Congrats to Barack Obama.
Unfortunately for him his dreams of change and hope now must meet reality. When he ascends to his media given throne in January the realities he faces will be much harder than he could imagine and thus he will be a one term President. I guarantee that based on his proposals during the campaign and the stunning lack of knowledge most voters had about this man.
As I say this don’t think it is sour grapes on my part. While I do not support Obama and his “teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” view of the world, I can admire, at least, his place in history. I still believe in America and as John McCain stated repeatedly throughout the campaign, It will always be COUNTRY first.
The most troubling thing about this election, however, was not the tit for tat attacks both campaigns had but what little information voters actually tried to find out about the candidates. I can only assume Democrats once again love exit polls today as they were used by every network last night, and really throughout the campaign, to decide the winner. Based on these exit polls, voters apparently showed up to vote yesterday for reasons other than issues. A stunning 59% of voters, more than half for those who don’t know math either, cast a ballot based on something other than issues. This includes Republicans as well as Democrats but mostly Democrats, since they filled out 64% of the exit polls to 34% for Republicans.
What does this mean?
Probably for the first time in our history the voters elected a man based on nothing more than personality and rhetoric. Never before, in recent history, has a President been elected when the pundits were at a loss to describe what his agenda might be for the nation. Voters seemed to not care about the what and why issue but rather solely focused on the who. To me that is the scariest part of this election.
Additionally, I read a report from CNN that stated race had nothing to do with this election. This was the paragraph after they stated that 96% of black voters sided with Obama. No not a factor at all! Yes, some of the 59% who voted based on something other than issues were the ignorant among us who still harbor racist tendencies but let’s be honest, race was a factor but not in the way the pundits predicted. But this is not to say that Obama should not be judged by the content of his character as Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted. Obama attracted a wide range of support because of his life story, even if that story still raises significant questions.
Thomas Jefferson spoke and wrote at length aboout an educated elecorate. In his musings he advocated educating every citizen in America. He stated that if we were ever at a crossroads in our history where the citizens were not enlightened enough to exercise their rights responsibly the remedy would not be to take those rights away but rather to focus on education as a cure. After 59% of the people voted for something other than the candidates stands on issues, I would say that we are now at a crossroad in our history.