“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

My Post Election Thoughts

Beast Media posted Good Morning America And Welcome To Hell. Mac, of course, is his usual blunt self—although toned down a great deal from his previous site. Meanwhile, Mrs. Black Six posted Is There One Star Maybe. This is a pretty brief, but thoughtful, look at what may go on in the future, summed up well in this:

I am concerned about what decisions are going to be forced on Iraq, GWOT, minimum wage, education, gun rights, and these are just to name a few.

I happen to agree with both of them on a lot of issues. Go back and read my Election Thoughts series. You’ll find I’m willing to give a little here or there—but there are some things I hold near and dear.

I am greatly concerned for individual rights. I fear the requirements for group authority are going to get larger—especially for those on the left. It is quite apparent that want an equal society. No one greater than another. It is also glaringly obvious that the rules do not apply evenly to all.

For those on the political left, I re-raise the issue of wealth. For example, regardless of how much money Kerry/Heinz gives to various causes, how many houses worth how many dollars does he own? Do you really believe he’s going to give that up? No, the Democratic/Left Wing agenda is no more in favor of helping the middle class than they claim the Republicans were.

Given the Left Wing fight for abortion on demand, without responsibility or accountability, am I really supposed to believe that they will not use government spying capabilities to progress their own agenda?

And, I haven’t even approached Mrs Black Six’s or Mac’s concerns. No, I am not happy with the outcomes. I think the Left did a great job of playing on people’s fears. I also think the Right did a terrible job of addressing their own internal issues. Had they done better—been up front, worked quickly, and so forth—I think more Republicans would have been victors in this election.

What will happen in the remaining two years of Bush’s Presidency? I do not know. My suspicion is gridlock like never before

If you want to check out some interesting related thoughts, here are two editorials I found worth reading today.

From the Ft. Worth Star Telegram (vis the Washington Post): Harvard recommends a course to help students understand
"the role of religion in contemporary, historical, or future events -- personal, cultural, national, or international."
Does this strike anyone else as the Left trying to decide what the role of religion will be in our society?

And, there was this in the NY Times about how we make choices. The article has some great insight into this question:
How can it be that a majority both accept and reject the same parent?
Considering the election issues and outcomes, it’s well worth the read.