Surveying the damage the morning after a storm can be a sobering affair. Survival instincts such as checking on loved ones and surveying damage begin to dominate an individual’s consciousness as they seek to find normalcy in the aftermath of chaos. This is exactly my sentiment the morning after the re-election of Barrack Obama on November 6th 2012. I don’t mean to border on hyperbole by comparing the election to a massive destructive storm, but this one has me shaken.
There are many things I take away from this election that I have previously been reluctant to concede. Prior to last night I still thought of this as my Mother and Father’s America, an America where the majority of its citizens believe in stability foremost, an America that pays attention to details and knows when they are being scammed. What I took away from last night is an America that has become numb beyond belief; who’s only concept of reality come from what is trending on Twitter and people with the last name Kardashian.
As some of you might know, I would greatly consider myself more socially liberal than conservative. I believe in same sex marriage, legalization of marijuana, comprehensive immigration reform and a women’s right to choose. I am a God fearing Christian above all else, but I do not believe that my faith in God should be the stump speech for any political affiliation. This separates me from the Republican Party. You might think that based on this alone I should be excited about a liberal such as President Obama. Sorry, but my conservatism trumps all else.
Everyone has one key issue that is paramount above all. For some it’s social in origin, such as the issues I listed previously, for others however it boils down to economics. Nothing is more important to me and my vote than the economy. Without a strong healthy economy, you have the situation that we are currently stuck in. Unemployment over 8% for more than 42 consecutive months, a national debt that continues to climb and businesses scared to death to hire anyone because they don’t have any idea how the government plans on dealing with the fiscal cliff ahead. I’m sorry, but Obama ownes this economy, not Bush.
Social change is extremely important, I’m not denying that, but if we don’t get this economy going soon it’s not really going to matter what social issues are addressed. What good is marriage to same sex couples if they can’t afford to buy a house and start the family they have always dreamed of because they are stuck in poverty due to government negligence? What good is comprehensive immigration reform if our Countries newly adopted brethren can’t find work and become more and more dependent on government contributions. At least Colorado will have plenty of weed to keep us all distracted.
Like Romney, I too will pray for the President and congress to get this Country moving again. I have a son now, and he and my wife are the most important things in my life. The only thing I want in life is to be able to work hard to provide a better life for my familly every day. The President has promised to provide us with that opportunity, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see in the coming years if he will be able to deliver. One thing I am certain of is that I’ll be watching like a hawk.