Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Let's Get Cracking!!
The Lovely Mona and I were up late last night, watching the returns and waiting to hear President-elect Obama's acceptance speech. I had to get up early for our Wednesday Eucharist with Healing. The mood at the parish was jubilant; people were so happy that Obama won and by such a high margin. People offered prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for Obama and the U.S.A. and several people said "This is the work of God!" Today is also a holiday here in Panama (we're celebrating the day the folks in Colón learned that Independence from Colombia had happened) so I came home right after church. A neighbor came by to congratulate us on our new president. People are very happy about this. Let me tell you, this did not happen in 2000 and 2004!
So just to make sure I wasn't too happy, I visited the reasserters at that blog with a Bible verse for its title. I'm sure you will not be too surprised to learn that they are very sad and see this as The End of the Republic. Posters there actually claim to believe that by electing Barack Obama president, the nation has turned its back on God and will suffer the consequences! Because, you know, God has just been showering the U.S. with blessings for the past eight years!!!/ snark
And while I have very upset that the folks in California decided that its better to make life comfortable for chickens rather than allow Gays to marry (wadda bunch of morons. Why on earth couldn't they agree to both? I am so ashamed of my home state!!!), I think that, overall, the people of the U.S. have rejected the authoritarians. They are tired of being bullied by fundamentalists of both political and religious nature. The folks at the so-called orthodox blogs are going to spend a lot of time rationalizing their loss and trying to explain that people really didn't know what they were doing and actually want to be bullied by mean white men, but it's over. People are ready to move on, people are tired of being frightened into doing what the bullies want, people are simply tired of being told that those at the top deserve everything and that the economy will fall apart unless the poor are extorted to keep the rich on top. Eight years of authoritarian Republican rules, eight years of authoritarian right-wing values and policies have destroyed this country and the people finally said "enough."
Just as our brothers and sisters in San Joaquin and Pittsburgh are rebuilding their dioceses, the people of the U.S.A. must now work together to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, political system, trust, and prestige in the world. There's a lot of work ahead of us; let's get cracking!
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