Op-Ed: Lilburn Republican 'Devastated' Post Election, But Looks to Future

However, this mom -- who took her son to vote for the first time -- turned her devastation into cautious optimism for the future. What she wants President Barack Obama to do now: Do better.

Yesterday, as I stood in line to cast my ballot with other Lilburn residents, I took pride in standing beside a particularly special 20-year old, my son, who was exercising his right to vote for the very first time.

I thought about the many conversations our family has had regarding party affiliation and why I vote the way I do. My children always laugh when I tell them I once voted for Bill Clinton, but I have assured them if President Obama had kept any of his promises from the “Hope and Change” tour four years ago, I would have considered voting for him in 2012.

Alas, four years later, he has failed to produce any positive changes and America is running out of hope so I put my trust, and the fate of our great nation, into Mitt Romney. Simply put, Obama failed as President. His polices helped designate millions of Americans to a lower standard of living, and he failed to unite while his promotion of class warfare further divided a hurting nation. Mitt Romney offered real economic solutions that would encourage job growth and unite our country, not promote food stamp lines.

As the results came in, I felt devastated. I have never been so emotionally vested in an election. Devastation gave way to fear. Fearful for my middle class family and how we will deal with the impending cost of Obamacare, estimated to cost us an additional $4,000 each year. Fearful of the president’s fractured relationship with Israel and his failed foreign policies and fearful that the America my father and grandfather fought to secure is slipping away.

Today, I am choosing to turn my fear into optimism. Now that the election is finally finished, I’m optimistic that President Obama will put aside blind partisanship and work with Congress for the betterment of America. I’m hopeful that he will address our national debt, and find a way to strengthen the economy and encourage job growth. Last, I’m counting on him to boost the middle class and realize we are what makes America strong, and that he helps end the sense of entitlement I am surrounded by every day. 

This was a hard-fought, close election, and I believe Americans issued a mandate to the president. We need him to succeed, and we need him to do better. Tonight, our dinnertime discussion will be centered on what we can do as a family to succeed during the next four years and how we can help our fellow Americans succeed.

I urge my family, friends and especially our elected officials to stand on Mark 3:24 during the next four years, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand."

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Ted Asher November 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Please name one economic solution that was offered by Mitt Romney. Just one. Over the last four years, growth is up, employment is up, stocks are up, corporate profits are up, domestic energy production is up, taxes remain (too) low, war is over, war is ending, you can keep your 20 year old on your health insurance for 6 more years, the rise of health care costs are slowing, exports are up, American cars are still being made, we are taking the solar business back from China and China is buying more stuff from us. Did I miss anything?
Dara Gamble November 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Ted, let's agree to disagree. I won't argue with you, enough arguing has already been done and it's gotten us no where. I believe when I wrote that we need to stand on Mark 3:24, and unite for a better America.
Rebecca November 08, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Thank, Dara! I have been struggling with the same post-election fear and devastation. These 4 Obama years have financially crippled my family, and I am terrified of what damage 4 more years can bring. I had hope for the first time in years, only to have it crushed by the election results. But, I will make the choice to be positive. Your positive attitude is refreshing, and I will choose to follow your lead. United We Stand!
Kyna November 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Ted, I usually do not comment on editorial posts, but I feel it necessary to address some of your points so other readers will not be confused. You asked whether you "missed anything," and the answer is a definite yes. First of all, although the overall employment rate is up, the figures are extremely misleading because they do not take into account the large increase in working-age population group. When taking that into account, the employment rate is actually down. It is also important to note that, even without the skewed figures upon which you clearly rely, FULL TIME employment is down, as well. Moreover, regarding your comment on "taking the solar business back from China"......well, you simply neglected to mention that the Obama administration is actually who can be credited with giving them the solar business in the first place.....i.e. the millions spent on solar panels that China exported to us. Finally, it is important to note that health care costs may be "slowing", but it is due to the quality of health care also "slowing."
Thare November 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Thank you! I need this "pep" talk. My husband owns his business and NO he didn't built it but his father and grandfather did over 100 years ago. I had great hope that someday my son would take over the family business someday but I am very uncertain now exactly what my family's future holds. Between the ecomony, the new taxes, healthcare, and manadates it's not clear if my husband will be able to keep the company afloat. But...my trust is in the Lord even if Romney was elected my trust would still be in the Lord first.


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