What A Country! (A Brief Political Note)

As some of you know, I am a fairly conservative Republican in the mold of Reagan.  My intellectual influences are the likes of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell.  I did everything I could given a fulltime job, a young family, and a blogging habit to see a Republican elected in 2008.

I believe Barack Obama to be a dishonest politician, a shell of a man with little character, who is now in way over his head and will likely plunge this nation into some of the worst crises we have faced.  I disagree with him fundamentally on philosophy, and on many of his policies, and do not trust him.

Having said that… as an immigrant, and an ethnic minority myself, I simply cannot help but marvel at the United States of America.  A significant majority of my fellow citizens have chosen to elect to the highest office in the land a man who a generation ago couldn’t have gotten served at a restaurant, or stayed in some hotels.  Those ancient prejudices have been wiped out in a matter of forty-some years.  Somewhere, there is no doubt that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is smiling at this turn of events.  They chose a man whose father is a foreign national, who is in our immigrant parlance, a second-generation American.  They chose a man who did not come from privilege, from the ancient political families, with all the money and advantages of ancient and modern nobility.

In what other nation on Earth is this possible?  None.  Not one.

So even as I dread the next four years politically and economically, even as I gear up to fight the Social Democrats as much as I can in my small way, and even acknowledging that I believe all of you in the 63 million who voted for Obama made a tremendous mistake… I congratulate you all.  I congratulate us all.  Even those of us who voted against him, and will fight against his policies, are part of what is simply the greatest country ever.

Mr. Obama is not Hope and Change.  But you are.  We all are.  America itself is.

May God keep and bless Her always.

-rsh

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