The Days after the Election

Tuesday November 4, 2008 was quite a day and night!

The media that supported Obama so strongly had a field day. McCain backers are easy to spot with their long faces and worried looks.

In all honesty, it would have been something close to a miracle for McCain to have won. Aunt Martha could have walked on water first.

Everyone I have talked to in the past few days seems to be in a state of shock. Granted, these folks are mostly conservative thinking Republicans and Democrats. There also is a great deal of uncertainty about the future of the country. To say many people (non-Obama supporters) are in a state of disbelief and mourning is probably the understatement of the year.

I don’t think I have seen so many long faces since the funeral of Widow Brown. She made the best green bean casserole for all the church functions, school events, weddings and funerals.

Comments at the feed store have ranged from, “how could we elect a guy with no experience”, to “do people realize what they have just done”, to “I guess a lot of folks think he will make their car payments.”

Of course, all the talking heads on TV are telling us how they had it all figured out ahead of time. Must be nice to have a job where you don’t have to be responsible for what you say.

I just switch over to Paula Deen or something interesting on the Discovery Channel when these profits of pontification come on the air.

Now, I never was a good football player but let’s try a little Monday morning quarterbacking. Everybody else does it, so why not?

From where I sit it looks like McCain was out worked, out spent, out promoted, out organized and out maneuvered. This election had little to do with issues and everything to do with power. The power of outside money.

Obama had great support in the Democrat primary and started the General Election with a trunk full of money.

McCain came back from the dead twice.

Once about half-way thorough the Republican Primary when his campaign sputtered out like a piece of wet wood in a campfire. The rest of the Republican field was so un-united that it gave McCain a foothold to come crawling up out of the grave.

He brushed the dirt off and found a few dollars to put diesel fuel in his bus. Things purred along for awhile and then the tires went flat, the engine started to sputter and the old Straight Talk Express coasted off into the road ditch, again.

Folks were bringing in the long black tapered candles and hanging the black drapes at the funeral home. Looked like ole John was on life support and wasn't long for the political world.

His second trip back from the land of the dead occurred when he picked Sarah Palin for his running mate. Too bad that couldn't have happened closer to the election.

She was a breath of fresh air in a room full of dull, ego driven, stagnant old politicians.

Unfortunately, those same old politicians and know-it-all political campaign consultants hid her behind a tree where the folks couldn't see her. When they did let her out it was to allow a couple of vultures named Koric and Gibson pick at her carcass.

Later, they blamed her to cover their own sorry behind sides for running a very poor campaign.

Now we have a bunch of folks running that insane asylum operated by its own inmates that we call Washington, DC, all set to give away your money and mine to folks that, in my opinion, just don’t deserve it.

I don’t know about you, but I get so sick and tired of hearing Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi just plain lying to us about who caused what. The official record as well as press reports tell and substantiate a very different story.

According to the official documents, Mr. Frank and company were holding the reins while ole Freddie and Fannie were picking our pockets. Now the foxes are watching the chicken house.

The next four years will be interesting to say the least. For the benefit of the country, we all need to pray that Mr. Obama will be a good President and govern from the middle of the political spectrum.

If the campaign is any indication, however, we now have a far left wing President, backed up by a House and Senate run by equally left leaning Congressmen and Senators. That doesn't’t bode well for us working folks.

We learned in grade school that the President proposes and the Congress disposes. That’s sort of a simple way to say that the President cannot spend a penny, but does set the policy agenda. Congress handles the checkbook. That’s the law.

When George and Ben and the rest of the boys got together up in Philadelphia some 200+ years ago they knew there had to be a balance of power in any form of government.

They had never heard of ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and NBC. They had never heard of millions of dollars coming from unnamed sources pouring into a presidential campaign unquestioned. They never reckoned with the power a block of people could control once they learned they could vote themselves money from the public treasury.

But they did know the danger in single party control. As a result, they built in protections that were more than adequate when members of the House and Senate were statesmen rather than cold, greedy, self centered politicians.

It appears to this old country boy the chickens have come home to roost.

All those checks and balances are being negated by big money, total media bias and a bunch of people set on their personal agendas rather than working for the good of the country.

So now let’s just suppose this Obama fella has some crazy idea like “spreading the wealth” that he proposes and then Harry Reid in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House decide to go along with him. (Remember the law, the President proposes and Congress disposes.)

About the only thing getting disposed will be the working people’s bank accounts.

Of course, Reid, Obama and Pelosi are wealthy in their own right so it won’t hurt them.

Sure wish I had some of Widow Brown’s green bean casserole