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Will Obama’s Victory Mean an End to Bush-Hatred?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 11:40 pm - November 5, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Bush-hatred

Four years ago when the election results were better for my side than were those this past week, I vowed that I wouldn’t gloat if Bush won the election, sensing, as I put in a blog post since disappeared when someone hijacked our blogspot account:

many of the president’s opponents would be genuinely pained. . . . I knew the period after the election would be a tough time for them. It didn’t seem right to do anything that would make them feel worse than they would already feel by the mere fact of his victory.

This year, I have made a different vow. And that is to let the Democrats savor their victory and not offer snide comments when I see them celebrating. Similarly, I would hope that they, understanding how upset some of us might feel about the elections, would not gloat, especially not in our presence.

That doesn’t seem to be the case. Well, not entirely. Some friends and acquaintances have been incredibly gracious, knowing to avoid politics. It seems even a few (but alas not all) of our critics have shown considerable restraint in the comments section.

Look, Obama ran a better campaign, had the right slogan for the year. And we took it on the chin.  It’s not easy being the incumbent party during an economic downturn.

When I see the gloaters, many of whom said some of the most vicious things about George W. Bush, members of his Administration and his supporters these past eight years, I wonder if they’ll let up on their hatred now that their guy has won. Or, will they continue to spout bile against their political adversaries and blame Bush for our nation’s problems when their team will be responsible for addressing them?

Stealing Oregon?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:20 pm - November 5, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Congressional Elections,2008 Elections

It looks like the Democrats will do anything to get a filibuster proof Senate.  Now comes word of “strange goings on in Portland, Oregon:”

the press are being asked to leave the building where the ballots from yesterday’s election are stored. The Democratic officials in charge of the building are saying there has been a flood.

Not sure how reliable this story is, but you can bet if we’d heard it about Republican officials keeping the press out, they’d be reporting it.

It would be a shame if the Democrats steal this seat from Gordon Smith, a gay-friendly Republican.

More as it develops.

Wisdom From A Conservative Jedi Knight

This is some great advice from the conservative political soothsayer known to everyone only as “Obi-Wan.”  (Everyone but Jim Geraghty, that is).

So the problem with the blunt instrument  is the unintended consequences.  The 1964 results meant the social tragedy, especially for the poor, of the Great Society programs.  The 1974 Democratic Congressional blowout cost 13 million South Vietnamese their freedom.  The 1976 defeat meant Carter era malaise at home and one of the most perilous periods for U.S, national security.

The liberals in Congress will soon push to discourage entrepreneurship and economic growth, nationalize the medical system, weaken the military, use state power to coerce Americans into removing mentions of God from the public square, accepting abortion on demand and the altering  the definition of marriage. And an early test for President Obama will be his reaction to pressure in two areas from his own party that may brand his administration early as decidedly leftist. He will be pushed to take various measures to stifle dissent through enacting the Fairness Doctrine and ending the secret ballot in union elections. And he will be pushed to make a decision that cost the newly elected President Clinton his honeymoon period — changing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy about gays in the military. On all of this, the congressional liberals and their media allies will be unrelenting. And yet all this represents opportunity for the GOP.  The last Congress was the most unpopular in history because of its radical liberalism. Yet the GOP failed entirely to enumerate for voters that Congress’s transgressions. That opportunity is coming again.

Also, the liberals know that neither in 2006 nor 2008 did the American people vote for the left-wing agenda. They are hoping conservatives will again go along after some polite demurrals.  So, if loud and noisy but enlightened opposition is offered at every turn, much of the collateral damage can be avoided. And the American people will see the real agenda of the liberal elites.

Seems like our own Jedi, GayPatriotWest, was channeling Obi-Wan earlier today….

And American conservatives can also share in this note from Obi-Wan, too:

REJOICE — Electing an African American president closes a painful but proud chapter in American history.  What a country.

American Conservatives still cry at our National Anthem, pray for our soldiers and send them gifts, put our hands over our hearts when the flag unfurls, and contribute more to charities than any other group in the entire world.  So, of course, we would rejoice in Obama’s historic election and celebrate the final closing of a chapter in American history wrought with pain and injustice for many.

After all, need I remind anyone the price Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) paid to begin the writing of that chapter of the American Experience?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Wall Street Votes On Obama Win

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:56 pm - November 5, 2008.
Filed under: Economy,Obama Watch,Post 9-11 America

Down, baby, down…..

The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost as much as 420 points or 4.4% with 30 minutes left in the session. The Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) index lost 4.3% and the Nasdaq composite (COMP) gave up 4.3%.

Well THAT should tell us all something about the confidence in our new President.

Fellow capitalists and entrepreneurs…. run for cover.   Obamanomics is here.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Our Long Conservative Nightmare is Over

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 11:53 am - November 5, 2008.
Filed under: Conservative Ideas

Shortly after George H.W. Bush lost his bid for reelection in 1992, I began an op-ed for the Virginia Law Weekly, the newspaper of the University of Virgnia School of Law where I was then a student.  I had titled it, “Our long Conservative Nightmare is Over,” paraphrasing Gerald Ford’s speech upon assuming the presidency when Nixon resigned.  (Due to my academic and extracurricular obligations, I did not have time to complete that essay.)

It had been tough to be conservative during the first (and only) term of the first President Bush as it has during the second term of the second.  Each man was the titular head of the supposedly conservative party, but neither governed, at least on domestic issues, as a conservative.

Neither held the line on domestic spending.  Both increased the size and scope of the federal government.

And yet, they were both decent men who love this country.

We wanted to criticize them and often did, but remained aware that the “official” opposition was even less conservative than they.  How could we advance our ideas when we had little control over the vehicle best suited to advancing them?

Now the contest for control of that vehicle begins.

With the election of Barack Obama and the imminent departure of George W. Bush, I feel a strange sense of liberation.  We can start advancing our ideas once again.

Bush-haters & National Harmony

David Harsanyi:

Barack Obama is now my president. Though I wonder if irascible Democrats who rode around with those snazzy bumper stickers reading “He’s not my president” for the past eight years realize the irony of their call for national harmony.

Read the whole thing.

On conservatism’s recent past — and its future

Dick Morris sums it up:

Power has been bad for the GOP, sapping the party’s soul and eroding its purity. But opposition, especially when a socialist like Obama wrestles with the practical problems of capitalism, will be a heady experience for the Republicans. The conservative movement can be reborn in opposition in a way they never could have been as the governing party.

Proposition 8 Passes

Along with voters in Arizona and Florida, Californians approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  In the Golden State, this is more significant as it overturns the state Supreme Court decision mandating state recognition of same-sex marriage.

This is not as bleak as it seems.  We will revisit this matter.  And with young voters (age 18-29) opposing the measure by a margin of 63-37 61-39*, the question of gay marriage is now only one of time.

The ballot language helped keep the margin close.  In bold face, our ballots told us the impact of the proposed constitutional amendment, “eliminates [the] right of same-sex couples to marry.”  Playing on that language, the “No” campaign could have defeated the measure had they focused the campaign on a line they used in their third ad, “Because regardless of how you feel about marriage, it’s wrong to treat people differently under the law.”

That line, I believe, shows respect for those who see gender difference as the defining aspect of this ancient institution.  Too often, in this campaign, opponents of the measure made it appear supporters had malign motives.  To be sure, some did.  But, for others, the great majority perhaps, same-sex marriage represents a significant social change.

I had long ago resolved to vote, “No,” on the measure, but wavered at points during the campaign, largely because of the raft of e-mails I received from friends, acquaintances and others who have my e-mail address demonizing the initiative and its supporters. I know many people, good people who voted “Yes” on 8.  They don’t hate gay people. They just see marriage as a sacred institution between individuals of different sexes.

For a brief moment, I did not want to vote the same way as did those writing those hateful missives. Had it not been for the married same-sex couples I knew, I might have been swayed.

When we look at this narrow defeat, consider the rhetoric and actions of certain advocates of gay marriage, notably the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom. If they caused someone like me to waver, how might they have impacted straight people who lack close gay friends and know no same-sex couples?

With a better campaign, focusing on freedom rather than equality, opponents might have defeated this measure.

There are signs of hope.  Proposition 22 passed in 2000 with 61% of the vote. Eight years later, the percentage fell to 52%. And, as even the proponents of the measure made clear in their campaign, the initiative retains the state’s landmark domestic partnership program.

Gay people can still get married. The state will just no longer sanction their unions as such.

*CNN has tweaked their numbers since I first penned, er pixeled, this post.

Congratulations President-Elect Obama

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:31 am - November 5, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

I sincerely wish President-Elect Obama as much respect and success that President Bush was offered by Keith Olbermann and Harry Reid.

I expect the Democrat-controlled Congress will repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the first 100 days, right?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

John McCain’s Classy Concession Speech

I had not expected to go emotional tonight.  While I had hoped John McCain would win, I knew he could lose.  And I, as did many other McCain supporters, prepared for just that possibility.

But, when Sarah Palin and John McCain walked on stage in Arizona, I choked up. I had grown to admire both these people in the course of the campaign, feeling almost as if I knew them both, he the wise uncle, she the beloved sister.

Of the two presidential candidates, the loser gave the better speech tonight, one which shows us how to concede with grace.  It made me proud to have supported him and sad that he lost.  There were no platitudes or cliches.  He thanked his family, took responsibility for his loss and noted his good fortune.

But, more than that, he acknowledged his opponent and the meaning of his achievement:

In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.

This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.

I’ve always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too.

But we both recognize that, though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation’s reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.

I agree.

In conceding the presidency, John McCain showed that he is hewn from presidential timber. Would it that he could serve as a president. But, the American people have chosen otherwise.

All his supporters should thus join him in wishing “Godspeed to the man who was [his] former opponent and will be [our] president.”

If Senator Stevens Holds His Lead . . .

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:53 am - November 5, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Elections,Republican Embarrassments

. . . who will Governor Palin appoint to replace him if his conviction is upheld or the Senate expels him?

Preliminary Thoughts on Obama’s Victory

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:56 am - November 5, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

In seventy-five days Barack Obama will be my president.  If he governs as he has voted in the Senate, I will criticize his policies, but will understand he puts those policies forward in the national interest.

It looks like Obama will win with a popular-vote margin of about five points, decisive, but not a landslide.  He is the first non-incumbent Democrat in seventy-six years to break 51% of the popular vote, being only the fifth member of his party to win a majority of the popular vote since the Civil War.  Pretty impessive.

Barack Obama had the right slogan for the times, “change.”  John McCain’s slogan, “Country First,” didn’t really capture the popular imagination.  Perhaps, he should have run on reform, a word which has career and that of his running mate and would likely have defined his Administration had he won.

That said, given all Obama’s advantages, the financial crisis in the midst of the campaign, the media bias, his fundraising advantage, his ground game, right now it doesn’t look like a realigning election.

Should, however, the president-elect govern effectively, the election of 2008 could be a harbinger of realignment.

Well, the Left is Wrong about one thing

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:55 am - November 5, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Bush-hatred

No fascist would let a man who criticized him so harshly succeed him.