America is either a very sickly country at the end of its "good run" or..... it's full and complete strength is about to be shown in ways that no man or woman can yet know on this election day.
On this blog I've argued that the 2008 cycle would be the best election that I've seen in my lifetime.
(And you gotta believe that means something to me, as I was a year-old babe on my daddy's shoulders waving to show I liked Ike in 1957's Inaugeral Parade in DC, was four years old when the nation went all the way with JFK - if only Marilyn Monroe truly knew the signifficance of THAT motto - was a young boy, then a teen, then a grown man, then a dad and now a grandfather as I saw each election from LBJ to W to now.)
And this election is the best of them all.
The reason is not becasue we "hang fearfully on a thread of civility" as such clashing opponents vie for the White House, et al. Candidate X wins and woe is me....Candidate Y wins and the palm branches are layed before his colt.
None of that. It's not about personalities, but about worldviews espoused by many, many people (above and beyond mere candidates).
It is the best election because it has CLEARLY brought out the true differences in America.
No longer are we a culture of sleep-walking political zombies. What we believe matters and we HAVE to express it. What we hold dear, like marriage (or not) and babies (or not) and low taxes and military aid and education and prison reform...are all on the table for discussion and direction.
We won't be able to do it all...so WHAT will we do? What are our top priorities? Marriage? God and country? Money? Individual liberty?
By and large this Election Day (and the days that cascade off of this momentous day) may tell us whether we'll have "last thoughts" about America as she was....or whether those new thoughts by an unproven visionary may be "thoughts that last".
I'm betting McCain's election will postpone this deep discussion for 4 more years...and it will continue to benefit the nation greatly as the new Obama-fired goal-plants gin up the machine to illuminate the next great series of debates for 2012.