hugs Starving Artist
hugs other disappointed voters
I can relate to feeling let down by the electorate. My first ever vote was Kerry.
I think Obama does have a demonstrated history of bipartisanship – he has discussed his lament of the breakdown of trust between parties in his books, and he has promised in his acceptance speech that he will listen especially hard when the American people don’t agree with him. If he lives up to this promise, it will be a great boon to this country. I do think this is something that very strongly differentiates him from Bush, and, as such, I think it will help temper the years ahead rather than making the division stronger.
This is why I think Republicans and conservatives have little to fear from Obama. He’s not going to stand up and say, ‘‘Either you’re with us or you’re against us.’’ When YOU march on the capital, I firmly believe he will meet you at the doorstep and listen to your concerns.
I believe this because ideologically I am very similar to Obama – we are both personally very liberal, but always willing to listen. Obama has a conscience that is orientated toward the will of the people. I feel that over the last 8 years there was a complete shut out of nearly 50% of the U.S. population and our concerns. It is my fervent belief (and hope) that Obama will not shut anyone out.
(For what it’s worth, I also think McCain would have listened to the other side too. He didn’t make that evident in his campaign, but he has a long-established record of bipartisanship.)