I held off my post-election column last week, just allowing the feeling to settle in.
Four more years. Wow.
I knew Mitt Romney was a long-shot but I really felt he had a chance.
It may come as a surprise to some of you, but I'm not going to bash President Obama. Not directly anyway. I think he's a good father, a good husband and probably a good man who believes his way is the right way for the country. And apparently the East Coast, West Coast, and a few places in between, including Iowa, agreed.
But I just don't get it. Well, I take that back, I do get it. He's promised a lot of things to a lot of people. He's promised to take care of those who refuse to do anything for themselves. He's set himself up as some kind of modern-day Robin Hood, taking from the rich to make sure those who can work but don't want to aren't forced to.
Before everyone freaks out, I'm not talking about the elderly, or sick or disabled. I'm talking about those who continue to bleed the system dry and refuse to stand on their own two feet.
While Romney was made out to be the angry rich guy, the fact that he's far more suited to jump start the economy because - oh yeah - he's done it before, apparently fell on too many deaf ears.
He was made out to be a non-caring person, despite the fact that he and his family have given huge sums of money to charitable works.
I can't say for certain what kind of President he would have been, but I am confident he understands business, budgets and turning bad situations into winning opportunities. He has a proven history of doing it.
Now the Republicans are spending their time tearing him down, blaming him for the loss. Hey morons, you picked him. You had a huge, diverse field and this is the guy you chose. He put his best foot forward. He offered solutions to problems as the questions were posed to him. Why not jump on the Republicans who didn't come out to vote if you want to scream at someone.
Now we have the controversy surrounding Benghazi to occupy the national consciousness for a while, and deservedly so. It is my opinion the American people were deliberately lied to and I would like to know why SEALS were told to stand down rather than rescue our citizens. That needs to be answered. There's a lot that needs to be answered.
I understand the timing of Hurricane Sandy was poor as it dropped in the final stages of the campaign effort, but why is FEMA not responding with any kind of urgency to these coastal communities that were battered and torn?
Where do we go with the Israel situation as tensions and fire fights grow more common and more deadly? Will America stand by Israel or will we cave once again in the face of political correctness?
Where will our economy go? The morning following the election, we saw a 300-point drop on Wall Street. Will things go up or down now that the election is settled?
How will Obamacare impact the medical industry, in particular those of us who rely on quality, rural healthcare?
Will we continue to downsize our military and cut budgets as the rest of the world demonstrates continued aggression against America and its allies?
What was President Obama whispering to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was caught on a live mic by accident?
Sounds like a Soap Opera. But when the Soap Opera is over, a TV can be turned off and all the problems chalked up to the creative mind of a writing team. Unfortunately, there is no ability to turn things off, and we certainly can't chalk anything up to someone's vivid imagination.
At this point all we can do is pray like the future of this country and its people are in the hands of God. Because in all honesty, it is. And whether you believe in God or not, it always has been.
When you pause for a moment for prayer as you gather around the table for Thanksgiving, make sure to offer up thanks for our great country and wisdom for our leaders.