The American people have clearly spoken, and I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief now that we're done. I doubt very much that Mr. Obama will ever read my words, but congratulations on his historic victory are certainly in order. He ran a masterful campaign, capitalizing on our nation's uncertainty and lack of direction that will most likely be analyzed for years to come.
While we may not be able to completely close our country's book on the racial issue, we are undoubtedly on the last chapter, and I look forward to a day when people are judged solely upon the merits of their character and principles. It's no secret that I happen to disagree with nearly all of Barack Obama's principles, and I have questioned his character repeatedly, but I am comforted nonetheless by the fact that our nation has chosen to discard the chains of discrimination.
As throngs of chanting supporters took to the streets throughout the country, many were left to quietly contemplate their disappointment. Those on the right must now come to terms with the reality of a disappointing election result that was not altogether surprising. I think most sensed the coming mandate for change that has been laid at our feet, and the result was, by and large, inevitable.
In many ways, it's probably the best thing for the Republican party. While he remains one of the finest examples of character and country, John McCain was not the new face of conservatism. We've learned that moderates do not represent the future for this party, and if the Republicans wish to carry the conservative banner in the years ahead, they must go back to the drawing board and emerge with new packaging for the proven concepts of the past.
Conservatives are seeking a reaffirmation of the ideals that form the cornerstones of our country's greatest honor: independence, liberty, self determination and an inherent sense of pride and optimism.
I am hopeful for the future, and I have no doubt the sun will once again rise over our nation. The media will now be able to report the incredible progress made in the war, and both our troops and military leadership may be given the praise they so deeply deserve. We may now rejoice in falling gas prices, the strong foundations of our economy and the promise of big brother's ever present hand in our lives. We may even begin to see a story or two that's critical of our new president-elect.
Perhaps that's a bit cynical, but I am reminded of Midas or the story of the fisherman and his wife. We must always be careful what we wish for, because from time to time, we just may receive it.
You cannot see the future with tears in your eyes — Navajo saying