So, let’s talk about yesterday. For some reason, WordPress thought it would be fancy to not update what I had written, and instead re-post my post about voting…the day AFTER Election Day.
Well played, WordPress. I imagine you are acting like the people who still have Romney signs in their front yards. Give it up, folks. I’m a shitty winner, so if you don’t like to see that, go ahead and close now. Because it’s coming!! Can we discuss the election? Oh, yes. We can.
First of all: HELL YES! RIGHT!? Obama did it again, and I say, “thank you Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Buddha, God, Allah, whatever.” Just thank you. The relief I feel, the love I felt, the absolute pure rush of excitement and joy were just overwhelming. I had no words. Was Tuesday NOT a big old middle finger in the air for the other side? Oh, I believe it was. It was a big old liberal ass-whoopin’. Boo-yah!
Here’s how my Election Night looked:
I was on the couch, grading papers, and just enjoying myself. Well, the red states started popping up. No good, right? But I knew it; Obama had it. Patience, Grasshopper. Patience.
The map started turning more blue. Ok, going well. I am like having a miniature dance party getting excited because Obama is my boy.*happy dance*
Then, I start seeing things like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock losing their races. Which means SO much to me for the plain and simple reason that those guys cannot say that if a woman gets raped, legitimately, then her body is a magical wonderland of baby-killing goodness and will shut it down. UNLESS that baby is a Gift from God. In which case, that baby stays. I don’t get it. HOW can the Republicans (who seem to be a very educated and wealthy group of people) let these guys talk? Really? How? Anyway, they lost. SO buh-bye lunatics. And LOTS of women are winning in their races. Yes, ma’ams!! This is the best night. ever.
So then, I see the gay marriage issue coming up and it is passing at this point in the states voting on it. Awesome SAUCE, yes!? YES! So I wait. THEN! Wisconsin! Baldwin! First openly gay senator to be ELECTED! She was CHOSEN in WISCONSIN! By this point, I am losing my mind because
THIS IS THE GAYEST ELECTION EVER! WOOHOO!!!!!
And then, it’s about 11:10 and the map is just turning bluer and bluer… and then….OHIO. Obama takes Ohio. I post on Facebook, “Obama took OHIO!” and then seriously in the same breath, I get to say, “HE JUST WON THE *expletive* ELECTION!” DO you KNOW how that felt in my Ohio living room!? You really must know: it was amazing. Incredible. I start crying. Because I am so happy. I am so elated. Over the moon. Obama needs more time to fix this mess. He deserves another four years to bring us back into the actual realm of possibility and opportunity. And? He’s NOT Romney! At this point, it’s a great day to be a woman in America. And an even better day to be a believer in progress. Yes. Progress.
We have to wait a while for Romney to concede, but he eventually does. Homeboy didn’t write a concession speech. Bet that was a kick in the junk.
Then, about an hour later, Obama does this:
And I do a lot of ugly crying because I am so relieved that I will never have to say “President Romney” ever. And my girls can have rights. And I can have rights. And gays are gaining rights (THANK YOU to Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, and Washington. You Rock!). And, in the end, the country did the right thing. Obama needs more time to clean this up, to turn this ship around. And I, for one, will grant him that. It’s the least I can do.
Here’s to four more years of the most concerned, caring, compassionate, and cutie-pie (hey, he’s hot stuff!) President I have known in my lifetime. Sure, he hasn’t been perfect. I know this. But, he has tried. He hasn’t given up on us. And I won’t give up on him. He’s my President. He’s your President. And I believe he will do everything in his power to bring us back from the brink. I am proud to be an American. I am proud to have voted for him. And I am excited to see what the next four years has in store. Let’s do this, America! Work across party lines, bridge the divides, and work together to do what is right for all of us. Bring us back. We can do it together. Stop dragging your feet and get to it. Bipartisanship. True bipartisanship. That is what is needed, and that is what Obama has promised to do. I know it won’t be easy, but since the whole “make him a one term President” thing won’t be happening, they better get over it and move on. His speech just made me feel so good. SO good. Happy. Proud. Hopeful.
“I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.
I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.”
Four more years of this man. Leading this country. Forward.
God Bless this country.
AND! Watch this! My friend Jessie posted this to my TimeLine just now, and it makes me have all the feels!