November 9, 2008

The American Ideal: Out of Many, One

Posted by Judi Lynn Lake at 22:28
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Yesterday, on November 4, 2008, I, as did millions of Americans, began my day; standing in a very long line to cast my ballot for the candidate I wanted to be the next President of the United States. When I arrived to a full parking lot, "my gut" told me something different was happening; I had never seen a line of people that long in all of the years that I have voted.

People stood in the sprinkling, damp South Carolina air without complaint. Young families had even brought their small children, sensing that this was an historic day. They were correct; it was. At 9:15 p.m. all major news networks began to project that the "Buckeye State", Ohio, had been won by Senator Barack Obama, the first term Senator from Illinois whose meteoric rise to becoming the Democratic nominee and now, the President elect, has earned a place in history.

The projection of an Ohio win for Senator Obama came upon the heels of the projection of a similar Obama win in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The trends were clear and the numbers irrefutable. The evening was over, at least as it related to wondering who was going to win this Presidential election. One of the longest and most interesting Presidential contests in American history is over. The pundits will dissect, parse, predict and pontificate till the wee hours of the morning.

Finally, a little after 11:00 p.m. est, the election was called. President Elect Barack Obama will address the thousands gathered in Chicago. I will pray and go to sleep.

Clearly, the United States of America has crossed an amazing threshold in electing its first Black President. May that fact alone help to bring healing to our Nation and bear witness to the world of what is good about our American ideal, "out of many, one". As an owner of an advertising agency, I was impressed and can honestly say that President Elect Barack Obama ran an extraordinary campaign. Riding a wave of utter disappointment in the current administration, deep disappointment over America's foreign policy, but most especially, a complete lack of confidence in the collapsing economic state of the Nation, America sent a strong message today: they wanted a change.

Americans overwhelmingly bought the version of the call to "Change" offered by Barack Obama and one of the best-run campaigns I have ever seen. They elected the candidate who persuaded them that he was able to bring this change about. The new President elect is one of the finest political orators I have heard -- it is his ideas on fundamental human rights issues that I strongly disagree with.

I have been an outspoken critic of Senator Obama and his support of the so called "Abortion Right" which was created out of whole cloth, pulled from a "penumbra" of the Constitution by unelected Justices in the infamous decisions of Roe and Doe. I have sounded the alarm concerning his pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act that, if passed, will undo 35 years of hard work of millions of Pro-Life Americans. Like all Pro-Lifer's, I am absolutely convinced that children in the first home of the whole human race are human persons, our neighbors, and that killing them at will is insidiously evil and must be stopped.

I have written extensively concerning my unalterable conviction that the dignity of every human life must be recognized. I have taken the position that President elect Obama's failure to recognize that right made him an unacceptable candidate. Obviously, the majority of Americans saw it differently.

What is clear is that Barack Obama will now be my President as well as the President of all those who voted for him. I will pray for him and respect his office. I will, however, do all that I can to influence him and his administration concerning the truth of this fundamental human right to life.

The movement to end legal abortion and recognize the right to life, at every age and stage, will not go away. To my fellow Pro-life Americans who are tired, disappointed, distraught and dismayed, I say never lose hope and keep the faith. Our position concerning the humanity of children in the womb will be recognized and prevail as certainly as the truth concerning the intrinsic evil of slavery came to be recognized and prevailed in this Nation.

There is a lot to analyze in this election that will help us to learn from our failure and become more effective in our work. In the next few months, let us do just that and continue the "fight" for our babies, who are America's future.

(c)11-5- 2008 Judi Lynn Lake

Judi Lynn Lake has kept up with leading edge business trends throughout her varied and successful career. She had already had her ‘15 minutes of fame’ over and over again before starting her family. Judi and her family now reside in South Carolina but, having been born and raised on Long Island, NY, it is clearly evident that she will always be a "New Yorker." Today, she successfully runs her own advertising agency which handles everything from logos, branding and package design while she continues to work closely with self-published authors from design to promotion.

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