Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Christopher Thatcher - A Post of Passion

"I'm moving to Canada." - about fifty facebook statuses

First off, moving to Canada hasn't ever been a good strategic choice. Today is no different.

Obama got elected, and a lot of people I know are freaking out about this. I'm just going to lay out how I feel right now and let you all sort through whatever happens.

I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. I can not and will not believe that my personal beliefs about politics outweigh the personal convictions and political ideals of any other individual in this country. I think I'm smart, but I love that my vote counts just as much as anyone else's.

Our electoral system elected Obama. If you have a problem with the results of this election you have a problem with the constitution and the fundamental beliefs that this country was built upon. Because no matter who you voted for, we as a people have elected our next president.

If the voice of the people had come in for McCain, and somehow someone other than McCain was our president, I'd be heartbroken. The exact same goes for Senator Obama. Even if I was the hardest and most intense McCain supporter in the world, I would rather see the voice of the people go satisfied instead of my own personal desires.
I believe in the American system more than I believe in my own ability to choose the best leader for my country. America was built upon this sacrifice. We're built upon the idea that anyone's individual desires are not greater than the will of the people as a whole.

This isn't about me and what I know. This is about all of us and what we have come together to decide. I believe this is the best way. That's what the founding fathers believed.

In conclusion, America has spoken. Like it or not, this is the way things are. I think we can all take tonight to be upset and to cry and to invest in Asian markets. But by tomorrow morning I expect to see a country that is ready to wake up and work for a better future. This is the American system. I believe in it and support it. No matter who the president is, we have a responsibility to honor that office and to work as individuals to make our country better.

So I'm going to wake up and get an education. I'm going to work hard for me, my family, my beliefs, and for the American economy. I'm going to make things better by being a good guy. I'd do that no matter who was elected.

Be you red or blue, we have our next president. He's not the democrat's president and he's not the republican's president, but he's the president of the American people. Party lines don't exempt you from being American.

I rejoice in the greatness of our system. I rejoice that it's still working. I don't care how you feel about Obama, I only care how you feel about America. Do you believe in the system? Do you have faith in what we were built upon?

I know this will get me into trouble. But it's how I feel. I believe in America, and I would no matter who was elected. Thanks for reading, my politically charged friends.

-Christopher "I love the closed ballot!" Thatcher


Nick said...

Way to be, Chris. Way to be.

Anonymous said...

Well stated. Like President-Elect Obama said, we are not the red states of America or the blue states of America. We are the United States of America. God bless America and may God bring our troops home safely.

Jaron Frost said...

I think I agree with you. Obama's the prez now, and I think I can live with that. Truth is, either guy would have been a great leader... otherwise, they wouldn't have gotten as far as they did. I hope he does lots of great stuff for us like he promises. I'm okay with how it turned out.

As for the electoral college thing... it's weird, to me. Just going by popular vote would be all messed up too, since it's always a 1% difference (at least that's how it seems to be), but it's like... the electoral college makes each state a win or lose, all-or-nothing situation, whether 90% of that state voted democrat or 51% of that state voted democrat. I guess the system we have works well enough, but some part of me thinks there must be a better/more fair way of doing it. We just don't know what it is yet. But what do I know. Politics aren't my thing.

Jason said...

Thanks for not being ignorant

Combat Kyle said...

I only disagree with this statement:

"If you have a problem with the results of this election you have a problem with the constitution and the fundamental beliefs that this country was built upon."

Just because I'm unhappy with the way things turns out doesn't mean I have a problem with the constitution. I have a problem with the man.

I love our constitution, and I'm glad that it offers the nation a chance to choose its leader. Just because I think we chose poorly doesn't mean I'm unpatriotic. The system works, and our foundation is solid. I will proudly support whoever America chooses to be our president as my nation's leader. I will say though that if I went to school with him, we probably wouldn't be friends. And that's okay. I'm not unpatriotic for saying such, just a human with personal likes and dislikes.

Chris, great post, I agree wholeheartedly that we ought to stand together as Americans and support our new President. Just don't call me a constitution-hater, and we're cool.

Rebbie Becky said...

Yay for freedom!! Thank you for being a good sport and stating your opinion in a formal manner!! You're pretty epic...

Anonymous said...

Amen Thatcher!