First words of relief. Whew! President Obama got the four more years he asked for during the FIRST time he ran for President. He told us then he needed two terms to even make a dent in the things necessary to heal the country after so many years of bad politics. Thank you, America, for proving that though we might have a lot of crazies spouting the loudest, they don't speak for all of us. The margin was way too narrow for comfort! But, honestly, it sent a message. There are a lot of unhappy people in this country.Their voices need to be heard too. And that brings me to the words of disbelief...
Most of my flist on Facebook are likeminded artists. I do have some family in there who are steadfast Republicans, a few friends. I noticed that almost every disgruntled Republican post said the same thing: Now that Obama won, corporate America is going to start the layoffs. I normally don't say anything, because I'm with Jefferson--there's nothing about differing in politics or religion that will make me turn away from a friend or family. But when nearly every one of the posts this morning is warning that now Corporate America is going to start the layoffs, I can only think: A temper tantrum because they didn't get their way? Is this what you believe in? Is this what you back? Instead of grossly impacting thousands and thousands of YOUR workers, would it not be better to FINALLY start working together?
This is just sad. So sad. I hope that the disappointment wears off quickly and that this country can mend instead of constantly batting heads. The far right and the far left are NOT this country, but they do all the speaking for us. This election was, supposedly, about the MIDDLE CLASS. So how about we now make the result of this election be about all of us in the middle, leaning either right or left instead of firmly over the line, flags waving?
Now the hope--the hope that those doing all the shouting shut the hell up and allow moderate Republicans to be "real" Republicans. It was a shame what the party did to John McCain, and I think they did the same to Mitt Romney. Obama is NOT a far left radical. He's proven he's willing to give and take. Let's let him do it now.
And while I'm not really sure how I feel about legalizing marajuana (Colorado), it made me weep to see that by the time I went to bed last night, Maryland and Maine had legalized same sex marriage, and Minnesota voted down the Constitutional Ammendment that would define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. More is coming. Soon, my friends, but not soon enough for me. Like "giving" women the vote, it should never have been necessary to VOTE on such a thing. This too shall pass, and we'll bear the scars for a while, but sometimes, scars are good. They mean: "I have survived!"
I go forward from this election with hope, renewed patriotism, and pride.