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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hope

Whew! It's over. No more phone calls. No more attack ads. No more speculating. No more confusing politics, wondering who we can trust...for a brief time anyway. One thing I have observed throughout this election season is how divided the country seems to be. It makes me very uncomfortable. Does it have to be that way? Don't we all basically want the same things? To be free, to be safe, to be able to provide for our families, to be happy? Whether or not the election turned out the way I wanted, I do feel hope for our future and the future of our children. Without hope we live in a dreary world. We can be unified as a country. This isn't the Democrat States of America or Republican States of America. This is the UNITED States of Amercia. It seems that can be forgotten.

I love what John McCain said last night in his concession speech:

"These are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him (Barack Obama) tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face. I urge all Americans ... I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited. Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that...

I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties, but to believe, always, in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history. Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America."

And so I choose to hope.

4 comments:

The McMillans

Cheers to you !

When are you running for president?

Seriously, last night was genius, for both men. Really it was. I am proud to be an American. And I have hope also. Thanks for a really great blog.

Haws Family

Thank you for sharing this! Too bad we won't know what could have been with a man like that in office! What beautiful words.

Stacey

very nice post. I think its important to look at it that way. I was impressed my McCain as well because he def. reminded me that all is well and that Americans are strong. I wasn't shocked with the results, I do need HOPE though esp. in this president because I'm not so sure how things are going to turn out.

Skye Lee

Thanks for sharing this. I have hope! I have too, I have no choice but to hope and have faith. Kyle and I both sat on the couch watching McCains speech with tears in our eyes. His words were true and so because I supported him, I support what he said (does that make sense?).
Anyway, great post!