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A Dose of Sanity

For several months now, and especially since yesterday, I have seen an overwhelmingly disappointing amount of intense immaturity regarding the direction of this presidential election. People that I have regarded as intelligent, rational, and even Godly are proving to be otherwise, at least in the moment.

Nothing has been said better than a blog post that appeared this morning from my friend Ruth. The following are her words in their entirety.

You're a Good Man, John McCain


John McCain is a good and gracious man. Not a savior, any more than Obama is a savior; not the antichrist, any more than Obama is the antichrist. He worked hard, campaigned hard, and won the support of many Americans. On a day when it seems the nation is split between hope and despair, and I want to take a moment to highlight some words from his own concessions speech.

"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 goodwill 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."

The race is over, and McCain did not win. But he has not called for anger, revenge, despair, or contempt. On the contrary, his words remind us that we are ONE nation. ONE America.

"I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president. And 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."

I understand what some of you are feeling. I felt that way four years ago. But I appreciate the sentiments of people on both sides of the political arena: it's not up to one man or one party to save this country. It's up to the people. If people would get as invested in the important issues of the nation and the world as we have been in this election, nothing could stop us.

Do pray. Not because Obama is some plague we have elected into office, but because we are a nation being ripped out of apathy, and in order for change to really occur we are going to need to God's help. And a focus on something we can both believe in.


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Blogger Ruth - 10:34 AM

You have been tagged. I'm terribly sorry, but should you decide to play along, here's the url: http://rutherin.blogspot.com/2008/11/tag-im-it.html    



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