Sunday, February 10, 2008

Now what?

My regret about this election year is that I didn't do enough to help Mitt Romney get the Republican nomination. Since I'm working full-time and going to school full-time, I didn't get to express in my blogs half of my thoughts and feelings when he was running. Sure, I'm just one obscure person, and I'm sure not many actually read my blogs, but I could have done more. But, alas, I find myself in the deep South where anti-Mormon sentiment runs as deep as the South. I talked about Mitt any chance I got with anyone who would listen, and I even got a few to jump on the Mitt-wagon. But, many held that they just could not vote for a Mormon. Maybe in the future, after all, who would have thought Barack Obama would get over 56% of the votes to Hillary's 42% in Alabama. Maybe we're finally getting over racism.

Well, the question for 2008 is, now what? In the general election, do I vote for McCain, with whom I have many differences, particularly on immigration. Do I vote for a Democrat? That would certainly mean nominating judges who will further the liberal agenda of abortion and homosexual marraige. I've told several people around me now that Mitt's out, I will vote for Obama. But if Hillary's the Democratic nominee, well, I don't think I'll venture too far from home on election day. I don't think I can bring myself to vote for an independent. First of all, they don't have a chance to win and secondly, there's usually only one or two things on their agendas. Well, we've got nine months till the general election. Maybe in that time we can sort out who the best candidate will be. To be honest, I think the country is fed up with Republicans for now and I really don't see how McCain could beat either Democrat. It will be interesting to see how 2009 will begin. Well, let's get through 2008 first.

Personally, I've decided that I'm going to work on myself for 2008. I'm not where I once was spiritually and I'd like to get back there. I'm almost done with my Bachelor's in Nursing, and I'll immediately go into the Master's program in the summer. I'd like to strengthen my relationships with my family members. Leah and I are planning to go on a cruise this summer, we are so excited and can't wait to have our first real vacation after four years of marriage. I'm working on living a healthier lifestyle (gotta look good for the cruise!). So, there's a lot to do to keep myself occupied. Much more to life than politics and government (Leah will be glad I'm less preoccupied with it now, I know I drive her crazy). I think what I need to do the most is to live for now. I'm always thinking about the future. When the future gets here, it's not enough and I focus on something else in the future. It's a terrible cycle I keep myself in. Sure, I'll plan for the future and have goals, but I'm not going to allow myself to miss out on what's going on now because I'm too concerned about what's down the road.
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