Warning: Soapbox alert. Do not read if soapboxes make you a little queasy. There is a big one ahead. I am not a republican, democrat, libertarian, or member of the green or constitution party. I am an unaffiliated, independent, free thinker.
I was emotional on Tuesday. I'm not a big fan of touting my political views on my blog, but I was overcome with national pride on election day. I was excited that record number of voters turned out to vote in this election. I hope that gone are the days of the attitude, "Why should I vote? My one little vote won't make a difference anyway." We live in one of the greatest countries in the world! We have the opportunity to choose our local and national leaders. I truly feel we can create a government for the people and by the people. Our country is in quite a state. The national debt higher than it has ever been (adding extra zeros for the first time!). The unsuccessful invasion (invasion - we had no defensive right or reason to be in Iraq) that is costing the country money that could be put to better use here. But most importantly, precious lives of our brave soldiers and others in harm's way because of an unfounded war. The "No Child Left Behind Act" that has caused more burnout in teachers that good for the children. Those who have accused our president elect of the "s" word, why wasn't this word discussed when this piece of legislation was introduced? Because it was hatched by a republican? Or when the government gained the right to spy on us disguised as the "Patriot Act," there wasn't a big outcry of "big government" then. Ever read "1984?" There is no way I agree 100% with all of our next president's ideas and plans. That is what makes this country great. We have the right to voice our opinion even after we have elected a president. He is not the all powerful leader who has the right to make every decision affecting the country. There is a system called "checks and balances." We are part of that! We have local Senators and Congressman that are supposed to be our representatives. You can call them, write to them, email them about issues that you are concerned about. Keep your voice heard. It is what our founding fathers fought and died for. It is what makes me able to write this post without fear of harm to myself or my family. I love that this election caused powerful debates, emotions and caused so many to get out and vote. Because when we stop caring is when we really lose our freedoms and are at risk for what people are erroneously accusing Obama of. I mean, Marxism? Seriously people. I truly believe Obama loves this country and understands the principles that make it great. He has a long, hard road ahead of him. Probably one of the hardest in our nation's history. I uphold the 12th article of faith, I believe in "being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law." That doesn't mean I will do it blindly and uninformed.
I love our free country and will pray for those leaders who are representing us here in the US and around the world.