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  1. good luck, president-elect barack obama

    November 11, 2008 by tbholdren

    The One (so they say)
    The 44th president of the United States of America will be Barack Obama. Not sure how I feel about that. I know what the media tells me I’m supposed to feel; Elation. Relief. Awe. 52% of the popular vote isn’t a landslide, not by a long shot, but the people have spoken. In his victory speech, the man said this:

    To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn — I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president too,” –Barack Obama

    He is right about one thing; he will be my president. I doubt he hears my voice, or needs my help, however. And I don’t see any magical healing between conservatives and liberals in the near future, either. Nor should there be. What I do see is a Democrat-controlled White House, Senate, and House of Representatives pushing any legislation through they see fit for at least two years. That is what I am the most concerned about. No opposition to the liberal agenda. No sense crying over spilled milk now. Time to pray for the best and maintain my skeptic’s eye until proven otherwise.

    I’m not a Republican. I’m a Christian. My home is America, my kingdom is not of this world. But I do want Silas and my daughter to live in a great country for as long as God permits. I vote conservative, because it’s the closest thing available to what I believe. Hopefully next time around one party or another can put up a candidate that I, and people like me, can really get behind.

    Thank God it’s all over. Maybe now the news I read will actually be news and not constant recaps of Sarah Palin’s geography skills.

  2. exercising my american privilege

    November 4, 2008 by tbholdren

    Long story short: I voted, for the first time in my life, this morning for Senator John McCain for President of the United States.

    Did I feel that John McCain was the best man for the Job? Not really. I have a lot of folks I’d like to see up there instead. No, no. I was merely voting against Barack Obama.

    I don’t believe in partial-birth abortions. I don’t believe in trading liberty for economic equality. I don’t believe in government-enforced charity. I don’t believe you can go to a church and subscribe to a theology that preaches blind hatred against Caucasians for 20 years without being stained by the hatred you envelop yourself in. I don’t want a bitter first lady who thinks this country is “downright mean” and something we should not be proud of unless her husband is elected president. I don’t want a hand-out. I don’t want environmental policies that drive the coal industry to bankruptcy. I don’t want to increase taxes and enforce health-care policies on big business to the point where they have to fire employees or outright move their operations overseas.

    All of this is more important to me than a big fat tax break. And skin color doesn’t mean squat to me. If you could have swapped Obama and McCain’s skin color my decision would be exactly the same.

    Will John McCain win today? Probably not, if you believe the polls. God’s will will be done, either way. But I wanted my voice to be heard crying out against that which I do not believe in, regardless.

    Come January 20th, I’ll be praying for whoever is in the Oval Office that I may live out my days peaceably.

  3. … who cares what Matt Damon thinks?

    September 22, 2008 by tbholdren

    This isn’t a political blog, but it is my blog and I’m going to say what I want 🙂

    I was reading an NPR story this morning and the article discussed how most of the “stars” at the latest grammy… emmy… whatever it is (the one for TV awards), slammed Sarah Palin over and over and over again, while some of them were practically campaigning for Obama. One guy even went as far as to say, “I’m with Matt Damon,” when speaking about Sarah Palin. Now, I don’t know much about Matt Damon, but I have heard the name once or twice, and I believe he’s a movie star. Apparently he was critical of Mrs. Palin in an interview a while back.

    My first question is: Who really cares what Matt Damon thinks? And, by Matt Damon, I mean, “any Hollywood personality.” It’s fine for these people to express their opinion, it’s even ok to do so in the middle of an awards show that has absolutely nothing to do with politics, as long as the show organizers don’t mind. But… they’re just actors. Entertainers. Professional phonies. Do any of them believe we should take their opinion on any of the weightier matters? If I let Tina Fey decide whom I should vote for, perhaps I should then ask Bill Cosby for advice on my finances? Maybe score some parenting tips from Alec Baldwin.

    I don’t get too worked up over politics. Prophecy looms heavily over any promise any single politician makes to America either way. But listening to these “stars” rail against Candidate A actually makes me want to vote for Candidate A more, if only to go against their kind. But then, I’d still be letting them influence my decision, if only in reverse.

    It’s sad to think that their vacuous input will actually influence some people’s decisions come November.