It is surely no secret to those who know me that I am greatly affected by the outcome of the presidential election. I can absolutely say I am pleased that our nation would vote for someone who is not Caucasian – that truly shows major advancements in our country. I can choose to show my sarcastic side and thank all Obama voters for ushering us more rapidly into the TRUE Latter Days. Or, I can choose to be a little more reserved and appropriate, and be thankful that Mr. Obama only achieved 52 % of the overall votes, for it is comforting to know that I am not alone.
I heard today on the news that the Republican Party is the party of “old, white people”. I think that my 20-year-old niece would disagree with that, yet, my other 27-year-old one would second that motion (or is it “Emotion”….not sure). I didn’t so much vote for McCain as I voted against Obama and his principles, beliefs, policies, and background. I guess I am old and I am definitely white (no sun for months!).
Today I have had a myriad of conflicting thoughts. I am baffled by how many young friends and family voted for Mr. Obama. I am in disbelief that countless college students, and probably many older and younger, get their news and political thoughts from the loons on Comedy Central. I am fascinated by how many religious folk would vote for someone who is pro-abortion, pro taxes, and wants to decrease defense spending. I just thought they’d think like I do, and would prefer to have righteous church leaders distribute volunteered donations to those who are in need. But, I digress. I was obviously making assumptions that simply were incorrect.
I naively thought everyone knew what socialism, Marxism and communism are. I thought everyone would be afraid of those things. I forgot that the schools don’t teach that anymore. I forgot that most people didn’t grow up with a father who was tortured, starved, and beaten by Japanese Imperialist (look that up) soldiers for 4 ½ years during a world war, and who never wavered in his patriotism for this great country. I forgot that a lot of parents don’t discuss our Constitution, politics and world history and personal responsibility with their children (I am hoping that we did it often enough). And, I really had no clue that everyone wasn’t aware of what President Ezra Taft Benson was before and during the time he was an LDS apostle and the warnings he sent out.
I just didn’t know. Now I do. Now it is time to educate. Or, way too soon, the opportunity will be passed.