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Dualism? Yeah, I got a case of it...

This is my first diary entry here and it’s a new process for me as I was never involved in the ‘blogosphere’ before this election. In the run-up to the election and subsequent fallout, I’ve been plagued by a bad case of dualism and I hope that this exercise in expression will help me compartmentalize some of my thoughts.

As a Reagan conservative and pro-life voter, I have some very serious concerns over the coming new administration. I don’t know which is more concerning, Barry’s record in the Illinois state house or his campaign promises to pro-abort groups about making the Freedom of Choice act the first thing he gets passed. On the one hand, I believe BO said whatever he thought he needed to say to get elected, but I also believe that we were given a glimpse into his thoughts when he said he didn’t want his daughters punished with a baby. Dualism…

I also have concerns over his stance on guns. I told a friend recently that we should expect some sort of ban on ‘dangerous’ guns within his first 120 days in office. I personally don’t have anything other than shotguns for hunting, but contemplating the erosion of our 2nd Amendment rights gives me pause. On the other hand, I think he realizes that anti-gun rhetoric plays well in Chicagoland but will go over like a lead ballon (pun intended) in the rest of the country. Dualism…

As a family of six, we honestly stand to benefit financially from BO’s relief plan for the middle class. On the other hand, I’m self-employed (no employees) and the self-employment tax is already killing me. I’m concerned that I may have to find a new job which will take me away from the home office and my four boys. Dualism…

As a person of faith, I must admit that I do feel proud that Dr. King’s dream seems to have been fulfilled in The One. I am optimistic that the vast majority of black people are very proud and have a hope that they have never had before. Barry’s story is such a contrast from the other role models out there, especially professional athletes, who occasionally portray and peddle a self-destructive message to their community. On the other hand, I hear that a lot of people voted primarily because BO is black, not in spite of it. This seems to be in direct opposition to Dr. King’s dream. I wonder how many people truly did vote on the content of his character and not the color of his skin. Dualism…

I guess for me my task for the next four years will be to learn how to pray for someone that I don’t really know and have fundamental philosophical differences with. My gut says that by April of ’09 my dualism will be somewhat resolved as we will all know which promises were simply playing to the electorate and which were expressions of his own world view. My prayer until then is that we will learn the vast majority were the former and not the latter.

It’s so bad I’m even thinking that the Clinton administration doesn’t seem so bad given what I fear is on the way. Talk about dualism!

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