(Stolen) Signs of the Times
I'm sorry for not posting further thoughts on this popular post sooner. It was my first "Instalanche" via Ed Driscoll and, to be honest, all the attention sort of made me withdraw a little bit. Then I got the headache from Hell that lasted several days, then I was really busy. I posted a few comments on other blogs, but haven't felt up to posting here again until now. I think it was good for me to wait this long to post again because several notable things have been happening on the political scene that I would like to work into this post.
I've witnessed more of the absurdity that has been this election. I had a McCain/Palin yard sign in my front yard for about a month. It was not right by the road...it was well on my property, halfway between the road and the house. A couple of weekends ago, on a Sunday, someone had the nerve to trespass on my property and steal my sign. Another house down the street also had their McCain sign stolen. So much for free speech on your own property.
I have seen the now reluctantly famous "Joe the Plumber" have his life plundered through by Ohio state bureaucrats (who happen to be maximum donors to the Obama campaign), the media and the left-wing blogosphere. All because he was minding his business while Obama was traipsing through his neighborhood and stopped to ask Joe a question in front of the cameras. I have seen the most obscene insults aimed a Sarah Palin and seen even her Down's Syndrome son's very existence attacked. There have been even more outrages...if I tried to list them all, this post would be far too long.
I've seen the media ignore Obama's deep running ties with unrepentant, unpunished terrorists: the loathsome Bill Ayers and his disgusting wife Bernadine Dohrn. I've seen Obama's supporters dismiss these ties as no big deal. (And remember, these ties would mean that Obama could probably never pass a government security check.) They don't seem to wonder or care how much dangerous people like Ayers are pulling Obama's strings.
Like I said in the "Cold Civil War" post, the country seems hopelessly divided right now. There was a very good discussion in the comments due to the link from Ed Driscoll. I really hope I'm wrong about the hopelessness of the divisions in this country. Whatever the results of the election, I pray that this country can reunite and find peace. I pray that McCain will win, but if he doesn't, I assure you Obama supporters that your schadenfreude will be wasted if directed at me. I will be disappointed and concerned, but I will not despair. I will be vigilant about his policies, though.
For example, his wanting to bankrupt the coal industry is certainly alarming. It's idiotic and frightening -- half this country's energy comes from coal-run power plants. My electricity comes from such a plant...a clean coal plant. How would something this extreme affect half of this nation? What would this cost us? Obama voters should really pay attention to this.
Then there are life issues and the Supreme Court to consider. I encourage my fellow social conservatives to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. McCain may not be your ideal, but now is not the time to be quixotic. There is just too much at stake...both the life issues and other important issues.
If Obama is elected, I will pray that he will not do the damage that I think he will do. But, as I said, I will be vigilant.
Whatever happens today, I fear that there will be a lot of trouble no matter what the results. I want to be wrong about this and I pray I am. But I fear that this election is a fast-moving crazy train that's about to crash.
Whatever happens, stay safe, and may God be with us.
Update: I just had to link the following considering I have been the victim of sign-stealing: Confessions of a Lawn Sign Stealer - Huffington Post. This asshat is a college professor. He acknowledges that he is silencing free speech (although he seems dismissive of property rights -- no big surprise there), but he just doesn't care. He did it for the lulz. (Via.)
Update to the Update: The sign-stealing professor has been fired! He should have waited until he had tenure to steal signs.Posted by Susan B. at 6:35 AM to Politics