Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Reflections From the Reddest State of All

Posted by Mark on November 16, 2008


People keep asking me how I “feel” following the election of Barack Obama, and the worst defeat for the Republican Party in a long time.

First, a sense of pride that Oklahoma is one of only two states to vote entirely Republican by county. For the first time in history, Republican Conservatives control both houses of the Oklahoma legislature. It should make for a bright economic future for the State, if they remember they are Conservatives first, Republicans second.

Second, I feel a sense of real dread for the future of the country. The Democrat Party today has forgotten 9/11. I fear our enemies will send a vivid reminder as Obama and the Left dismantle the safeguards put in to place by President Bush and his administration.

Third, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for President Bush. I know that’s not a popular sentiment these days, but I believe future historians will treat him far more kindly, far more realistically, than the current generation.

Finally, I see the coming two years as a watershed moment for Conservatism. Can we continue to use the Republican Party as the vehicle to promote our agenda? Or like a car with too many miles, is it time to trade it in on a new Party of our own?  For now, I’ll continue to put my money on the Republican Party. But, like that old jalopy, it’s time for a 100,000 mile checkup. It’s time for Conservatives to reclaim the mantle of the Grand Ole’ Party.

2 Responses to “Reflections From the Reddest State of All”

  1. patriciaaanderson said

    I remember my personal feelings and reflections on Oklahoma during the election as well. I remember thinking that it was an amazing thing to see that it was in the 40th percentile for vote tally that votes of Barack Obama came in! While that was not enough to turn this red state blue, it was an amazing statment that was worth noting–not everyone in Oklahoma was a conservative Republican! 🙂

    Personally, I can’t believe that you as the intellect that you are would buy in to the negativity that you’ve expressed herein, over the election of President – elect Obama and feel a sense of dread, something so overwhelming–nor that you would make a blanket statement that the Democrats have forgotten an event like 9/11. That, to me was just so narrow minded, Mark.. and such a judgemental and false statement that I can’t even begin to fathom the depths of it.
    How does ANYONE make that kind of judgement about someone else.. how COULD anyone? 9/11 was an event, that will shape the world and humanity for many many years to come.. writing itself into history as one of the most infamous moments in the American memory, along side of Pearl Harbor. Yet you say here, that a whole segment of people have forgotten it?

    I don’t get it. I just really don’t.
    I expected the great minds to remain courteous and remain open minded, despite their stunning loss at the polls in this election.
    I guess that was too much to ask for.

    In any case… not EVERYONE in Oklahoma feels the same as Mark does. 40% of Oklahoma didn’t feel that way and cast their votes for President-elect Obama… we stayed up late that night to watch the polls come in and to watch the concession speech of McCain and the victory speech of President-elect Obama with a sense of pride and a sense of hope for the changes of the future. Many Oklahomans campaigned hard for the Obama Team and were proud of themselves, their nation and their candidate on November 4th.

    What has been a less than proud moment here in Oklahoma of course, has been the ridiculousness by some on the conservative side following the election and its effects, particularly on the children in the schools. Words, fights, things that have divided them one against another that most assuredly are learned in the homes! When a child goes to school and says to another child that “Obama is a baby killer.” or “Obama is the antichrist.” or “Obama’s election is bring the rapture and tribulation..” and other various and sundry ridiculousness…THEN, you betcha–we have a real problem–a very very REAL PROBLEM and it may in fact, be bigger then the problem of 9/11. 9/11 killed thousands in a day. Hate, however.. has been known to kill millions in the past and to effect generations forward.

    I suggest, that if you want to address that which really *SHOULD* be dreaded and feared.. you look to that.. the growing hate that we are breeding in the generations that are so fragile and deserving of a better world and a better outlook! We can talk politics all day long.. but its going to be worth NADA in the end.. if we destroy these kids in the meantime, by building up their walls.

  2. Mark said

    Your response takes me back to the early days of LJiC. I’ll reply as time permits, or I’ll just drop by and we can have this discussion in person…I can do that now. 🙂

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