11.07.2012

President Obama


I don't think it's any secret where I stood on this years election. I am a conservative republican for many, many reasons, but I am also an American and I will always respect the person in office. I know a few on my side said that if Obama won re-elect, they would move out of the country and I have always thought that was silly. I would take Obama over moving out of the greatest country on Earth any day.

Yes, I voted for Romney, but that didn't pan out and I will stand behind Barack Obama as the President of my United States. Do I wish it turned out differently? Of course. But at the end of the day, I thank God I live in a country that is free and where people can vote for their leader. 

The people voted, and they voted for President Obama to lead this nation. And I will be a proud citizen of the United States and I will give my respect to the President. And that is all.

However, I can totally admit that the below conversation happened...

me: I'm so pissed right now.

rob: why? your life won't change at all.

me: because.

rob: because there are a lot of people who will say "I told you so and I'm right?"

me: yes. that's exactly why.

Still.

Still.

I'm proud to be an American.

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  1. Still so frustrating! But you have a good outlook :)

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  2. After all your comments about Obama, I must admit you were the first person I thought of this morning when I turned on the TV and saw he had won. We are celebrating here in Europe, also for many many reasons.

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  3. You said it perfectly. With grace. I agree 100%

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  4. Love that he won!
    Wish I could have voted for him.
    (Boo for being a illegal!)

    ...So I haven't been Blondie's blog in awhile, but I read a comment on your blog saying you two aren't friends any more, does that mean no blogger Christmas swap this year? SADFACE!

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  5. Excellent post! There are far too many people out there who voted Romney and don't think this way...they just continue to trash Obama and say the world is going to hell in a hand basket.

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  6. Not going to lie, I totally thought of you last night. I was sick to my stomach over all the backlash. People claiming they hate America, they're moving ASAP (just like you had mentioned in your post), that we're all going to die & go to hell in the next 4 years...you name it. It's just so sad. I totally admire your stance, both in your passion for being a Republican and your support for your country. : )

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  7. Bravo for being a class act

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  8. i totally agree. and that conversation happened here, too. (i maybe muttered "assholes" under my breath, but i'm allowed to do that - right?)

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  9. Wish more people thought the same way you do! I will never understand people who choose not to stand behind their nation's leader.

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    1. Good for YOU! As a black, female, gay, CHRISTIAN, republican, I believe that I received more backlash than anybody in regards to my choice to vote for Romney. I have been attacked on every front; facebook, twitter, family and friends, but I can not and will not participate in that kind of vulgar behavior. When all is said and done, God's will has been done. Nothing happens that is not part of his plan. Barack Obama is our president and that's that. I will support him because first of all, he holds the position of OUR PRESIDENT, Second, God placed him there.

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    2. Gay Christian? Really?

      1 Corinthians 6:9:

      Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.....
      The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.

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    3. anonymous: Your hatred is not needed or wanted or right. yes, Gay Christians exist. They are loved by God, saved by Christ and attracted to the same gender.

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    4. Then why does the Bible say that? Has God changed his mind in the last few thousand years? Everyone says "oh yes, it is acceptable" - but according to who? Not God, unless your 1 Corinthians 6:9 is different than mine....

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    5. Christ only saves REPENTANT wrong doers, not people who thumb their noses at the scriptures and do what they want anyway.

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    6. I'm sorry but this sub-thread is ridiculous. Love how it's all by 'anonymous' people. Shut up.

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    7. Gay Christian? That's a first

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    8. Sorry, Miss Caitlin S - not going to shut up. See, not everyone does what you say...

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    9. Who are WE to perceive what God thinks? Isn't it a tad presumptuous to assume you do? Are YOU a Christian? You seem to know your way around a bible. What happened to the part about it not being your place to judge (or hop on blog forums to harrass people who aren't bothering you)? And spare me the crap about the "word" okay? It was never intended to slap people across the face with. If god has any issues then it's HIS business and I highly doubt that he wouldn't consider bashing others as just as sinful. Anonymous troll just trolling for drama is the more likely conclusion...

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    10. We can perceive what he thinks by what the Bible says. If you don't believe the Bible, then it's a moot point. I'm not judging - just wondering how a gay Christian interprets the scripture at 1 Cor 6:9? So far, other than telling me to shut up, I haven't heard an answer to that.

      And by the way, I'll sign my name this time because I am only the first "Anonymous" - not sure who the others are.

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    11. And also, I was accused of "hatred" - since when is questioning a form of hatred? I don't recall saying that I hated anyone.

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  10. Haha! Thanks for this post lady! Seriously...people forget we are all Americans..I'm glad this the example you are setting your children and I wish others would do the same :) I knew I sponsored you for a reason ;) I hate losing too....

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  11. I'll take this as my virtual hug. And also your cousin. K bye.

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  12. I feel like the Canadians get more unedited information about your politics than the Americans do. There are a bunch of unanswered questions that have been reported on here in Canada that... I just feel if most Americans knew, Romney would have won by a landslide.

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    1. Yep, I agree with you.

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  13. Classy post!!! I have the same thoughts and feelings about yesteday and appreciate the respectful approach you took. Thank you :)

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  14. well said my friend. :)

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  15. Good for you. It is time to work together isn't it.

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  16. i agree - well said and classy! and also. ROMNEY 2016 :)

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  17. Amen! I wish people on both sides would take some of this advice. There was so much hate it made me sick. Don't people realize they are exactly what's wrong? People who refuse to come together and work. Bipartisan needs to happen. No more drawing lines in the sand, lets play nice kids.

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  18. Casting our vote is all we can do sometimes...the rest just has to unfold on its own.

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  19. i'm bummed! i was hoping for change. four years is a long time.

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    1. There's no need to be ugly! She's allowed to be bummed, just as you would have been had it gone the other way. I'm bummed too, but I will still show my respect and support to the man who God chose, and the majority of America voted for. As Raven said, there's no need for all this negativity and freaking out. Those who voted for Romney have every right to be disappointed, and those who voted for Obama have every right to be excited. Let's all be respectful of each others differing opinions. Very well put Raven!

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    2. Amber- I agree w you. Be careful with Alexis- she likes to send foul-mouthed emails to your PERSONAL email address when you disagree with her.

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    3. Amber- I agree w you. Be careful with Alexis- she likes to send foul-mouthed emails to your PERSONAL email address when you disagree with her.

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    4. Ashleigh- Thanks for the heads-up! I can deal with a bully if need be :)

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  20. I love this its what I was saying if Romney won, I am an American before a democrat. and Maybe he will surprise you!

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  21. Great post! A great outlook to have. I will admit I am scared what is going to happen but I love America and that is not going to change no matter who the president is. There are always going to be battles but you just have to push through it all and love this great nation!

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  22. This is such a breath of fresh air. The hate and negativity last night was mind blowing. At the end of the day, we're all blessed to be Americans. People need to put their big girl panties on and move on! Love this post.

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  23. THIS is why I always respect your opinions (and hysterical posts in general). It's all about maturity and respect. LOVE!

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  24. Hahaha, I love you. My fave GOPer ever. You and Chris Christie for the win.

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  25. Nice Ravie. =) Dad would be happy to hear that (and you know feels exactly the way you do about everything!) he always made a point to make us say "President" -------, even if we didn't like who "-------" was because they are still to be respected as the chosen leader of our country. As one person awesomely pointed out above, it is all in Gods plan and will work out! Now get our debt under control and I will be a happier citizen!! ;)

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  26. Very well said and that's why I love you....we all have our own opinion and whether it turned out the way you wanted or not, you still keep it classy as bashing the President is not going to change a thing (like everybody and their brother is doing on all social media outlets today...really, it's over and done with...move on).

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  27. GREAT post! And GREAT attitude!

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  28. How classy - what a great example to set.

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  30. great attitude to have. although it still pisses me off someone can win the popular vote, and such a high amount of the electoral votes and still not be president... boo on that.

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    1. I correct myself, I guess in my slumber Obama may have taken the popular vote? bah who knows! I am not reading about it anymore haha

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    2. Yes, Obama did end up winning the popular vote and over 300 electoral college votes. Though you make a good point - and I think it's how a lot of democrats felt in 2000 when that very thing happened to Al Gore. :)

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  31. *stupid above typo ugh. Anywho the Facebook hate and negativity was almost more then I could bear this morning...thanks for this post to keep the big picture in perspective. I continue to just love your blog. Cheers to that!

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  32. Can I copy and paste this post into my post today, haha? You took every word out of my mouth regarding our country and why we should stand together. I actually didn't vote this year (hence stipulations with moving to a new state complications, etc etc) But I was hoping Romney would come out with the win. I still believe we need to support our President and not make ignorant comments about moving to Mexico and Canada. Love this Raven!

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  33. Thank you Raven! I wear cardigans, have small boobs, and am a total liberal. But, that being said I still love your blog! People are different who cares. I think your post shows great humility and is really admirable today especially. Nice work. Keep it coming girlfriend.

    Sarah

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  34. I couldn't agree anymore with what you said and I think I almost had that word for word convo with my Husby last night... except it was after about six beers in... Whaaaaa? I had to do something to drowned my sorrows ;)
    ps hosting my very first giveaway on le blog today!
    http://www.marcysmustachediaries.blogspot.com/2012/11/sww-my-very-first-giveaway.html

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  35. Very well said :-). Thank you. I am incredibly disappointed by the election results, but I voted and I can't do anything more than that, so trying to move on now.

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  36. I hope the hater troll who chose to tweet the two of us yesterday reads this. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. I LOVE you for this. Even though you may not agree with the outcome of the election you respect others who may feel differently. Not only that, but as a proud American citizen you stand behind and respect our duly elected leader. Bravo for this post Raven.

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  37. ugh, my sister is one of those "i'm moving to another country" people. I don't get that at all. Yes, let me leave this country where I get a choice and move to a place where my voice doesn't matter...no thanks. Totally agree with this. It didn't go the way I hoped, but now we have to rally and pray for good decisions in the next 4 years.

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  38. You said it perfectly! Wish everyone had this viewpoint at the end of the day! In the big picture I just hope things turn around for the country

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  40. This shows your true character and that you know how to handle sensitive subjects as this. I knew where you stood, but the fact that you are respecting the person who is in office is a perfect example of what all of us Americans should think, regardless of who is leading us.
    Great post!

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  41. I just love you, ha. I love your hilarious posts on politics, but I also love that at the end of the day you can back Mr. President instead of bashing. That's pretty darn cool.

    Bright side, only 4 more years, right?

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  42. Thanks for saying this. I was not 100% enthused by either choice but I am happy with the outcome. With that said, it has been so sad to see all the negativity and name calling that has come along with this election. I wish more people could just learn to respect others' opinions and beliefs. I think of myself as pretty liberal but I have lots of friends who are conservative and we all just agree to disagree, respectfully.

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  43. Proud American at that!!!! sadly my life will most likely change since my hubby is in the military & that is where he wants to make cuts :( I pray it doesnt change..but gotat do what we gotta do!!! the GOOD news is today starts the countdown until the NEXT election which WILL BE a republican president!! :)

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  44. Love this Raven. I woke up to so many angry posts based on religious beliefs that were just hurtful to lots of Americans. This just made me respect you even more :) Way to be a great example for your kids.

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  45. Just when I thought I couldn't like you and your blog any more. Love this post.

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  46. This is why I love you. because you state how you feel but you still don't stand behind america, this is how we should be!!

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  47. and this is EXACTLY why I love you. While we may not have the same political beliefs, I respect you 10000% and I am so grateful that we (as a country) have the right to vote. It takes a lot to see your leader of choice loose and to still say, I stand behind our president even if I didnt vote for him. Honestly, I dont know if I could. I do not follow you because of your political choices, I follow your blog because you are a fun, funny, super entertaining, and a sweet person. I think there are WAY too many bloggers starting wars out there about this. Completely unnecessary! We are all EQUALLY entitled to our own opinions and while mine may differ from your in terms of politics, I respect you! End rant! :-)

    xoxoxo

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  48. I repect the office of the presidency, but when the person who holds that office does not, I cannot have respect for him. And things will change for us. Obamacare hasn't even really begun to take effect yet, taxes are going to increase, regulations are going to increase, gas prices will go up. Things are going to be different. But we have to trust in the Lord at this point.

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    1. Have you ever lived without health insurance or had to choose between eating or buying your medicine or getting an important test done? If you have not, then I can imagine it is hard for you to put yourself in the position of someone who has had to make that decision, but yet now will be able to get medical care.
      Raven: This post rocks. Thank you!

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    2. Actually Toodie, yes I have and yet.. I still voted for the other guy.

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  49. Thank you for this post. You and I have opposing views on some of the major political topics, but I've always believed exactly this- we need to respect the role of President, no matter who holds it. It's good to know that people coming from all angles can agree on that!

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  50. Exactly, Raven! We still live in the greater country in the world.

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  51. I am beyond thrilled with the outcome. In addition to four more years, my state of Minnesota and your state of Washington (and two others I think?) made great strides in declaring equality for the GLBT community. We also shot down an expensive voter ID amendment that needs to be re-written before being passed through. Thanks for keeping things classy. I honestly didn't know what to expect from you, but I'm pleasantly surprised with your attitude. As much as I've wanted to gloat and personally escort those that threatened to move to Canada, I know there is no use in that. And I think it's important to continue rational political conversations. Our country needs this continued passion. It's not just something you get vocal about during the election.

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    1. I agree. It's funny that the ones that I have seen on Twitter threatening to pack and move to Canada or go on a 4 year vacation are ones who look as though they have done well the past four years, building houses and vacationing. It doesn't look to me as though they are in the trenches due to the last four years.

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    2. Hi!

      I'm from Canada so I dont have a strong opinion one way or another but can some one explain to me why people always say that they are going to "pack up and move to canada"? Health care - we have it (it's great). Gay marriage - We have it. If you oppose those things why would you move to a semi socialist country?

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  52. Love and respect you, Raven!

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  53. Very well said. :) I need to re-read this post throughout the day to keep some perspective...

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  54. I have to say Raven, I was a little nervous to see what you'd be writing today, and I should tell you... I am impressed. I know how opinionated you are, and I know how you like to express your opinion (and love that you do so freely), but this post is really well written. After all the hate I saw on Twitter and Facebook, I completely respect you and this post. :) And duh you're still one of my faves. :)

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  55. This is how it is done. Such grace, miss Raven. Can you tell everyone else to do the same? Thanks ;-)

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  56. Well said...so classy!!!

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  57. This has nothing to do with the election, but I went to Taylor's blog and my computer legit shut down. None of the pictures would open and I only read maybe half of today's post and POOF! my computer shut itself down. She may have a virus.

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  58. Raven!!! THANK YOU for this post!!! I have been having the worst time reading all of the hateful comments from both parties all over facebook and twitter. I understand that Romney supporters are disappointed, as Obama supporters would have been if the election results had been different, but this is still America and we must stand together, not divided. Xo!!!!

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  59. This post was great Raven! :)

    I saw someone said you and Lindsey aren't friends anymore?! Say that isn't true!!!!!

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  60. I totally agree with you 100%! Although I never publicized who I voted for until today..it was clear. I had a hard time dealing with the fact that people will say "I told you so" when I swore Romney would win. Thanks for this post :)

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  61. Honestly, I was a little scared to see what you had to say about the election results. We all know you're a conservative Republican but you took the very classy and dignified route and didn't bash the President. Like you said, like him or not he is the President of our great country and as a nation we all need to stand together. Much respsct to you for not bashing him and spreading more hate and discontent.

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  62. I received so much hate on Facebook last night for simply being a republican. I think what angers me the most is the people who post idiotic things online and want to call out anyone who disagrees. Your post and Romney's speech go hand in hand. I'm happy to read something so positive when everyone is sitting around being absolutely cruel.

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  63. When is Raven running for office? I'd vote for you!

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  64. Haha I TOTALLY agree with this post! I voted for Romney too, but can't stand all the hate on Facebook! Especially from either sore losers or really proud "told ya so" people...sigh :)

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  65. Good for you girl!! I was scared to come here and hear what you had to say.

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  66. Atta girl! I don't always vote for certain people who win elections but I DO think it's important to be grateful for the opportunity to vote and live in the best country.

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  67. I think Blogger ate my first comment.

    I love your honesty in the conversation at the end. Ha!

    I totally voted for Obama, but would have felt the same way as you if Romney had one. We're lucky that we get to choose. I will respect any President we have because he was chosen by the people.

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  68. Too bad more people couldn't be like you, haha. I'm not even American but personally I would've voted Obama...so I'm happy for the USA that he is President again but seriously, some people are being so ridiculous with the "i'm moving out of this country" nonsense. Good for you for having your vote but not bashing Obama because he won. You rock

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  69. Interesting post.. Only because of the ugly bashing that went on in previous comments and posts. Though we are Americans no matter what, it's time BOTH parties but away differences. Though I doubt that will happen with some. We can all hope right?

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  70. What a great post Raven. I agree with you.

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  71. Great post and very well said. That's why you are awesome. I would have been smiling more today though had I been able to read about a celebration you had because Romney won.

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  72. I'm glad you're choosing to respect the President, but I hope you'll remember that the next time you make jokes about him being on bath salts, and other derogative comments about the man that leads in your very own words "the greatest country on Earth".

    I'm also sorry things didn't turn out the way you wanted them too, never fun to be let down.

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    1. uhhh seriously. I was happy to see the tone of this post, but it seems a bit hypocritical given the election recaps/comments, etc. He was STILL the president when those comments were made, so where was all this "respect" people preach of then?

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    1. Kristen, Did you know that your profile says your blog is http://allinmy20sdesigns.blogspot.com/ ? I clicked on this as a shortcut to read your blog, and I was like, whaaaaaaat?

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    2. ya. I deleted it! Commented throught the wrond account!

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  74. This post is awful. I am team Obama all day, and I didn't post about it and yes I would've been devastated if Romney won, but so many people are so rude about and at the end of the day they did all they could and they just have to focus on them and do what's right for them. Thanks for the positive outlook.

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  75. and by awful I meant awesome..gah i dont know what im typing tonight

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  76. Very nicely put daughter. I am proud of you.

    Dad ---

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    1. Awwww... So sweet

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  77. What a great post! I've been really disappointed with all the negativity I've seen, and from both sides! Today a co-worked told me it was a good thing it turned out this way because she wouldn't have wanted to come to work and hear the negativity otherwise. Made me glad she didn't know how I voted...

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  78. LOVE THIS! So classy and graceful, I wish more people would be. You're amazing!

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  79. I have to say, you have a much better attitude than I do today. I woke up and watched Romney's recession speech this morning (I couldn't bear to watch it last night) and I cried. He's such a class act, and a great role model. I would have been proud to have him as my president. I'm worried about our country. I don't understand re-electing a president who finished his first term with higher unemployment than when he started, and I don't understand when being successful started to be seen as a negative thing. Our country was built by hard work, and people who were motivated by freedom and liberty to create their own success. I hope and pray that our economy can improve in the next four years, but I'm worried.

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  80. Well said, Raven! This post was serious and funny all at once. I dig that.

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  81. i love your face Raven. Awesome post my love :-)

    xoxoox

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  82. It takes a big person to say that they will support the president, no matter their beliefs! I am so happy that I am a follower of you and although everyone has their own opinions you said this so eloquently. If only everyone could have the same mindset as you; that we live in the greatest country and should be grateful that we have the chance to vote. Go Raven!

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  83. damn it, Raven, I was looking forward to a more controversial post ;)
    just kidding.
    I was disappointed and had a little pity party. (I may have said I was moving to England but honestly I would move there no matter who won... hellooooo british accents) But I do believe that no matter what, we are so incredibly lucky to have the RIGHT to vote and elect our leaders and I believe now it the time for all of us to come together and pray for our President and our country that we will get back on our feet.

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  84. Wish other republicans had your attitude instead of spewing hatred! Great example for your boys!!

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  85. great post. I live in Europe and we were all hopping for Obama´s to be elected again. Romney would not be very welcome at this point...he is very extreme. I agree that you must show respect for the President even though he is not Mitt.

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  86. You are a lot nicer than I am. I think it's absolutely ridiculous that he got voted in AGAIN. This country will never be the same. Ever. Obama should be in serious trouble for what he did in Benghazi. We had a tank within MINUTES that could of been there. Instead, we lost 4 of our own. It's sickening. All of these Obama fans and supporters have no idea what goes on with foreign policy. They just see gay marriage and marijuana being legalized. And a GAY Christian??!??? Are you kidding

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    1. My brother is a gay Christian. I'm not kidding you. According to the bible, a sin is a sin. So, homosexuality=sin=judging= sin. Why would anyone care if he gets married to his partner so he can have the same legal protection that straight people do? How would that affect you.
      Also, I know LOTS of Republicans that would rejoice if marijuana was legalized. Think bigger than that please.

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  87. Me??? Homosexuality is clearly condemned in the bible. It also goes against the created order if God who made Adam, a man and Eve, a woman. NOT two men and NOT two women!!! Give a man a fish and he eats for a day...... Give a man a welfare check, a free cell phone with free monthly minutes, food stamps, section 8 housing, a forty ounce malt liquor, a crack pipe and some air Jordan's and HE'LL VITE DEMOCRAT FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE!!!!!!

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    1. Sad..sad...sad...i know a lot of Republican Gays who are Christian and smoke weed.
      And another thing...God is in favour of not give support and love to another human being??just because he is Gay!?!? I don´t think so...Please be human once in your live...love and faith should be for everyone not just for the "PERRRRFECTTT" Republicans.

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  88. I too wondered what you'll have to say about the outcome of the election... :)

    Anyway. I'm from Europe and we are so so relieved that Obama made it.
    It's the best for the world. And like Hollande stated: for Peace, Economy and the Environment.

    Love you nevertheless :D

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  89. YES YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE! higher taxes, less access to healthcare, and more taxes! Good for you for being so positive! But, there will be lots of changes for everyone

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  90. Raven, great post although you are way classier than I..... I was a mess yesterday after everything. I had to shut off all social media just to get through the day! But this is why I love your blog.

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  91. I think your post shows a lot more about your character than your tongue in cheek posts. You might poke fun at the debates, and you might loudly and proudly state that you're a republican. But when push comes to shove, you'll support your president and be proud to be an American. You realize that you're lucky to live in a free country and have the choice to vote.

    I think you rock, Raven.


    Also, maybe some of your readers should try to take a page out of your book. Classy Annonymous... real classy

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  92. Don't slam Anonymous - if you put yourself out there as a "Gay Christian" or really as anything - you should be able to defend your stance against critics. All I have seen is people telling Anonymous how wrong, hateful, trollish, etc he/she is - totally ignoring his/her question - which was, if I'm reading correctly - "if you call yourself a Christian, it is assumed that you believe in the Bible, the ENTIRE Bible, not cherry-picking verses. That being said, how do you interpret the scriptures, cited by Anonymous, that condemn same sex acts? It's a fair question, and I'm curious myself. I'm not Christian and I don't believe in the Bible, so to me it doesn't matter if homosexuality is condemned. But if you claim to be Christian, then it should matter to you that you are doing something that the Bible says is wrong. I appreciate Raven letting us use her blog to discuss this type of thing.

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  93. Thanks for keeping it calm / sane, Raven. And above all, showing respect for our president, country and fellow citizens. Sorry that it looks like some of your readers aren't willing to do the same.

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  94. After watching him get reelected I was very curious to see if you would post anything and wow, I am blown away by your response.

    I wish more people had your outlook. I know that if Romney won, yes I would be a disappointed but would also stand behind him and support him. And I give it to him and Ryan, they ran a hell of a race!

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  95. I sort of found your blog randomly and, as one of those bleeding-heart-liberals who voted for Obama, I have to say that I appreciate the hell out of this post. We need a whole lot more of this and a whole lot less of the bitching, moaning, and complaining (from both sides!) that's been going on lately. Way to keep it classy!

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