Saturday, November 08, 2008

At some future time: We shall rest easy tomorrow if we work for peace today

349/173—by 176 points, the landslide I wished and voped for.

I was watching MSNBC on election night. When Obams went from 170 to 230, they called it, and announced that Obama had won the election. I was in tears and finally felt like my vote counted. I was so proud to be a part of this American history-- In my lifetime, I never thought I'd be privileged enough to witness such a historic event on so many levels. The nation felt healed and the world celebrated. Every moment thereafter, his numbers increased as red states turned blue... it was magnificent.

After winning the election, I realized that Obama raised the bar of what I expect from my politicians. He eradicated good ol' boy politicking and made damn sure I knew that I had the right to make my elected officials accountable and to take responsibility for their actions.

Hope and prosperity are embedded into the foundation of this country, that's true. Unfortunately antiquated politics buried it for many years with stale, empty promises, lies and secrecy. On Nov. 4 those roots erupted in a surge of democracy and were victoriously restored.

Obama proved that goodness, brilliance and persistence pay off. Anything is possible. Nothing is outside of our reach. Dreams do come true and the world isn’t as ugly as it feels sometimes.

The GOP is reeling, clueless about how to play this game, the one where they need to man the fuck up and behave with integrity and ethics, and work alongside American citizens to make this country great again. Now, they're throwing Palin under the bus-- I don't mind though, because she's shameonnaise, a woman hating sandwich condiment. However, it would be nice if they grew up and figured out the best thing to do is... CHANGE.

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Randal Graves said...

They'll never grow up. They live in some bizarre, mutated Peter Pan where PP is a blond-haired, blue-eyed velvet Jesus.

Freida Bee said...

I can't get enough of these accounts of how this is changing those of us who have felt oppressed by the last many years. I've suspected that Obama's role in "changing" things would have mostly to do with our expectation of things changing and I am more convinced than ever that is what is occurring. Yea!

Cormac Brown said...

I understand that in the first of the two meetings that the Grim Old Pumpkins have had since the fiasco, that the conversatives have blamed the moderate wing for everything that went wrong. Couple this with the disciples of Rove throwing Palin under the bus and the hinky hamperings of recounts with Georgia and Minnesota.

Katie, they wouldn't know change if you spotted them five Laundromat's worth of quarters.

Joe said...

Good to see you back Katie!

MizBubs and I were talking today about the phenomenon of people crying when Obama passed that 270 mark. I wept, I blubbered. 4 out of 5 adults in the room with us did at the time.

I'm glad your vote counted. I'm so proud of my eldest who voted in her first presidential election and WON.

I'm happy for all of us, really.

Alexa said...

WHAT a night November 4th was! The whole world was celebating ... including your pals up here in Canada. ... Today I read in a Cdn. newspaper that the right wing up here is gearing up for a gathering ... They want to forge a stronger alliance in Canada ... Don't you think they're just a few years too late?!! :-D

I just hope that the Canadian people don't have to go through the lunacy that American folks have been inflicted by for so long. Stephen Harper (our Prime Minister; Conservative Party) fortunately won only a minority in the last election; our equivalent to the GOP is mainly concentrated in the prairie West (Alberta ... hmmm, where the Alberta Sands are ...!) and there don't seem to be as many right-wing nutters up here.

My husband and I bawled like babies, whooped and hollered and wore manic grins on our faces for several days. Now the hard work comes ... and already, I'm thinking of Obama as President. Georgie will soon fade into the realm of past nightmares.

And Sarah Palin being touted as the next leader of the GOP, and the Repub's superstar in 2012? After four years of Obama? Are they kidding?!

Great writing, as always, Katie.

The whole world has heaved a sigh of relief!

xo Jaliya

Madam Z said...

Right on, sister! Hallelujah!!


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