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After the long process and high tension of the election, I feel drained. And, kind of depressed. Probably the combination of emotions is caused from missing  the stimulation of daily news and crises and worrying about the post-voting consequences. There is a sense of rising anxiety over the forward direction in the case of the future president and in the passing of Proposition 8.

With the hopes, dreams and expectations of so many being voiced, I don’t see how Obama can meet them all. He hasn’t even gotten into office and is behind the curve of public expectations. Plus, there are people who are already taking serious issue against some of Obama’s beliefs — whether they truly know them or not. Will he have a chance to make changes with this type of pressure coming at him from different places?

In time, I believe gay people will be given the same civil rights that everyone else enjoys. But, it’s difficult to visualize just how they will get to that point. It seems all their battle tactics carry some type of backlash consequences. Furthermore, the gay opposition doesn’t have a real leader. It appears they have no cogent overall plan to attain their rights. Maybe these shortcomings will soon be remedied.

In both cases, opposition was born from a spontaneous expression of social unrest. We, the troops, are formed up and ready to follow. It will take a strong leader, respected by all,  to guide us through the long war that is bound to ensue.

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A couple of days after the election and there is talk of the Obama’s being the new Kennedys.

Not that I have a problem with that. It’s that there’s always a tendency to find a similarity somewhere in history, so we can grasp our present condition.

The present isn’t completely allowed to speak for itself. But, it’s comforting to know that the similarity is a positive one. Maybe looking back and comparing helps many of us accept what is now.

Although, history or not, some are not accepting. One friend mentioned “mourning” the outcome of the election. Then said the bright spot in the days following the election was that Prop. 8 passed.  I’m pretty sure that there are a multitude of good people who feel this way.

Yet, it’s ironic. We have finally accepted and voted for a leader from a group overcoming discrimination, and then voted to discriminate against another group. Why do we do this? Who’s in and who’s out?

Looking back again in history for a similarity — Is anyone reminded of those boys who cobbled together a clubhouse out of cardboard and painted a “NO GIRLS ALLOWED” sign on the door flap? Or the country clubs who have written “no Jews allowed” into their policies? So many other examples can be brought to mind, as well, ranging from the banal to horrific.

Again one must wonder, why did we do this? Why do we continue to do it?

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Today, I read an account in the paper of a woman who, because of the election, suffers. She has anxiety, and near panic. She can’t sleep. She spends her time on the computer reading election polls and news items about the election. This is me I thought!

Then, I read she is a Republican.

This gave me food for thought. Could Republicans be so terrified of Obama? And, if they are, I’m guessing the couple of years of the forwarded email about Obama being a threat to America — a Muslim with Muslim schooling and a Muslim name — may have led to this feeling of terror.

And, there has to be credit given to Palin for her contribution about Obama “pallin’ around with terrorists.”

Obama recognizes that people have been subjected to “politics that would divide a nation just to win an election; that tries to pit region against region, city against town, Republican against Democrat; that asks us to fear at a time when we need hope.”

If Obama wins, I hope that people will soon lose their fears about him. I want to see this country united again. I hate feeling that a mention of one party or another may cause anger to enter into a conversation or a relationship — even between family members.

Please, dear God, let it be as Obama has said: “We are ONE nation.”

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How is it possible for a candidate to lie, exaggerate, and exhibit bizarre actions and still be in the running?

With almost 83-90 percent (depending on the poll) of our country saying we are on the wrong track, how can there be such a close presidential contest when one of the candidates is almost a carbon copy of Bush?

Every poll says Obama is ahead. Yet, words of caution always follow. It’s too early (11 days to go) to count McCain out. Really?

His campaign has considerably less money than Obama’s, hasn’t been able to focus on a consistent message, has a vice president with a big question mark, and is managed chaotically.  But, news sources say he can turn things around and win the election?

Unbelievable.

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And, hunching up my shoulders, as if expecting to be pummeled.  Actually, I am anticipating the VP debate. Fearful of hoping for the best. Afraid of experiencing the worst. Grasping at every little thing that seems optimistic or some kind of “sign”.

A friend sent the following:

The Economist is a weekly British news magazine with a financial-conservative outlook. Its readership probably tends to have better than average education and knowledge of world affairs. It has undertaken a worldwide online voting process between Barack Obama and John McCain. The voting procedure is American-style: each country is allotted a number of electoral votes determined by its population. The voting is still continuing and you can participate if you wish.

The outcome thus far is astounding: the only “country” with a majority for McCain is Andorra, with 3 electoral votes. The rest of the world votes overwhelmingly for Obama. Considering the type of voters likely to be participating, that is astounding! Draw your own conclusions… http://www.economist.com/vote2008

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