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The Election is over...and we are still HERE!

The Statue of LibertyWell...the election is finally over and I can say unequivocally that I am very proud to be a citizen of this incredible experiment called Democracy. I am NOT a Red American or a Blue American but an American! Once again, we have proved that we are one of the few countries that can witness the peaceful exchange of power in spite of all the rhetoric, impassioned argument and yes even the mud-slinging. I have not spoken out much and this will be my only political post but I was very impressed by what I saw last night.

Watching John McCain speak, I was impressed by his complete calm and straight forward talk about the campaign and election.His no nonsense quelling of the initial boos during his speech was an indication of his will to take his defeat with dignity and class that has rarely been seen in recent years from ANY politician on either side of political thinking. He spoke about coming together as a nation and made it clear that he wasn't undermining Obama's chances to lead. He was so articulate regarding his praise and concession but most of all his insistence that as Americans, we WORK TOGETHER to overcome the challenges that face us ALL, "Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt, many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight that I will do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face,"I urge all Americans who supported me to join not only in congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and honest effort to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences." John McCain proved to our country and the world that he is a man of honor and self respect and that he values his love of our country and his service to our way of living above all else.

President Elect Obama's speech was more sober than I would have first imagined but as has been the case all along, his words, though eloquent, were grounded in the reality of the enormous hardships and challenges that we as a nation face together. "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president too. "This is our time to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can." I tend to be a skeptic at times but Obama seems to be just as much a patriot acs McCain. His statements are admirable sentiments and in the future we will learn if they can be turned into reality with the involvement of all of us as a nation.

Today is Wednesday, November 5th 2008 and it's great to be an American. I did not get everything I wanted out of this election (no one ever does) but I am proud to be a part of a political system that allows us to disagree (sometimes vehemently) and still move forward TOGETHER. It's now about 7:50am here in Texas and I am headed out for a morning run. After that, I am going to work because we have a lot to do ahead of us and it's time to get cracking. We will have to wait and see where this will take us all but again, I am still amazed at the way our great nation works and have to agree with the words of Tim Russert, "What a country!"

 

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93 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • November 05 2008 10:21AM

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Russell - yep, we are still here, but, the day is still young;^)

Posted by Mike Saunders - Athens, Ga & Surrounding Communities (Keller Williams Realty - Greater Athens) over 2 years ago

Russell,

I was appalled that McCain's supporters would boo him during his concession speech. He obviously has more class than some of those people. In every election we have winners and losers, and being a gracious looser shows that you are no rank amateur. I want the best for this country and I hope that we become a purple nation, not radically divided red and blue. Have a great run and a wonderful week!

;)

 

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) over 2 years ago

So...who did you vote for? You are ether a very gracious loser or a subdued winner...

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) over 2 years ago

Yes, we are still here, but I have to say, honestly, that I am MORE nervous today than I was yesterday. 

Posted by Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (909)273-4542 Kat DeLong, Realtor Dre#01235311 (Mountain Country Realty, Lake Arrowhead. (909)-273-4542) over 2 years ago

Its a wonderful day! It is just time. And I believe it has God's blessing and God just don't make mistakes.... we will all be OK.  Barack was the best choice and the American people showed they know that.

Barack will reach across the isle, he will represent us all - he is our President and we all need to reach out and do our part.  It will work, there is no doubt, it will work.

52% of the popular vote and he will go to the center.  He is just that kind of man.  This country needs basic policy change - this financial problem that we have is going to be a heavy load (foreclosures, bankruptcies, homeless people, etc). Health care is a major issue and concern.

Barack is the leader we ALL need and now we have him. Do your part, I'll do mine and this world will be a better place.

Posted by Rosemary Brooks -Mother & Daughter (866)-543-0461 (EMBARCADERO INVESTMENTS - 866-543-0461) over 2 years ago

This is a well balance post and I admit I am a McCain supporter. I am worried but McCain's words last night gave me some comfort that maybe we are not as divided as the political machines and talk show hosts  would have us believe. I am disappointed but will take a wait and see attitude. I just want to see a change that will be good for our great country.

Posted by Lynne over 2 years ago

Very nicely said. Today is a great new day. As presidential elections go it harolds the promise of great things to come.

Posted by Downtown Portland Real Estate Broker~Herb Hamilton (RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors) over 2 years ago

I actually thought I'd feel a bit nervous now that the whole electon is over, but I must say I'm feeling rejuvinated. Today is a start of a great day and great new era here DC - the nations capitol.  

Posted by Adriana Steel (W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors (A Long & Foster Co.)) over 2 years ago

Betina - if you paid attention you would have noticed that they were not booing McCain but the outcome of the election. The booing was only when he mentioned Obama or the results.

Posted by Mike Saunders - Athens, Ga & Surrounding Communities (Keller Williams Realty - Greater Athens) over 2 years ago

Yes, it's an amazing time in American history but like Kat in California, I too am a lot more worried about the future of America than I was yesterdday.

I hope you're right, Rosemary. I hope that God is watching over us. I don't believe however, that God chose Barack Obama to be president, the people of this country did. God gave people the ability of free thought and freedom of choice. I just pray the people did not make a bad one.

Posted by Anonymous over 2 years ago

This is a horrible day for America as a nation.  Not for certain people.  Nevertheless, the Bible teaches us to pray for those in government.  I will pray for Barack that he would be open to the leading of God.  That he would champion the nation and not the rights of the few.  I'm so sad, but it's time to move on. 

Posted by Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage over 2 years ago

McCain simply did not offer enough change.  I think a younger person with vigor would have done better.  I hope Obama doesn't offer too much change.

Posted by Competitive Insurance of Dundee over 2 years ago

Hello everyone! I just got back from my run and it is gratifying to see all of the different opinions being exprassesd here! I have to go to work but promise to reply to your comments!

Mike True...but I am still hoping things get better. Actually, I stated laughing when I first read your post because there is a cynical side to me that is always lurking...

Betina Hello my friend!  I completely agree with you and was surprised at the reaction and I also have to say that we probably are a purple nation and not nearly as divided as the more extreme contingents of either part would have us believe!

Mattie Hah - Hah...I will never tell!

Kat I think we all have a right to be concerned because we face the greatest challenges of our time but if the remarks by both candidates are any indication, we may be headed for more of a "working together" solution than we have seen in a long time!

Rosemary Thanks so much for your well thought out and precise comments and as Americans I agree with your statement "Do your part, I'll do mine and this world will be a better place." Because we all have a responsibility to take part in a positive way!

Lynne I think that no matter who won, there would be nervousness and concern for what would happen next but again, I saw some good intentions last night from both sides and I hope we move forward!

Herb Thank you for your comment, It does appear that there will be a shift in thinking AND actions!

Adriana I believe you and it's good to hear that from our nation's capital!

Hello Again Mike I know Betina and do not think she was being judgmental in her remarks about the "jeers", I believe she was just agreeing with the remarks and was as pleased as I was that he quelled it right away! However, this is s great place to have a discussion so I am glad to hear from BOTH of you!

??? I am not sure who made this remark "God gave people the ability of free thought and freedom of choice. I just pray the people did not make a bad one." but I like it and hope we will make the right choices!

Larry If it is indeed a horrible day then I appreciate that you have such a good attitude and will pray for our leaders to amke the right decisions. I actually think your remarks are ppositive because you offer a good solution!

Randall I think we will have change but do hope that it is well thought out and beneficial to all of the country!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell, you have put this into a very balanced perspective. It is true that we will have to wait and see what happens but I would prefer to try and look at the positive changes may possibly take place for the benefit of all the citizens in our country!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) over 2 years ago

I too am proud to be an American and glad this is over.  Obama ran an increadible campaign.  I'm not sure any republican running against him could have won.  What's done is done.  We must move on and support Obama as we hope he supports us.  I am nervous!!

Karen David-Mohr

 

Posted by Karen David-Mohr (Prominent Title, LLC) over 2 years ago

Thanks for putting this in to perspective. I am so glad the election is finally over and look forward to something better for this country and hopefully for all of us!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Hi Russell;

This is a great day for all Americans. ONE NATION.

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira - Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 2 years ago

Russell, I hope you are right. There has been so much controversy over the last two years and the country need to pull together NOW more than ever. Our challenges seem overwhelming but if both sides can work together for the good of us all then we truly can heal the nation and have a better tomorrow!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) over 2 years ago

Well thought out and well written post, Russell.  I am going to subscribe to your blog!

 

Posted by Shirley Parks, REALTOR® - SRES (Sands Realty, Broker) over 2 years ago

It was history making, now what?  I hope for the best.  Now I can hopefully get health insurance that will not cost me an arm or a leg.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) over 2 years ago

I tend to be a skeptic at times but Obama seems to be just as much a patriot as McCain

Russell... did you truly doubt that someone who would suffer the slings and arrows of running for public office, could do so without being the ultimate patriot?

A very nice, fairly even-handed post.  I know your candidate did not win, but appreciate the conciliatory tone and willingness to withhold judgement.  i too, was impressed by McCain's speech, and the quelling of booing.  Let's hold our collective breath and move forward.  Hopefully to better times.

Posted by Alan May, Coldwell Banker Evanston Realtor®, Evanston Real Estate (Evanston Condos, Evanston Homes, North Shore Homes) over 2 years ago

Rusel Russel Russell - I'm proud not only to be an American, but to know a guy like you, Russell.  Very well articulated.  I wanted to share something here but will email you instead.  You are a good man, Russell Lewis.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Pretty Fly for an Allentown Guy (None needed;)) over 2 years ago

Russell - I sincerely wish that both candidates' campaigns had been conducted with the class that I saw from each of them last night.  Perhaps it's relief that allowed both of them to be themselves?  Either way, I applaud your post - nicely done.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 2 years ago

I sincerely hope that we all get to work to make this country what I came here for as an immigrant ..........a land of Freedom, free Enterprise, and hard work. Nothing comes to you but by hard work we all know that.

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne and Eddie McKechnie (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 2 years ago

I am so happy right now words can't explain it. I admired and was very impressed with Sen.John McCain's speech. Congratulations to the next President of the United States-Barack Obama. Great post.

Posted by Lanre"The Real Estate Farmer" Folayan DC & PG County MD homes for sale (EXIT Advance Realty-Upper Marlboro,MD (PG County MD Homes)) over 2 years ago

We are all still here, but I am more fearful for our country then ever. The country is changing and all I have to say is God Bless America.  I don't feel very secure for myself or my grandchildren.  Time will tell.

Posted by Janis Trent (Realty USA Southwest, Inc) over 2 years ago

Rosemary-If everybody do their part,we shouldn't have any problems. We are going to be alright. If we can still be here after the stuff we have been through the past eight years then we are going to be just fine.

Kat-We are going to be OK. There is nothing to worry about.

Posted by Lanre"The Real Estate Farmer" Folayan DC & PG County MD homes for sale (EXIT Advance Realty-Upper Marlboro,MD (PG County MD Homes)) over 2 years ago

Wooo Hooooo! I for one am happy with the outcome!!! This is a well written post and I know your politics (sort of) but anyone who does not know you personally would have an interesting time trying to figure out how you voted. I think you are to be commended for that and keep up the good work!

Posted by Erin over 2 years ago

Russell:  Great post!  I was sad to see those McCain supporters so ready to boo and hate, but the seeds were laid during the campaign.  It's hard to put that genie back in the bottle, but McCain tried.  His actions in the coming months will speak volumes.  As for Obama's speech, it wasn't what I expected either.  The most interesting observation I heard last night, before any votes were counted, is that America has a history of choosing great leaders in times of tremendous difficulty.  The stage is set for Obama to show us his stuff.  I really think that all Americans will benefit from this choice.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

okay Rusty, what political office are you getting ready to run for? Would you like a running mate in 2012?

Posted by Kinky F. over 2 years ago

This post is as gracious as Senator McCain's speach last night. I wonder how the election would have turned out if that John McCain had campaigned rather than the one the political and media machines created.

Posted by Beth Forbes Your 24/7 loan officer (The mortgage help you want when you need it.) over 2 years ago

Russell,  Thank you for your comments.

Several members of the Earthtribe here in Wimberley and around the world awoke early (2:00 am) to pray and mediate for what is best for the country.  My perspective is that our prayers were answered, even for those who thought a different outcome would be better.

Janis, please don't let your fears control you.  They always screw things up, and the clothes you end up wearing just don't cut it.  We need to break free of people in power manipulating us with fear.  Move towards the light of love.

If we all love one another, like those Jesus/Buddha/Mohammed folks taught, we will be . . . ah, loving each other, happier, better, and living without fear controlling us. 

Posted by Jimmy Alan Hall over 2 years ago

We're still here but you ought to hear my husband----not a happy camper today.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 2 years ago

Well, I am glad it is over and time to move on.  I was proud to be an American last night with the dignity that both candidates portrayed.  I am proud of our country for looking past the issue of Race and voting for a candidate based on what he believed.  I sincerely doubt anyone 3 years ago would have predicted that the American People would vote for an African American to be President of the United States.  We have come a long way.  Although, I didn't vote for him, I am proud of our country.   I am however nervous for what lies ahead, but it is time, more than ever, for us to all work together as one, to help folks realize the American Dream and to move forward out of these tough economic times.  Kudos to McCain and Obama for a great ending to a long and drawn out process.  Let's remember their message and all work together for a Better America!

Posted by Kim Darling Realtor,GRI, "Your Home Team" Fresno/Clovis Real Estate (Keller Williams Westland Realty) over 2 years ago

Mike,

Thanks for your vote of confidence, but I am no fool. I knew why they were booing. It was simply an immature and disrespectful thing to do during their chosen candidates final speech. They should have kept their mouths closed and given McCain the respect he deserved during his speech. That is what I was commenting on. If they were really behind him, they would realize now is the time to reach across the isle and join the team and be part of the solution. As I understand it that is what McCain planned to do, and I am sure he will still be active and try to decrease the nations political divide.

B

Russell,

I am sorry for hijacking your post. By the way they should just call you "Featured Man" as it seems every post you do gets featured. Congratulations!

;)

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) over 2 years ago

This is a very proud moment for all Americans! 

.......one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all!

I also have a new respect for those who didn't vote for our President but will stand behind him--it's a Brave New World.  God Bless America and God bless the President.

Posted by Aida Pinto "Short Sale Diva" (Pinto Realty) over 2 years ago

Anne I agree and do hope that as a country we hold our newly elected officials to their promises.

Karen I agree when you say "What's done is done.  We must move on and support Obama as we hope he supports us.  I am nervous!!" and feel like that's the mood of most of the mood people in our country but I feel more positive than many others!

Allysoun I took my cue from both candidates and look forward to what is coming next!

Anthony That is a great way to put it and we are one nation together!

Jeannette I agree that more than ever it is imperative to WORK TOGETHER to solve all of the dilemmas we face!

Shirley Thank you so much for the compliment, now I need to check out your blog!

Angelia I also hope for the best and also hope the health care crisis is solved band thought that your statement that "will not cost me an arm or a leg." Was funny and hopefully tongue-in-cheek!

Alan I truly appreciate your thoughtful comments and will probably not let anyone know how I really voted. I was just so impressed by both candidates last night and hopefully our leaders will rise to the occasion and help us get through all of this TOGETHER!

Jason You are one of my all time favorite people here and I am always flattered that you stop by and always give me something of a hard time too. (I will most certainly return the favor whenever possible!) I look forward to your email and thanks again!

Jason Bingo! You put is all in to a nutshell and I could not agree more! I think the fact that it was finally over left it open for the candidates to show some style and grace that seems to have gotten lost in the midst of all the extremes of the campaigns!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Anne & Eddie Thank you for a great comment from a different perspective. I agree that the opportunity is available for anyone willing to work!

Lanre Thanks for the positive feedback and I am happy you are celebrating!

Janis I do not think there is that much to fear with all of the positive input from all over the nation. I think folks truly want to work together for a positive change! And you are right, time will tell!

Erin I am glad you are happy thank you for the compliment!

Chris Ann Wow, I really like that comment "The most interesting observation I heard last night, before any votes were counted, is that America has a history of choosing great leaders in times of tremendous difficulty." And I hope that history repeats itself here and now! 

Kinkster I am not running for anything but if asked, I would accompany and support you on any election bid you like!

Beth Last night was an amazing breath of fresh air after all of the rhetoric and I cannot help but wonder the same thing!

Jimmy I am so happy to hear from you and yours in Wimberley. I have missed speaking to you and it sounds like you have really found your place in the community and I am happy for you! Have a great week and I will talk to you soon!

Diane Now that is funny in a way and so telling. I have been known to be grumpy when things did not go my way either...sometimes for days!

Kim I am so impressed that people can still look ahead and as you say "Although, I didn't vote for him, I am proud of our country." It is a testament to the values of us that we can move ahead TOGETHER!

Betina Great comments and frankly knowing you, I understood what you meant in the first place and it's no problem. I have also enjoyed Mike's blog and comments so this is a good place for a healthy dialog! Oh...and you can hijack my blog anytime so thanks for dropping by! Talk to you soon!

Aida I am so thankful for you comment: "I also have a new respect for those who didn't vote for our President but will stand behind him--it's a Brave New World.  God Bless America and God bless the President." And I am grateful that there are so many who are now agreeing that we need to work together to move ahead!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

First thing this AM in our BNI meeting the BNI president stated, we don't have control over everything in the world but we have control over us.  I agree, I think McCain handled himself well & am glad we can all move forward together.  Whatever forward may be.  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX~Real Estate 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) over 2 years ago

Russell, I like the way you have written this article because hopefully the rest of us will patch up our differences and get past all of the election noise to finally start working together again. I do not know what the future brings but I am hopeful that things will improve!

Posted by Michelle over 2 years ago

Good afternoon Russell,

I dislike politics.  However, I liked both speeches last night.  McCain made it clear that he will support Obama.  Obama made it clear that he respects McCain's service to our country.  Here are three things that impressed me about Obama's speech:

"We know the government can't solve every problem".  That's true.


He mentioned "Patriotism and responsibility."  Good to hear that.


He ended with "God bless America".  Amen to that!

Posted by Not Yet Licensed over 2 years ago

Russell I also was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the speeches by both candidates. Congratulations on your featured post, it is so well written, balanced and with an eye toward objectivity that belies your outlook and politics! It is my hope, along with everyone else who commented here, that our leaders will move in a more positive direction in the spirit of bi-partisanship that has been so sorely lacking in recent years!

Thank you!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) over 2 years ago

I almost forgot! Thank you for writing in such a way as to really give a balanced perspective. If I did not know you, I would have no idea  for whom you voted and that is a feat in itself!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) over 2 years ago

Well said! While my man did not win I, too, was impressed with both speeches. I am a proud American and I stand behind the peoples choice every election regardless if it was not my vote. We all need to stand up for and respect the office of President. God bless America!

Posted by Akron Ohio Homes for Sale David M. Childress (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Kristin Whatever "Forward may be" seems like it might be somewhat better than where we have been so I am hopeful. Thanks again for dropping by!

Michelle I believe that lies at the heart of matters. The willingness and ability to patch up our differences and trying to improve the situation!

Not Yet Licensed I am not a big fan of politics either but I try to stay informed and updated and participate in the process. Like you I was impressed with the ideas and hope that it will blossom into something more than words! I always like it when you drop by and thanks again!

Scott Like you I was also surprised at the sudden change in tone on the part of both the candidates. Hopefully there will be a willingness to engage in real fence mending and bipartisanship in order to achieve the goals of helping us get back on our feet!

And as for whom I voted...

David Your words and attitude are what makes this whole process the defining difference of us and most of the rest of the countries on our planet! THANK YOU!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

We as Americans have to join together to help save the lower and middle class who have been blinded of the reality that their jobs may be on the line.  It will kill me to lay off people that are having a hard time making ends meet; but, if all that is planned becomes a reality, I will not have a choice.  I am but one, but there are thousands upon thousands that are in my shoes.  We have to get the word out that the middle and lower class need to be saved from what they think is a bailout.

Posted by Tim Moncrief - Luxury Homes Austin, TX (Bartlett Real Estate Group of Keller Williams ) over 2 years ago

Russel, I got a call about your blog and wanted to check in and say hello. This is well written and certainly a fair assessment of both sides. I am happy to say that my man won but as also impressed by the class of John McCain. You did a great job on this and I DO know how you voted but will keep it a secret!

Posted by Dana over 2 years ago

Russell, The election did not turn out like I wanted but in the whole scheme of things God is in control.  If I did not have that assurance I think I would be going NUTS.  I have been studying Isaiah in my bible study this year and that has been quite eerie.  It is a huge jigsaw puzzle and we just see a little piece.

You are right though we are blessed to live in such a great country!!

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 2 years ago

We must come together as a Nation and pray that God will guide our new President to make the best decisions for our continued freedom and safety.

Posted by Denise Williams (Prudential Woodmont Realty) over 2 years ago

Evening Russell,   Very well thought out and presented post.  I hope your words and thoughts ring true for all Americans.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy Fort Myers Beach Realtor (Century 21 Tripower Realty) over 2 years ago

I am also proud to be an american and thought John Mccain handled himself really well especially when his supporters booed his concession.

Posted by Overland Park Real Estate and Homes for sale :: Michael Russell (Overland Park KS Realty Executives ) over 2 years ago

Russell, I couldn't agree more. It made me proud to be an American to see both individuals rise to the occasion and support on another. I look forward to the days ahead and the guidance toward recovery.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 2 years ago

Wise post, Russell.  Living in a household of split allegiances I must say I was sadden that McCain did not win the election.  I was impressed by his tactful concession and am ready to support our new President.

Posted by Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team (RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs) over 2 years ago

Today isn't the test.  We are still here today.  Bush is still President today.  Obama has come one step closer to becoming President.  He has yet to be tested, and he has yet to show that he may prevail in that test. 

Hopefully he will. 

Today we celebrate our Republic, and the Republican form of government we hold dear.  Today we celebrate that we move forward, mindful of the past and its triumphs and tradgedies.  We can only celebrate for yesterday... today isn't over and tomorrow hasn't come.

Posted by Lane Bailey - REALTOR & Car Guy (Diamond Dwellings Realty) over 2 years ago

The world will look to us as trailblazers once again.  Jaded cynicism has given way to optimism and newfound respect for us as a people the world over.  This is a great moment in our collective history.  "World police" is not a tag that has earned us many friends.  "World leader" is more befitting our true ideals.  Power to the powerless ... it has transcendental possibilities.  Even had I not cast my vote for the man, I would be proud today. 

 

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 2 years ago

Tim The economic situation is getting worse and I agree that the middle class has and continues to suffer more and more. I also have empathy for yo as an employer who obviously cares for his people and I know that it must be tough to have to let anyone go. Hopefully things will improve (or at least stop declining at such a rapid pace). At least we are in Texas where we seem to be weathering the downturn better than most other parts of the country!

Dana As you know I rarely mix politics with business because it can have at least a 50-50 chance of irritating someone. I do think that we are in a unique position to make some changes together as a nation if the leaders are of a mind to really work together!

Marchel I cannot think of a better thing to do in times of uncertainity and I also agree that we are not really in control so we do our best and pray for guidance!

Denise I completely agree with both you nad Marchel and you are so right, "We must come together as a Nation and pray" as well as do our part at working together!

Bill Thanks for dropping by and I also hope that more of us are of a mind to work on things which we can agree!

Michael I was also impressed with him and think he is going to come out of this doing good work and as a man we can admire in his future actions.

Gena You really summed it up, "It made me proud to be an American to see both individuals rise to the occasion and support on another" and that is waht inspired me to post this (when I rarely if ever talk politics!) Great to hear from you!

 Matt We were together but my close knit office was very divided and it could have been a source of friction but like you, I think we were all impressed with the way it was handled and we are ready to put aside our differences and support the new president too!

 Lane You are absolutely correct, this has just begun and we will see where it takes us. I am gald you reminded us that indeed, the election is a victory for our republic! Thanks for adding meaningful comments to this discussion!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I don't know who the media hack was that assigned our political parties the 'team colors' of Red and Blue (I personally wear neither) but the best thing our new President could do would be to shed those skins and become the new 'Yellowman' for all of us, as the color yellow is the midpoint on the spectum between red & blue.

Posted by Liz King over 2 years ago

Paul I almost missed you (I was writing replies when you droppeded by) Thank so much for adding to this discussion and I was extremely proud to have taken part in this election cycle and had the immense pleasure of seeing my son vote for the firts time both in the Primary, the Texas Caucus (Texas Two Step)and he also voted in the election while away at school. It's going to be a huge challenge but we manage to overcome adversity and history has somehow blessed our country with the right leader at the right time!

LIZ How very nice to see you here and what a pleasant surprise! I think that the new Presidents has shed the divisive colors indeed and have to tell you that I am laughing out loud at your concept of "Yellow-man"...Wasn't he a Reggae Rap singer from the islands? Whatever I am flattered that you dropped by! Thanks!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Its all about purple. Yep, purple. What do you get when you mix red and blue together? Purple. We should all revel in our purpleness and in the truly great American heritage we all share.

Posted by DJ Swanepoel (Real Estate Wiki) over 2 years ago

As usual, your blog does not disappoint.  Your blog verbalized what I have felt.  I didn't get what I wanted, but we are here and we must move forward with the best of our talents and dreams.  Isn't it amazing?

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunnigan, REALTORS (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 2 years ago

DJI completely agree. The red and blue categories is a blatant attempt to divide us and make it more difficult to get consensus or cooperation AFTER the election. I truly believe that the red and blue factions are just the extremes of each side and that most of us are indeed "purple". or at least have more balance than we are given credit!

Paula It is Amazing and I am so glad we live in a country where this amazing process continues to grow and prosper!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

It is Nov. 6th and we are still here!! I'll get back to you after Jan. 20th.

Posted by Caren Wallace-Portage Lakes Real Estate Agent (Stouffer Realty, Akron, Ohio) over 2 years ago

Russell - I too am glad to be part of the political process, and I don't think anyone gets everything they ever want in an election. However, it is an opportunity to have your voice heard. I thought McCain did an excellent job with his speech.

Posted by Sharon Paxson Newport Beach Real Estate (Prudential California Realty, DRE License 01501912) over 2 years ago

Russell,

We are still hear, now let's see what the future holds for us.

GREAT BLOG!!!!

 

Posted by Mandy Andrews (Texas American Title Company) over 2 years ago

OH-OH Russell- I'm late for the party again...the Gold Star party...your party.  Way to go, and you always deserve the accolades.  I'm also v-e-r-y happy to have it over with.  No more aggravating phone calls, no more negative rhetoric, no more arguments with friends, no more campaigning.  Now I'll just sit back, watch things unfold.  I have no great expectations as too many unrealistic promises were made.  What I want is to see government reined in, spending controlled, accountability demanded and my tax $$$ spent wisely...hmmm...I think I'm onto a John Lennon song:  You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one. And yes, McCain is a class act, no disappointment there.

Gail MacMillan Titusville Fl Real Estate

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) over 2 years ago

I too am happy that the two year election process is over and look forward to some changes. I feel like there are a lot of obstacles to overcome and just hope that the economy is first on the agenda. Both candidates did end with a certain amount of class and dignity that was not present in any abundance during the final weeks!

Posted by Steven over 2 years ago

Russell,

We sure do have some work to do now and it'll take all of us together to get it done. There won't be any quick fixes so we need to be patient and tackle the problems one at a time.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 2 years ago

Caren Good point but you don't have to wait until next year to visit, drop by anytime and thanks again for the comment. Along with you and the rest of our country, I also am semi-anxiously looking to the future to see what will be done and I hope we are pleasantly surprised!

Sharon You are so right that even if every person does not gettheir candidate into the win column, they can still express themselves with the right to VOTE ! I am so glad our children voted for the first time this year and it was a thrill to be with them too!  It's kind of funny because our son voted the same tivket as his mother and I and as you know teengagers rarely agree with the paretns anytime! Thanks!

Mandy Thanks, I hope the future brings us better fortunes than the past few years but it will take cooperation on the part of all of the new leaders and help from the citizens.

HI GAIL You are never too late to the party and i am always glad to see you. Okay, I just remembered that I needed to add "Imagine" to my ipod and I am only about half way through loading my Cd library on to Itunes so will have to find that song today! Like you "I have no great expectations as too many unrealistic promises were made." but I am hopeful that it is a start toward repairing the damage from the last few years! Good to see you!

Steven I agree and was so impressed that the harshness of the daily rhetoric was put aside immediately on both sides and that's a sign that we might be able to start working together instead of "at odds" all the time.

Esko I really appreciate your perspective ''There won't be any quick fixes so we need to be patient and tackle the problems one at a time." and hope that we and those in leadership begin to tackle the problems now and that we are not unreal in our expectations! Thanks for your insightful comment! 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Very good and I would never have guessed how you really voted so congratulations on this well written post and Congrats on the feature too! You are really taking to this Blogging thing! 

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) over 2 years ago

Very good and I would never have guessed how you really voted so congratulations on this well written post and Congrats on the feature too! You are really taking to this Blogging thing! 

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) over 2 years ago

Hi Russell  This post is amazing.  Well deserved feature.  I loved the fairness..it is written by a true American who loves his country......(and his Cowboys)

Posted by June Lewis Realtor® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) over 2 years ago

Mattie I am really enjoying my time here at Active rain and meeting all the great new folks who make up this community! As far as my vote, I am still keeping it to myself but I was happy to learn that we both backed the same candidate!

June Thanks so much for dropping by here and at a couple of my other poss too! I really appreciate your comments and have to tell you that his post was just about how much I appreciate living in a country where we can argue day and night and still manage to have a peaceful transition of power. Thanks again and have a great week!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Well Russell...it is now three days after the election and I am starting to feel a little better. Nothing has happened except that the economy has gotten worse so I hope that is the first priority on the new administration!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) over 2 years ago

Hi Russell, it is now four days after the election and we are still here even now. I was at a party last night with some people who were very disappointed in the results but several of the others at the party pointed out what John McCain had said in his speech. I am happy that he wants all of us to pull together as a nation and support the new president. I just hope that everyone will take his excellent advice and put our differences behind us!!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Jeannette I certainly agree and it loos as though that the economy is already the first order of business and hopefully it will be a cooperative effort between the out going administration and the new one!

Allysoun This is sort if funny because I have received several "days after" comments! I think that all but the most extreme believe in McCain's earnest request and that Democracy has spoken. Times are too tough to continue to fight among ourselves. Thanks again for your comment!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Oh Russell...with everything that has been happening this week...I missed this wonderful post. Like you, I am an AMERICAN! ONE nation...UNDER God...INDIVISIBLE...with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL! The system is not perfect...but every voice does count. Now...we need to pray for our president elect. GBU, my friend!

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves - Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) over 2 years ago

Elizabeth I appreciate you dropping by and I know you have had your hands full. I hope all is well with your daughter and your family!!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Hi Russell-A saying comes to mind reading your post and that is "UNITED WE STAND! DIVIDED WE FALL!" Despite our differences we come together when it's important. That's what makes this country so great. God Bless America Home of the free and land of the brave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJNqep77vBw  I'm a big song person when I read someone's post. I hope you like it.

Posted by Pat Preston (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) over 2 years ago

Thanks for this "breath of fresh air" blog.  I, too, am proud to be an American.  I was so very proud of McCain.  He is a true man of honor.  Despite the mud slinging, I was pleased and impressed with both candidates and I have not been so in previous elections.  No matter who won, I felt we all would win.  And I would support and be behind either candidate, not just the one I voted for.

Posted by Portsmouth NH Real Estate Agent - Rebecca Skane, Realtor®, e-PRO® (Keller Williams Coastal Realty) over 2 years ago

Hello Russell,

It's me again. I just read and left a comment on your post about Habitat for Humanity. This is another wonderful article in you own style of writing. I do know how you voted and have to compliment you on your ability to write such an even handed piece. You are certainly right in that we all need to pull together and not let the extreme views of either side continue to pull us apart! Talk to you soon!

Jan

Posted by Jan over 2 years ago

Pat Thanks for that song, I am a fan of that version too! I sometime leave songs in comments and got started doing that because of my friend http://activerain.com/shears76 Jason Sardi. He is s great writer and likes all sorts of music.

Rebecca I appreciate the compliment, I was just inspired by both candidates speeches to look at the future and as you say "I would support and be behind either candidate, not just the one I voted for."

Jan Long time no see. Thanks for checking out my blog and like you I am hoping we all put our differences behind us and move forward together! Thanks again, I look forward to speaking with you soon!

 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Hi Russell,
If only all our elected officials would put politics and their future re-election aside and work together for the good of all Americans.  That is what we need.

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 2 years ago

Cynthia That is truly what we need and Iwill be patient as we are in so deep now it will take all of us to dig our way out. I am ready for our leaders to put the finger pointing behind and get to work!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell,
Yes, it is going to take patience.  We all will have to use a shovel--no one can just sit and watch.  Are we up to the challenge?

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 2 years ago

Cynthia You are so right and i believe that there are many like you and me who are up to the challenge. We always seem to pull through the toughest times when we hang together! Thanks again for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Russell, both Senator McCain and President elect Obama, I felt did an excellent job with their speeches on election night.

It's an awesome job that certainly will require much work and sacrifice for all of us. I can't imagine taking on this economy and all the work that will be involved. It seems pretty thankless from this end but I do hope that each of us does our part to help solve this economic crisis.

My prayers go out to each of our elected officials that they will lead with expertise, common sense, fortitude and conscience.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 2 years ago

Gena I appreciate you thoughtful and articulate comments. We are indeed fortunate to live in a country where, after all the campaigning ans everything that entails, we can have a peaceful transfer of power and move forward! I like the way you put it:

"My prayers go out to each of our elected officials that they will lead with expertise, common sense, fortitude and conscience."

Thanks again, Russell

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Howdy Russell

You sure did write a fine post here. Readen some of the comments, from folk's to ya.

Being a Vet, I sure don't ever want to see the Red and Blue parted of. Our Red, White and Blue turned in to purple or yellow.

America I love You

 

God Bless America, The Land We Love!

Baker Home Inspection and Consulting

Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) over 2 years ago

TRUELY A GREAT NATION WE LIVE IN!  Only in America, could we elect a new president based upon hatred of the previous one!  Time to open your pocket books and share the wealth.  Guess who I voted for?  In all seriousness, as a proud American, I may not respect the man, but I will always respect the Office in which he/she holds.  US Army/Viet Nam Vet 69-70!

                        IF YOU VALUE YOUR FREEDOM-THANK A VET! 

Posted by matt mathews (mathews Realty Group ) over 2 years ago

Russell, I must say I look at all politicians with skepticism - they have lost the art of compromise - it has become a partisan brawl,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) over 2 years ago

Hi Dale I appreciate you dropping by and thanks for the comment! And, THANK YOU for your service to our country as a veteran!

Matt Same for you my friend, I appreciate your comments and Thank You for your service to our nation!

Karen My friend, I could not agree more. Compromise and a willingness to work together are the hallmarks of great statesmen. I hope we are getting away from the "my way or the highway" attitued exhibited by factions from both parties!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I was very impressed by how he rose above when the crowds started booing for Obama.  He didn't win but he will support our new president.  That is playing fair I think!!

Posted by Tami Vroma-Realtor Grand Rapids Rapids Michigan Houses (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Tami It was refreshing to see that and is certainly "fair play" at it's best!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 2 years ago

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