Will make history. At the end of the countdown, this country will be on its way to having either its first African American President, or its first female Vice President. Either way, it will be the dawn of a new political day. However, anything can happen in the time between now and Inauguration Day in January 2009. The only thing we know for sure is that George W Bush will no longer occupy the White House.
I wonder how Americans will vote this year. For instance:
- They may vote their “wallets” and elect Obama
- They may vote their prejudices and elect McCain
- Or their security fears may bring John to the White House
- Or perhaps the minorities of this nation will bring Barack to power
In any case, the greater underlying fear some have is that the President will not live out his term. Either one!
The scenario I fear most is not that McCain dies in office and that Sarah Palin takes over—although that does evoke some concerns—but rather that Obama dies in office—prematurely and at the hands of a radical—and that the country is thrown back into a turmoil not seen since 1968 with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Biden as president becomes a non-issue as he would be overshadowed by events, at best, marginalized. Neither scenario is a good one.
At the same time, neither scenario is a good reason to not elect either man, nor is fear of a particular scenario good reason to elect either man. That said, Sarah Palin cancels out Joe Biden, and vice versa. The race comes down to McCain and Obama and their merits for holding the highest office.
America will get the leader it asks for, and the consequences may reveal the short-sightedness of the request. It reminds me of how Israel asked for a King and Saul was appointed over them: “now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” (1 Samuel 8:5b)
Wow! How can I say such a thing?!?!?! Well, I say this having voted for George W Bush—twice. And obviously, many Americans voted for him as well. And we got what we asked for.