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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President-Elect Barack Obama

   President-Elect Barack Obama

Congratulations to President-Elect Barack Obama on his huge election triumph.  And congratulations on a victory speech which focused on bringing America together. 

It is now evident from the results that the Obama campaign had a wonderful “ground game” in getting out their vote, that they had an incredible fund raising machine, and we know, of course, that Barack Obama is indeed an articulate and moving spokesman.

The results show something else.  America is clearly not a racist nation as has been portrayed by news commentators and by Senator Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.  America is truly a wonderful land peopled by citizens who are imperfect, yet have a long history of optimism and good will.  Politically speaking, it is now clear that being an African-American was actually a benefit to Obama being elected President.  Yes, there is a tiny minority of people in our land that engage in hatred, for that is what racism is all about.  While such racism is to be deplored, the reality is that no government can eradicate sin.  In the 1930s, Stalin boasted of the “New Soviet Man” who would be devoid of the evils of human nature, but we all know that effort failed and resulted in one of the worst tyrannies in the history of the world.  Those who seek utopia always create a living hell on earth.

A victory of the size achieved by Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress will call up the word “mandate,” but a mandate for what is the question.

It was certainly a mandate for change, but what change?

President-Elect Obama does not have a mandate for many things that are the goals of his leftish allies in Congress or those of his past friends like David Ayres and Bernadine Dorn. 

He does not have a mandate to raise taxes.

He does not have a mandate to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.

He does not have a mandate to abandon our valiant troops in Iraq or Afghanistan.

He does not have a mandate to curtail free speech by re-imposing the un-“Fairness Doctrine.”

He does not have a mandate to undermine the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

He does not have a mandate to block domestic drilling.
How do I know this?  In his words and writing, Barack Obama said he would not raise taxes, not abridge the Second Amendment, not abandon our troops, not curtail free speech by driving talk radio off the air and said he would support offshore drilling.

The fact is that Obama ran to the right in order to get elected.  He was aided and abetted in his election by an ineffective Republican nominee who ran to the left, rather down the road to victory followed by Ronald Reagan.

If Barack Obama is to unify our nation and not end up as a one-term, failed administration like that of Jimmy Carter, he must abandon his radical views of the past.  He must move to the real center of our nation—a God-fearing people who believe in America’s promise and a government of laws under the United States Constitution.  His prayer at the Wailing Wall gives some small hope that this young man will govern wisely.  Here are his words:

“Lord, protect my family and me.  Forgive me my sins and help me guard against pride and despair.  Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just.  And make me an instrument of Your will.”
If he can put behind his radical past, the Obama Administration can be a successful one.  Yes, this is hard to imagine, but we must hope and pray that this will be true.

In Romans 13:1, I am admonished by Paul to do the following:

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

I plan give my new president the respect he deserves as the duly elected leader of our nation and I intend to pray for him—for his health, his safety, and for Godly wisdom so that America may remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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