Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The high road is less traveled

What do we do now? Most of us were consumed by the 24-hour election news cycles. Like most who blog about politics, I devoured the stuff. Fodder. Gimme. Gimme more.

It was easy to bash George W. Bush. Easier still to take on the whack job, Sarah Palin. Although, I did have a soft spot in my heart for McCain.

And, I must admit, I liked banging on the incompetents in the GOP.
Rich targets.

But that changed when Obama won. He’s taking the high road. Inviting former enemies to join his team. For me to continue blasting away is counter-productive. After all, we want him to unite our country. He is the best chance America has had in decades.

I’m going to try to follow my leader. I’ll try to hush.

I hope we can all stop the assaults, verbal and written. Give this nation a chance to heal.

At a family dinner last week, we were discussing this very thing when someone at the table blurted out: “I’m ready for Obama to tell me what to do. I’m ready to pitch in. I’m ready to work.” Our nation is in trouble. Shared sacrifice.

That’s the spirit.


Ken Martin said...

What happened at your table is, I hope, happening all over the country. It certainly feels that way in Austin. The times, they are a-changing.

PS: My blog's operational again at (sorry for the stupid long address).

Anonymous said...

Great notes on Obama..I think we are ALL ready for some peace. Mike

Anonymous said...

I still have withdrawal...but I applied for a job with the Obama administration -- Sharon

The South Plainsman said...

Makes good sense to me. He is our President. Policy criticism should be fine, but personal attacks should be off the table.

We are in deep trouble economically, and it is everybody's fault. Now everybody is going to have to pull together to get through it.

Anonymous said...

We just need to hunker down. The worst is yet to come!

sph said...

What is the stage just past hunker down?

Here is one unconfirmed list of some stores that informed the Security Exchange of closing plans between October 2008 and January 2009.

Circuit City stores... not sure how many or where??

Ann Taylor 117 stores nationwide are to be closed

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, and Catherine's to close 150 store nationwide

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down all stores

J. Jill closing all stores

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January
Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing 82 stores now and 105 after January

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores now and will close more after January

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ (New Brunswick)

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley closing all stores

Pacific Sunware closing stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing 12 stores

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Loews to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight, your plea is for a more civil, conciliatory tone while labeling Sarah Palin a 'whackjob' on the way out the door. Good start.

So for those of us who actually admire the Governor from Alaska, we are now to dummy up and praise the almighty Obama? The community organizing demagogue who said much on the trail that he never meant but knew that his sheep would swoon over such pablum as "Yes we can" and "We are the change we've been waiting for." Ummm...Ok. Fine. The adults lost. The lunatics now get to run the asylum. Have at it. It is going to take more than catchy bumper stickers to deal with the Middle East.

Sarah Palin is many things but she is no fool. Joe Biden is a fool. And he is now a heartbeat away from the Presidency. The man could give a ten minute answer to "how would you like your eggs?" But not at Kate's, Joe, that spot's been closed awhile.

George Phenix said...

The Republicans coined the whackjob phrase. I am just being agreeable.

But -- did you see her turkey pardon interview on TV? She lived up to her advance billing.

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