The Day After

Well, the party is over.  We have a new president.  Many people are filled with hope and excitement for the future.  Today is President Obama’s first day on the job and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for us.  He ran a good campaign.  He gives great speeches.  We will see if he can truly govern.

What I am impressed with, is that this country has had eight years of political turmoil.  There has been negative press ever since the Supreme Court finalized the election eight years ago.  The bitterness and anger has rumbled throughout our country with ever increasing clamor.

However, it did not turn to bloodshed.  There was no violent uprising.  There were no shots fired in our land for political reasons.  No one was arrested for expressing their views on the government.  The turmoil was expressed in print and voice.  Our country has survived a rocky transition of political power.  The Democrats are now in charge. 

I encourage all Americans of faith to pray for America, to pray for our leadership, and to seek to work together for the greater good.

The party is over.  The work begins.

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6 Responses to “The Day After”

  1. Gloria Says:

    The media has not be neutral in years, if it ever was?? It seems that any and everything they could publish in the last 8 years, that was negative, they did. So where is the negativity now? I guarantee it is out here. I am just as happy to not see it, but it just shows the bias of the media.

  2. Dave Says:

    Wait for a few months. =)

    Bush didn’t have negative media from the start, in fact, he enjoyed some fairly positive coverage and very decent approval ratings in the beginning. It was about 2 years in when things started to turn sour for him…and from there, it went from bad to worse and then from worse to absolutely brutal.

    Something I never cared for is the tendency for people to use “media bias” as a rallying cry. Both sides do it (although Republicans have shown a greater flair for punching the “media bias” button in recent years), and as we’ve heard before; two wrongs do not make a right. Unless it’s politics.

    That said; Europe clearly labels political bias in it’s media outlets and it’s just accepted. Personally I try to get a mix of news outlets (the Washington Post (Conservative) and the New York Times(Liberal)) to get a more fair and balanced view of the world. =)

  3. Pastor Curt Says:

    It would be very difficult to sell papers if they were written as police reports with “just the facts”. A writers personal slant will have an impact on what is included and how that material is presented.

  4. Dave Says:

    And people have shown a fondness for that too. While the ideal of journalism is “objective reporting”, the human condition as it were tends to favor the personal tone that comes from taking a particular approach to a story.

    As the markets have shown, and as you have pointed out, papers sell better with a personal slant.

  5. Pastor Curt Says:

    We should not be surprised. Papers are a business. They need to show a profit.

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