countries, to protect them, are not out of the goodness of our heart, but for what we see as our own best interests. Sell one out, and you can bet the others will sure take notice.
It seemed that commenter was advocating, “To hell with them, let them take care of themselves!”
Well, the problem there is they might do exactly that, and we may not be too thrilled with the results.
If countries under threat (Taiwan, maybe South Korea, even Japan) feel reason to believe that our word is no longer any good, they’ll almost certainly feel the need for self-sufficiency in nuclear arms as the only real deterrent to someone like China. And note, those countries mentioned ALL have the necessary economic, industrial and technical wherewithal to go nuclear. All they need do is make the decision.
Others, in the Middle East will want them to deter Iran. How about Saudi Arabia and Egypt? Maybe Libya decides that abandoning their efforts was a mistake. THOSE countries may lack the technology, but they can certainly afford to finance it.
It could just go on and on.
THAT, I feel, would be a very likely result of us deciding to just disengage ourselves with these countries.
We’ve tried successfully, and for a long time, to convince others that they did not need them, because WE would provide the protection of a nuclear umbrella.
When they decide we cannot be relied on, the whole thing unravels.
If that commenter gets his wish, and they take care of themselves, it could get real interesting for us as well.
Seeing that we also reside on the same planet, I think it almost impossible we would remain unaffected.
So, standing up for our allies is not merely a nice thing to do; it makes the hardest kind of common sense.
Simply put, we protect others in order to protect ourselves. Abandoning them, selling them out, would be an unbelievably short-sighted (as in STUPID) thing to do, and would hurt us more in the long run. No one would trust an agreement with us; and why should they, given such a record? Instead of being worth anything, our word would only be noise.
And that would be tragic, because WE set its' value, by our actions.
(7) John D.Nelson made the following comment | Nov 14, 2008 11:53:52 PM | Permalink
Just wondering - What are your thoughts on the pundits who are now blaming the current economic crisis on President-elect Obama?
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