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The Right Direction

Relief. The election’s over, and Obama has won. 

I’m sitting here, completely and utterly exhausted, wracked with nerves all day, about whether the rest of the country would see this election as I do. From Maine to California, from Florida to Minnesota voters did agree.

And race didn’t matter. When young adults are being fed into a war machine; families of all colors are being foreclosed on, being fired, and trodden on, we, as a nation, did the right thing. 

For the next four years, our country will become a shining beacon once again, not the dark tower that is full of corruption and arrogance. We won’t have to worry about a hothead wanting to dig his heels into the sands of blood and death. Nor a vice President who is dumb beyond words can describe.

I can hold my head high, and once again say I’m proud to be an American.

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November 4, 2008 - Posted by | politics | ,

23 Comments »

  1. YAY!!! =)

    Comment by Brad | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. The bad news . . . Prop 8 passed in California. =(

    Comment by Brad | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. We can’t have everything, unfortunately. A similar prop in AZ to define marriage as between a man and woman passed. It won’t last long though. The important thing is, the presidency, and the congress, everything else will sort itself out over time.

    Comment by raingods | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. “Shining beacon” – amen.

    Barack talked about the “genius of America” and that’s exactly how I feel. We have lived up to our potential and promise and challenge.

    Comment by Kim Paffenroth | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. To quote Gerald Ford, “Our long national nightmare is over.” The legacy of BushCo (a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton) will rest comfortably amongst its peers in the failed administrations of the past – Filmore, Pierce, Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Harding, Nixon.

    Actually, that’s a little harsh.

    On Harding.

    Comment by SirOtter | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. I disagree with you on Harding, Otter. Mama always complained that the man was an idiot and the only reason he got elected was that the women’s vote (the first time women got to vote in a presidential election) when to him because he was a handsome man.

    Mama and Aunt Edna would start arguing about Harding, and Edna’s permanent retort was always, “Yes, but he was a fine looking man.”

    Comment by cussedness | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. I stayed up till 5am watching it all. It reminded me a lot of the Labour landslide when the win was expected but had to be seen to be believed, and outweighed expectation.

    I managed to watch the speeches by McCain and then Obama live and was glad I did.

    Comment by CritGit | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  8. I did not stay up and watch. I just woke up and checked.

    Comment by cussedness | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  9. I watched results on PBS, then stayed up to watch Obama’s speech. I’ll have more to say when I get a chance to write another blog post today.

    Comment by raingods | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  10. Harding did a few things right, in between poker games. Warts and all, the Veterans Administration owes its existence to him establishing its earlier version, the Veterans Bureau. And the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 was the first arms reduction treaty of the modern age, if ever. Because of it, our navy’s focus shifted from battleships to aircraft carriers, which turned out to be a good idea twenty years later. And he was the first president since the Civil War to speak out in favor of civil rights for African Americans.

    I can’t think of a single selfless act by the Shrub. Everything he ever did was calculated to enrich himself, his Veep or his cronies at Halliburton.

    Comment by SirOtter | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  11. Well he did finish reading My Little Goat, without disappointing the elementary school kids. 😛

    Comment by raingods | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  12. Expect for that seven minutes of let’s-play-deer-in-the-headlights he treated them to.

    Frankly, I don’t feel real sorry for the folks who are pissing and moaning about their taxes (maybe) going up. If you hand over your American Express Card to a bunch of frat boys so they can run up a huge tab at Hooters, why would you be surprised when the bill comes due at the end of the month? Hello! As far as I’m concerned, no one who voted for anyone other than Gore in 2000 has any right to complain about the mess Shrub has left behind. The rest of us do, though. Maybe we should get a tax deduction for having enough common sense not to vote for a loser who had driven every business he was ever involved in to bankruptcy, and continued to do the same to the country for eight long years.

    Comment by SirOtter | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  13. Then of course, you have those whose heads are so far up their ass, they think W is the greatest President we’ve had. Witness alkilyu for the coveted golden douche nozzle award,

    http://theotherdarkplace.com/mboard/index.php?topic=15742.30

    Comment by raingods | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  14. Apart from his politics, al’s not a bad sort. I’m willing to forgive him one single, if gargantuan, delusion. I have to extend the same graciousness to my granddaughter’s other grandpa, but other than on this one topic, we get along very well.

    Comment by SirOtter | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  15. Okay, I’ll forego the golden douche nozzle award for Al, for now. However, the fact anyone could even think that, is beyond my comprehension.

    Comment by raingods | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  16. Nor a vice President who is dumb beyond words can describe.

    Instead, we end up with one who thinks the first article of the constitution lays out the powers of the administrative branch of the government. Biden’s a bright guy, but he’s extremely prone to getting his facts wrong.

    Comment by Rusty | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  17. True, but he knows what a Vice President does, and has actual foreign policy experience. Besides, he doesn’t wink, every 5 seconds and say you betcha. Nor does he hunt wolves from a helicopter. A much better alternative, IMO.

    Comment by raingods | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  18. Rusty, he’s like everyone else, prone to use the wrong word every now and then. Saying ‘administrative’ instead of ‘legislative’ is nowhere near as egregious an error as saying the Veep runs the Senate. Palin makes me long for the halcyon days of Dan Quayle.

    Comment by SirOtter | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  19. The impression I got was not that he mixed up legislative with administrative, but that he mixed up first with second. He didn’t seem to know that the Veep is in both branches of the government, by virtue of being President of the Senate, although he probably does realize he only gets to vote in it, when a tie-breaker is needed. Palin did, in fact, get that part right, even if she had to look it up ahead of time. Biden doesn’t bother checking his facts. I lost track of the number of things he got wrong during the debate.

    Comment by Rusty | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  20. Um….no. The Veep is not a part of the legislative branch, although he or she performs a function in the legislative branch.

    From Article I, Section 3 of the US Constitution: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

    The House has a similar requirement, neither of which identifies the Veep as part of the Legislative Branch. It was silly of Madison and Co. to leave that a tad vague, but they took a sadistic delight in being as cryptic as possible in several places in the document.

    Nor does the Veep ‘run’ the Senate, which is what Palin said. He or she presides over the Senate when it is in session, which is a vastly different thing from running it, and was only devised to give the poor Veep something to do while waiting for the President to kick off, abdicate or give them a more interesting task, like going on fact-finding tours of Tahiti. Which alone should provide a sufficient occupation for anyone. The Senate does pretty much as it wishes, until and only until they get deadlocked and have to wake the Veep up long enough to break the tie. Otherwise, he or she watches the proceedings in the Senate chamber (where only a fraction of the actual Senatorial work is accomplished) until ennui overtakes them and they have to be nudged to stop the snoring.

    Comment by SirOtter | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  21. We have Boris Johnson, the mayor of London.

    When he won, he was out for a run and was told by the media outside his home. Afterward he proceeded to go inside, only to find he had locked himself out of his own house.
    He’s an upper class twit of the highest order, but he still knows a thing or two about politics.

    Biden made gaffs, and McCain, and even Obama. Gaffs are part of politics.
    Palin came across as plain ignorant and her divisive rhetoric was disgusting.

    Obama fascinated people over here, but it was only when she popped up that they started rooting for him.

    Comment by CritGit | November 6, 2008 | Reply

  22. And if even half the reports now coming out from the McCain campaign are true, she is more clueless than previously thought to be. My favorite is her not knowing Africa wasn’t just one country, let alone a continent.

    Comment by raingods | November 6, 2008 | Reply

  23. I’d heard that one but it sounded so dumb I assumed it was a nasty, believable rumour.

    Comment by CritGit | November 6, 2008 | Reply


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