Barack Obama has been elected as the next President of the United States. I wish him well, his road will not be easy. It is now our job to help him execute his duties for the betterment of the American People.
Personally, I oppose many of his established positions, and I am suspect of what is to come. However, he will be my President and literally my Boss. I will support him as CINC. I will go where he tells me. I will do what he wants me to do. HE WILL BE MY COMMANDER IN CHIEF.
That said, as a citizen, I will support him when I think he is right, and oppose him when I think he is wrong. I will do my best to ensure he represents us all. I will lose some, I will win some. The Republic will go on. We will make sure it survives - as we always have. It is not dependent on one man no matter how powerful, but every citizen.
The people have spoken. We shall stand behind him, or we shall perish.
God Bless America.
I posted this in a diary on the 4th. I received a lot of replies to the effect "he's not MY president, I won't have anything to do with him." I disagree with that for many reasons, the least of which is that is exactly how the left treated George W Bush.
Regardless of whether we voted for him or not, he has been elected President. We all own that decision now (no matter how close the final tally), and it is up to us to make it work for everyone.
When I say we shall stand behind him, I mean him as President not his person, and I definitely don't mean blindly. As citizens we have the right to dissent (highest form of patriotism!). If we retreat from challenging him and his positions, we give up any influence. We will be irrelevant and impotent.
We are better than those who decided "this is not my America" when GWB was elected in 2000. THOSE people are only now erecting American flags because Obama has been elected President.. I personally am indescribably upset at these " fair weather patriots". I simply cannot count on their support when things get tough. (BTW, Seattle is my hometown, and Magnolia is MY OWN neighborhood - this cuts deep)
We ARE better than that. Don't let the bitterness of loss become the bitter opposition. We're better than that. This is still our country, no matter who is in charge.