It’s my last post before the election. Primarily because the election is this Tuesday. And I feel very anxious about the results of this election.
At the time that I’m writing this post, the polls are showing that this country is roughly divided evenly, about 49% in Obama’s court and about 49% in Romney’s court. That leads us to believe there’s about a 2% undecided vote that could sway the election.
Of course, it’s much more complicated than that. There’s the popular vote (which some predict will go to Romney) and the electoral vote (that others say might go to Obama). There are swing states that could go either way and independent voters that could change the vote by up to 12%.
In other words, it’s still anybody’s election. And this brings me to the point of this post.
Romney might win. And if he wins, we, as a nation, need to be prepared to move this country forward for the next four years.
I’ve made it clear that I’m voting for Romney and loosely alluded to some of the reasons why. I want him to win. And I don’t want Obama to win. Likewise, there are many people that feel the exact opposite. Not only do they want Obama to win but they don’t want Romney to win. It’s about voting FOR the candidate that you want and AGAINST the candidate that you don’t.
But let me get back to my original point. One man will win and one man will lose. And either way, on Wednesday, November 7th, we will still be one nation moving forward.
I know what happened in 2008 when Obama won. I know how I felt and how other Republicans and conservatives felt when Obama won and the only change we were hoping for was the next election four years away. But he was and is my President. He is the leader of the free world and he was elected by my fellow citizens. I may not like it but if I don’t agree with the process by which he was elected, then I don’t really understand what America is about.
This time, my hope is that Romney wins.
Actually, my hope and fear is that Romney wins.
My fear stems from the anticipated reaction that will come from those who didn’t vote for him. From those who don’t respect the fact that votes COUNT even when they don’t agree with their own.
I remember when I voted for George W. Bush for his first term and for months, people fought the idea that he had been legitimately elected President. (Remember the hanging chad debate?) We were made to feel like we had participated in the biggest scam in history were collectively to blame for any issues during that first term.
I remember when I voted for George W. Bush for a second term. There was no debate about whether or not he legitimately won. But those of us who voted for him somehow fell into the category of “idiotic, uneducated people” in our country.
Sadly, I experienced this same mentality after the primary elections last fall. On the ballot in North Carolina was a proposal to amend the North Carolina State Constitution to include a definition of marriage between one man and one woman. I was strongly against this proposal and my reasons were many. I was actually in the conservative minority by voting against it and advocated others to do the same.
The proposal unfortunately passed. I was disappointed as were many others. What bothered me the most, though, happened after the election. It was when I saw friends making statements on Facebook about how they were ashamed to live in NC and how uneducated the people were. I took offense at the statement. The implication was that someone who voted “the wrong way” must simply be an idiot.
This is where my fear comes back in. The fear that I’ll be place into a category in which I don’t belong…
Anyone who didn’t vote for Obama will be considered backwards, stupid, uneducated, narrow-minded, and any other name you can think of along those lines. And they might just become victims of violence.
Don’t believe me? Take a quick read at some of the stories circulating right now before the election.
November 3, 2012
Black Pastor Receives Death Threats For Reversing Support For Obama
October 27, 2012
CA – Vandal Keys ‘Obama’ Into 2 Cars In Alta Loma
October 25, 2012
Lake County veteran’s Mitt Romney signs, flags torched in yard
And this was just in the last two weeks. You can’t really say how serious the threats are but it is a little frightening to read tweet after tweet from Obama supporters who are continually advocating rioting and assassination of Romney if he wins the election. In all fairness, I searched for similar offenses against liberals. Most of what I found was about yard signs being stolen, which actually seemed pretty prevalent on both sides of the fence.
But how can you expect supporters to maintain composure? The news is filled with talk of “revenge” and “payback.” It’s a highly combustible situation.
So where does all of this leave us on Election Day?
It leaves half of us having to accept a President we didn’t want. We don’t yet know which half but this is a plea for civility. We’re on different sides of the same fence. If we build more gates rather than building a higher fence, we might have a chance for change over the next four years.
Get out. Vote. And respect the process, no matter who wins.