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Mourning the Loss

I just watched Mitt Romney deliver his concession speech, and it was typical of the man: gracious, elegant, forgiving, wise.

Wow, have I come to respect and admire and, dare I say, love my party’s nominee.  He was never my choice, but the more I learned about him, the more convinced I became that — if my country were to have a rescuer — it would be Mitt.

Now as reflection and recrimination and retrospect-ing goes forward, I have to say, I cannot be as gracious in defeat.  I thought we’d be contesting (the MessNBCers were sure shrieking that all night, convinced that the Repubs would steal it! and warning the country that they’d be on top of the legal wrangle that was sure to follow)!  I guess the man who wouldn’t rub the President’s nose into Benghazi & Fast and Furious, couldn’t stomach prolonging this.  Was Romney too decent?  No Democrat thought so.

There won’t be rioting in the streets, just because a corrupt Chicago hack cheated and charmed his way back into the Oval Office.  That’s to be loved about my country.  Although I remember being threatened with just that if the incumbent didn’t win out.  If only someone on his side would explain that logic to me!

Lanny Davis said this should make the President humble, to see that he has no “mandate”, and that, as a country, we are as divided as we were four years ago.  That red and blue are still split.  That, in the interests of preserving our nation, he should make significant gestures to the right side of the aisle.

Yeah, I’m not holding my breath.  I cannot bear to listen to his victory gloat, as  I fear the only gesture he’ll be making is the same one a number of celebs made on Twittter last night towards half their former fanbase.  Since I’m not a Romney, I can cheerfully say: Backatcha, assjacks!

But now I’ve dried my eyes.  I sigh, and bow my head, and remember that Americans don’t shirk a challenge.

So bring it on.

 

26 comments to Mourning the Loss

  • Daniel Crandall

    In this nation’s distant past, Americans didn’t shirk a challenge. Now, I’m not so certain.

  • El Gordo

    “That’s to be loved about my country.”

    Well, half of it anyway.

  • Daniel Crandall

    “I said … Kneel! … Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? … You crave subjugation…. You were made to be ruled.” – President Loki spoke, and American voters went down on bended knee.

  • Dr. Schplatt

    I used to be opposed to a Republican party split, but after this hookempucky, I’m not exactly sure where I am anymore.

  • Magnus Caseus Formatis

    It’s not “Morning in America,” anymore, is it?

    I know we can keep our chin up, pretend that elections don’t affect us; but this one will. I mourn for the murders of the millions of unborn, the just born, the elderly and the disabled who will soon become “too expensive,” or, “inconvenient.” I despair for the loss of the rule of law as the issues of “Fast & Furious,” Bengahzi, The New Black Panthers, vote fraud, and many more will be swept under the rug, as President Pantload continues to wipe himself with the Constitution. My heart is heavy for the future of our children and grandchildren who will be paying the bill, for their entire working lives, for liberal economic policies, as the dream of economic liberty (and thus, liberty itself) turns to vapor before their eyes. I mourn for the nation of Israel, who has lost the only ally it ever had.

    It’s taken decades of political greed, among the elected and the electorate, to get us to this point. The corner has been turned. We’re now cresting the hill, and there’s nothing below but a slippery slope to slavery, and no way to stop, short of short of divine intervention, or armed rebellion.

    From Samuel Adams: “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom—go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” BarryO, and those that voted with you, Adams was speaking to you.

  • Wankette, that’s some great writing. I wish I had your poise. I know I lack your talent. I agree with all you wrote about Mitt Romney. It’s the first time I ever smiled at the name I was choosing on a Presidential ballet. He is a great man. A man in full.

    • Dr. Schplatt

      I was really lukewarm on the guy when he won the primary, but the more I heard him speak, researched his life, checked out his factual record and read his words, the more impressed I became.

  • From Instapundit:
    READER ZACH WHITE EMAILS: “If Obama is reelected, good hardworking people should give up and go Galt. The tipping point is the 2012 election. Will the makers finally succumb to the takers? It’s pointless to think that if America reelects the most unqualified disastrous president in recent memory, we should stand our ground and continue fighting. it’s a signal that marxist free-lunchism and free birth control for everyone trump economic well-being and prosperity in the minds of the masses. Give up. Go Galt. Protect what few assets you have left, and start to hunker down for the coming storm. America is beyond screwed, well past the fiscal insanity of a number of EU countries. Think of it this way – we sit and watch California destroy itself and wonder who could be so foolish as to remain there and dedicate himself to indentured servitude in a state headed for disaster. Why don’t those fools just leave!! Same for Venezuela. as they descend into chaos and totalitarianism, do they reject Chavez more? The answer is plainly no. The spiral down the drain is irreversible and obvious. The more the government creates misery, the more they create programs to help people cope with the misery they’ve created, and we achieve a perpetual negative feedback loop. My advice is simple – if Obama is reelected, get a lawyer and a financial advisor, cash out as much of your assets as you can, and prepare yourself for a nosedive off a cliff. anything else would be imprudent and irresponsible to yourself and your dependents. Who wants to be a Dagny Taggart dedicating themselves to a life of indentured servitude trying to correct the wrongs of a heavy handed government? i will not be volunteering. I didn’t give up on America, America gave up on me.”

  • Novelist Sarah Hoyt:
    “We’re not a country of land or blood. We’re a country of beliefs. If we’ve lost that, who are we? Who am I? And where do I go?”

  • Mighty Skip

    “Lanny Davis said this should make the President humble, to see that he has no “mandate”, and that, as a country, we are as divided as we were four years ago. That red and blue are still split. That, in the interests of preserving our nation, he should make significant gestures to the right side of the aisle.

    Yeah, I’m not holding my breath.”

    Neither am I. Having a discussion right now with a Facebook liberal after I said I hope Obama can pull us through to which she responded as long as Republicans stop being obstructionist. So now I asked her to clarify what that means. She insists she doesn’t mean complete acquiescence but we’ll see what she says.

  • -fritz-

    Was there an election yesterday? The status seems strangely…QUO!

  • G-MAN

    About the only thing that will wake up the other half of Amerika is a hard slap in the face. Boehner should give the dems everything they ask for, allow the country a very hard crash and then start to pick up the pieces during the mid-terms.

  • -fritz-

    America has soiled itself. Yesterday we forgot to wipe!

  • G-MAN

    In 2008, there were 62 million fools who voted. Yesterday only 60 million. Is that the silver lining?

    • Stephanie

      2 million or McCain voters stayed home…why Romney’s a Mormon. Bigotry…really….because fixing our problems takes second place to stereotypes and lies.

  • Tink in Cali

    Well, you’re ahead of me, Wankette, I haven’t dried my eyes yet. Maybe tomorrow.

    • Stephanie

      I haven’t dried my eyes either. I go between being enraged to bawling. If I hear one more person say the words Hope or Persevere I will beat them with their own arms. I am serious. SERIOUS!

  • One-time RF3D guest and friend Chris Hammell, tellin’ it like it is …

    This election validates a lot of unsavory things … the first of which is the liberal media…which is now even more emboldened to manipulate the American people and protect “thier guy” while denigrating Republicans out of office (Murdoch, Aiken) or contention (Romney). This election validates that it’s no small miracle a Conservative gets elected anymore and that’s extremely frightening. This election validates all the corruption, incompetence, gaffes and misstatements by the obanana/biden monarchy in which they’ve gotten away with virtually no scrutiny. This election validates that you can successfully run with absolutely no stated plan to the American people. That said, this election also validates dishonesty, lying, higher taxes, unfair distribution of wealth, unconstitutional healthcare, scaring the elderly, gay marriage, free contraception, free mobile phones … and murdering unborn babies.

    It burns me that liberals are happy and championing this day with an amoral, sick political mindset and are too stupid to realize what they’ve done by unleashing this idiot on our society for another four years. The problems with this country start with immorality first … and all the problems that stem from it second. The American people were simply careless in what they wished for and get what they deserve.

  • INFJ

    I’m o proud of my daughter’s attitude.

    So, maybe like you, I went to sleep in deep despair late last night, and woke up very early with more tears. My family left the house, and I got busy with my own thoughts and prayers, without the noise of the television. I spent a couple of hate filled hours plotting my own survival and that of my kids, and yours. But then my heart changed. This too is in God’s hands, and we just need to stay the path. Nothing has changed.

    It is no coincidence that today’s devotional reminds me of my most comforting passage, Romans 8:28. But please take a moment to read the Psalm. It is why I will head out the door today with my shoulders back and do God’s work to the best of my ability, like every day.

    I hope you can too.

    Psalm 1:1-6

    The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted.

    1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
    Nor stand in the [a]path of sinners,
    Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
    2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
    3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by [b]streams of water,
    Which yields its fruit in its season
    And its [c]leaf does not wither;
    And [d]in whatever he does, he prospers.

    4 The wicked are not so,
    But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
    5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
    6 For the Lord [e]knows the way of the righteous,
    But the way of the wicked will perish.

  • Stephanie

    I wrote this for Florida Conservatives….

    http://thefloridaconservative.com/an-open-letter-to-the-voters/

    Most democrats are too damned stupid to get the analogy.

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