The Election: Random Thoughts

While in recovery mode from the election (and a “minor” surgery–not sure which was more painful), I’d like to share some random thoughts:

– Advice to Mitt Romney: Never play it safe with the lead when you don’t have a lead.

– Advice to future Republican candidates: Don’t expect Chris Christie, no matter how big he is, to cover your back.

– To the voters choosing Barack Obama: Fooled you once, shame on him; fooled you twice, shame on you. You deserve what you are about to get–but the rest of us don’t.

– A majority doesn’t want ObamaCare, yet voted for Barack Obama. What am I missing?

– The recipe for success: Negative campaigning, softball interviews on talk shows, and an absentee media.

– If Romney “had to” win the independent vote to win the election, and won it, why didn’t he win?

– Republicans cannot expect to do well consistently on the national stage as long as the liberal media remain so. Republicans have to remain perfect all the time or will pay for it, while Democrats get a perpetual free pass.

– More advice to Republican candidates: Don’t talk about issues related to life or marriage unless and until you know how speak about them wisely.

– Mitt Romney was elevated during the campaign and became a significant public figure. I know he is not the Republican party’s long-term future, but I hope he remains a useful leader in the present. We’re going to need such men.

– Barack Obama, despite his brutal victory, emerges as a smaller man. Yet he has an opportunity even now to set things right and do right by the country, turning his legacy into something positive. He needs our prayers. We need them, too.

– I’ve been thinking that perhaps Mr. Obama, seeing the enormity of the problems facing a nation on the brink, will change course and govern from the center. (After all, even Bill Clinton figured that out, saving his legacy.) But then I remember that this is what I hoped for after Mr. Obama was elected in 2008. Didn’t happen then; unlikely to happen now. He is what he is: a self-absorbed, inexperienced leftist with a chip on his shoulder. My mind is still boggling over the fact that we gave this failure a do-over.

– Why do Republican ideals–which are really American ideals–not resonate with Latinos, blacks, and other minorities?

– He’s not my president. Liberals, you can have him. Good luck with that.

– What if the rest of us–in Red America–just decided not to go along? Where would Blue America get the money to pay for all its largesse?

– More or less: Christians who voted for Mr. Obama voted for more abortion, less religious freedom, more poor people, less economic opportunity, more envy, more “gay marriage,” more government control of all aspects of our lives, more deficits, fewer jobs, less freedom in our healthcare choices, more people dependent on the government, more secularization of society, less influence for Christians, less charity in political campaigns, less charity in general, less money for your family, more taxes … shall I go on?

– Tell me again how Barack Obama has done so much better with his Sandy response than George W. Bush did with Katrina?

– Does anyone still care about Libya?

– It’s amazing how many people would vote against their own economic interests.

– All those millions of Americans who decided to sit this one out because there was “no difference” in the candidates or because of all the “negative campaigning” are about to get the bill for their high-minded perfectionism.

– I’m afraid Christians have lost the culture war. The majority of the American people would rather throw off all restraint–moral, economic, whatever–and look to the Nanny State rather than to God and his law. The days ahead are likely to become quite hostile for Christians, who are going to experience the harsh truth that our ultimate kingdom is elsewhere.

– Advice to the Republican majority in the House: You too have been elected to do a job, so do it. Don’t give in to the temptation to just give the Democrats what they want–and what the majority of voters deserves. Perhaps one day you will be rewarded for doing the right thing, but even if not, do the right thing because you love your country.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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