I sincerely congratulate Barack Obama on his vicory in the presidential election. I myself am a Libertarian who leans in the conservative direction. I voted for Bob Barr, with an overall leaning towards McCain for the actual office. Why have I created this thread? Because although I disagree with Barack Obama on some key issues, I respect not only the office of the presidency but also the struggle that Obama has dealt with to come so far. I made a personal vow years ago, following the political infighting of the late Clinton years, to rise above personal witchhunting and hatred. In addition, while I am fiscally conservative, I am also socially liberal. After the last hateful sixteen years, I choose to support President-Elect Obama fully, at least until such time as he gives me serious reason not to. I choose not to bow to the hate-mongering of the major parties. I may not support some of Obama's policies, but as far as I am concerned, he is in fact my President, and I respect that office greatly, and fully recognize that he has earned it. So I call on all of you to do the same. Conservatives, don't take a tit-for-tat stance on this. Don't excuse bad behavior with the bad behavior of so-called Democrats during G.W. Bush's presidency. And Liberals, don't be Tech fans about this by trying to rub it in the face of conservatives. Show you can win with dignity. I'm looking forward to social changes that I've been hoping for. Granted, I have misgivings in a fiscal viewpoint, but luckily my independent viewpoint means that there's hope for at least some of my stances. If there is indeed a God, I hope he blesses all of us, and brings us together. God bless President Obama, and all those who are willing to work together for the good of our nation and the world. And God let us all come together to find the right solutions to the challenges we face for the coming years.