Thursday, November 06, 2008

Reflections On The Election

First thank you to every one who voted and especially to those of you(you know who you are) who got out and did the leg work and donated your time and resources to make this possible. It's been a long hard road. It's been tried and now the Reagan Revolution is over. The world changes in 30 years and people eventually realize we must go forward. The Republicans have some work to do but I will write a separate post on that.

I don't usually vote for people that end up winning. As a matter of fact I think I have never voted for someone in a Presidential primary that even got the nomination. But tuesday I voted for all winners! I refused to vote at all for the state house. Here in wingnut world we had only one choice there and they were all Republicans. I am still in awe that we now have a Democratic representative in the US congress. How many decades has it been since this district has had that!? I have to say I voted for him reluctantly but I hope he exceeds my expectations. He is absolutely better than his conservative counterpart.

John McCain's concession speech was admirable. He was the only Republican that stood a chance in the election because he was...I stress “was”..different. If the McCain of 2000 would have maintained his principals this election would have been much closer. Unfortunately he pandered to the radical right and found out that this country is far more tired of conservative/neocon thinking than they anticipated. I had to laugh and feel disgust at the same time today. I heard commentators on Fox saying that Obama won by moving to the center and this is still a center right country. WHAT!!? The day before the same people were calling him socialist/Marxist and the most liberal person in the country. People have figured them out. They aren't fooling anybody but the people with the little rightist chip in their brain that gets programmed on a daily basis. They also said this was not a mandate to move left and he would be punished if he went that way. This was a mandate and they can maintain their illusion of a center right country if they want but it is now center left. Their inability to accept changing circumstances is biting them there too. The idea that he will be punished for doing what he promised to do is inane.

I think there are a number of factors that lead to this victory. Of course Geo Bush, his crimes against the people and country and a desire for something very different played a role. Secondly, the community organizer ran a great campaign. A welcome departure from what we have come to expect as Democrats. Howard Dean and his pushing of the 50 state strategy deserves credit too. Who would have ever thought that we could win Indiana. A state whos government was once controlled by the KKK for Gods sake! The McCain campaign was really bad. That leads me to the thing that I think was the primary motivator. People finally got an open, up front look at who and what the radical right really is.

I get really, really tired of the 'you hate America', 'you aid the terrorist' by disagreeing with us bullhockey. This year the name calling and monstrous beast of negativity and fear was clear for all to see. There's much about Sarah Palins wingnuttery that people didn't see but thank God she is dumb as a board and couldn't hide that although the campaign tried. People saw with their own eyes that they would say anything no matter how outrageous to destroy their opponent. In the politics of personal destruction the culprit was clear for all to see. Celebrity/messiah/Muslim and terrorist/socialist/Marxist/baby killer- just a few things he was called. All of that drowned out any policy or plan they may have had(although they didn't seem to have much of that). Their semantic game to the extreme and it worked against them this time. The funny part is many of them have no idea. Nobody is going to tell them either. They will blame it on the liberal media or some malarkey. That's ok with me. Be lost in the forest for as long as you want radical righties.

I am not sure if Obama will be a great President or not. That tale is yet to be told but his election has already had positive results if we can hang on to them. First the obvious. Someone besides a white male is President. So many more people now feel they count and can make a difference. Secondly, if you have seen the overseas reaction, they are as ecstatic as we are. To be the leader somebody has to be following. That's something the Bush crowd never comprehended. This election goes a long way toward the world giving us another chance. Thirdly, this was a people powered win. Grassroots won this, they donated much of the money and did the leg work. A refreshing change in a world of corporate government. This is only the beginning but lets hope our new President can convince people that they need to be involved if they want their country back. If you don't want government to do everything then we the people are going to have to get it done ourselves. I must admit to not feeling very patriotic or proud of my country for some time now. It didn't live up to the values that we profess. As a matter of fact in the last 8 years they didn't even try. They blatantly said it would put us in danger to preserve our liberties or work for peace instead of war or refrain from torture and on and on. I'm starting to get that proud of my country feeling again. I hope dearly that it continues. They very best part about the whole deal for me is this:



Anonymous Tim Regler said...

Well said as usual Ron! I got pretty choked up last night when it became official. I immediately thought about Dr. King, and the words he spoke the night before his assassination. I wondered if this was the promised land that he had been allowed to see. Later, I remembered a time back in 2000 when I was traveling back to Albuquerque with my family, and we had stopped in Liberal (ironically enough) Kansas for breakfast. After 45 minutes of sitting in the restaurant, and see everyone being waited on except for my family, it became obvious that we weren't being waited on because 3 of my children had dark skin. Not wanting to bring this to the attention of my young daughters, I simply got up and suggested we leave because the service was lousy. It was the only time I had experienced racial prejudice first hand, and my thoughts were with those who have been experiencing it their entire lives. Especially the elderly, who never thought they would live to see the day. Racists are more insignificant today than ever in our nations history. That should give all of us who love our great country, pause to be thankful. Let us all work for the day, that they, along with the Limbaughs, Hannitys, Coulters, Savages, etc. who give so much comfort to racists become TOTALLY insignificant, and tossed into the dustbin of history. We took a major step toward that on Tuesday. God Bless America! God bless her indeed!

7:42 AM, November 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out today's "Doonesbury". LOL
Gotta go to work now. More later.

8:15 AM, November 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely, Tim is right about the race factor and the fact that the GOP was so willing to play the race card as well as the fear card, using all that info put out by the white supremecist hatebloggers shows us all how unethical this supposedly more Christian than us Party has become. The fact that so many people believed it shows how stupid the electorate has become. Worse is where people of color, gays, and the disabled who are victims of discrimination, themselves, couldn't see the lies for the racist propaganda they are.
Believe me, around these parts just being an Obama supporter is enough to get you denied service or get you lousy service (just showing you're a Democrat or worse yet a Liberal is, too.) Example, in one local convenience store I have gotten sullen resentful looks repeatedly from the young underpaid minority clerks who have seen my Obama buttons and shirt. One clerk even refused to acknowledge my question re: where to find something and totally refused to even look at me.
When a group of us went to see Udall and Bingaman, it was obvious that the cop who gave us directions was resentful that we were going to see U&B rather than McCain. Worse, yet is that when a group of Obama volunteers went out to a local restaurant (where by coincidence 6 of the Obama
lawyers(to oversee the election were dining) and wanted to listen to Barack's speech on tv, the staff refused to turn up the volume after promising to do so when the speech came on. Even worse they, then, shut all the tvs off. Worst of all, they called the cops and,like, 6 cop cars showed up. The Dems weren't being loud or obnoxious or anything. All they did was to be obviously happy that their candidate won. All they did was to not hide the fact that they are Democrats in this braindead religious fanatic gun toting flag waving city with its depressed economy that voted 13,000+ for McCain and gave the despicable Pearce another landslide. **** this! If I wanted to get treated this way, I'd move to Mississippi or West Virginia or some place else run by the KKK. Rant over.
Re: Palin-heck, even a board must know that Africa is a continent. I love it that her own Party is ripping her up. How could so many people in Alaska vote for Stevens after his conviction? There are thousands of absentee ballots to count, tho, so when that's done, gotta hope the Dem won. Al Franken is inching closer and I really really hope he prevails in this. He is one of my favorite guests on Letterman-always have to watch him-a totally totally sharp guy. And what will happen to Lieberman? He's toast in Conn. now, so his future plans better include NOT running for the Senate again.
Anyway, your post was right on as most were. Obama is off to a great start and I'm sick of hearing about the conservative leaders of the GOP meeting to determine the future of the Party. The moderate Republicans need to meet to figure out how to take their Party back from the crazies and they need to cooperate with Obama. Country before Party-right?
As, for Palin's future I hope she has to spend eternity trying to pet Barney, the Presidential dog, over and over again...LOL!
Peace out!

7:52 AM, November 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didja see that Palin is calling her critics cowardly? She does know that many of her critics are Republicans after she helped cost McCain the election-right?
Went to the victory dinner for our new Congressman tonight. He is very nice, very down to earth, and I think he's going to be very good for the people here. One of the things I didn't know about him until right before the election is that he quit school to take care of his disabled parents. He built his company up from nothing. I had known already that he treats his employees well and even gives their kids scholarships. Compare that to Tingsley who has supported Bush in everything that benefits the richest of the rich, yet refuses to pay his employees a living wage! Am definitely looking forward to his re-election campaign in 2 years. :-)
Saw a disgusting thing today-some kid (?) used chalk to write NOBAMA and Say No to O.B.! on the sidewalk next to a bus stop downtown. Tried to erase most of this, but without water, it didn't work very well. Isn't it nice how parents are teaching their children to hate and to believe Republican lies? Sort of like Hitler's Youth. }:{
Seems like our guy is off to a good start with his Chief of Staff pick and the guy for the Treasury is supposed to be a financial genius which is what it will take to get us out of this mess. Our local rightwing media nightmare (RDR now stands for Rightwing Dimwit Rant) had a big headline about a 10% drop in the market in the last 2 days. Like the market hasn't been like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride for quite some time and like that's not a lot of why Obama was elected. No, let's make it sound like the stock market is in trouble because the terrible horrible Liberal Senator Obama was elected. So much for fairness and balance in the local press.
The only thing I'm unhappy with our guy about is that he's taking a new puppy to the White House instead of a KITTEN. (At least, SOCKS never bit any reporters even tho he should've during the whole sleazy Lewinsky mess. Heck, Socks should've bitten HER before the whole thing happened and driven her the heck out of D.C.)

7:57 PM, November 07, 2008  

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