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After the election, a Great Awakening, Part II? By Michael McManus
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BETHESDA, Md.--I have to admit, I have egg on my face. I predicted that Obama's support of same-sex marriage would make him "a one-term president." I also predicted defeat for all four same-sex marriage referenda in Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, and Washington state.
While six states and Washington, D.C., had legalized gay marriage, it came as the result of a court case or a state legislative vote. In the 32 states where the public could vote on the issue, traditional marriage was upheld every time. That gave me confidence that America's historic Christian values would triumph--again.
Not so. Obama won a sweeping victory, and same-sex marriage will soon be legal in Maryland, Maine, and Washington state. Minnesota's attempt to pass a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to the union of one man and one woman was defeated.
On top of that, Colorado and Washington passed ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use--though the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it is illegal. What responsible adult thinks it would be great if more young people could get stoned regularly? Maryland also voted for a huge gambling casino.
And how could a nation where nearly two-thirds of Americans are members of a church or synagogue vote for President Obama, who not only favors abortion on demand but encourages lawsuits against states that decide to stop funding Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion mill?
How could anyone with kids vote for a man who pledged to cut deficits in half, but doubled them, imposing huge debt on our children and grandchildren? Oddly, he appointed a deficit-reduction commission that came up with a good plan--and then ignored it.
Small wonder the stock market plunged the day after the election by more than 300 points, the largest one-day drop this year. Those with investments in the market see a future of higher taxes, anemic job growth, and plunging stock values.