Last night was a HUGE night for Democrats, and I would argue, a significant night for human rights. Obama was reelected for another term, which means the infamous ‘Obamacare’ isn’t going away any time soon — so people who are in need of assistance with health care can still count on that (and now that I’m mostly-Canadian, I see access to health care as a human right).
Other big human rights wins from last night:
- 3 more states embraced same-sex unions, while another state voted down a discriminatory measure against same-sex couples
- Mr. Todd ‘legitimate rape’ Akin legitimately lost by a landslide
- Another creepy GOP candidate Richard Mourdock (he who claimed pregnancies due to rape were part of “God’s plan”) also lost
- Elizabeth Warren beat out the race-baiting and anti-intellectual Scott Brown
- and now there’s the first openly-LGBT Senator in office, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
So, all in all, a good night! That said, I think there are many people back home who aren’t as giddy as I am after watching the President accept another term in office:
So this last half of my post is to whoever is out there in my life who reads my blog, and counts himself or herself as a Romney supporter: I know how you feel — why? Because I felt something similar only 8 years ago.
One thing about having this blog for as long as I have? In some ways, it’s a living record of who I am. Granted, in the last few years since becoming a mama, and working full-time, I haven’t been quite as active one here — but going back into the archives of this blog can be a pretty cool exercise in remembering who I was, years ago.
I dug back into the November archives and found this entry I wrote right after the 2004 presidential election was called for George W. Bush. Here are some excerpts from what I wrote:
Dejected. Deflated. Despondent.
I cannot believe Bush won. Cannot. believe.
Not only is he in charge of the Executive branch, but there’s majorities in the House and Senate now. With 3-4 justices retiring within the next term (possibly) — I’m picturing an even more police state than there is now.
[...] UPDATE: Well. Ohio could still be up in the air. Who knows?
Sound familiar? Replace the odd word or two, and you’ll hear similar murmurings from GOP friends (eh-hem, well, those of them who haven’t unfriended you — I lost a friend last night who didn’t like what I was posting on Facebook, apparently).
Thing is, I know what you’re going through! I was in just the same place as you are, only 8 years ago.
It’s kind of fascinating, in a way.
Anyway, dear GOP friend (or father) of mine, I hope that you’ll soon get over your feelings of dejectedness. And I mean it, sincerely. I know what it feels like, and it’s just no fun. Hang in there, and hopefully, with time, we can progress to feeling more like this:
(found via Facebook)