I know we’re all sick to death about the election. Even those of us whose guy won last night. Maybe ESPECIALLY those of us whose guy won last night (wasn’t yesterday completely nerve-wracking??). I am so completely glad that I can watch television without fear of seeing ANOTHER election ad. No more will I open my mailbox to be bombarded with postcards and mailers promoting or bashing a candidate. That’s just awesome right there.
But before let this historic (and make no mistake, this election was completely and utterly historic) election fade into history and get on with important topics such as “When Will Evie Sleep In Her Crib?” and “Liam Is Single-Handedly Threatening My Sanity” and “When Will I Be Able To Take Thyroid Meds Again?”, I have a few last things to say about it all.
There are a lot of posts out there today about the election and the results last night. Most of them, so far, are effusive in their joy and hope. But there are some that are less so and these are by the people who were not Obama supporters. One refrain I’ve heard a lot of in the last 12 hours is, “I’m just so worried about the future of our country right now! What have we done?” To that I say: “Now you know how I’ve felt the last 8 years.” I have very, very little sympathy for the people who are wringing their hands and furrowing their brows this morning. Because they had very, very little sympathy for me when Bush won both elections. That may be small and petty of me, but it’s the truth.
I’ve spent 8 years being worried (and I think history has shown that I had a right to feel worried) about our country. And now I see HOPE on the horizon. So I’m going to embrace that hope. Feel free to revel in your cynacism, your doubt, your discouragement… Nothing I can say will help you feel better anyhow, I imagine. But think for a minute that if you just let go of that worry that maybe it would be easier to move forward. I had to do that with both elections. You could say I’m well practiced at it.
And don’t get me wrong. I don’t think Obama has all the answers. He is just ONE man. And the problems facing our country are HUGE right now. Surely, he’ll make mistakes. And I fully expect to call him out on those mistakes. ALL presidents make mistakes. (Just turns out, some make more than others.) (*cough*BUSH*cough*) He’s not PERFECT. But I do believe he has the ability to help us move forward. I believe in him and I believe in our country. THAT is what this election was about and THAT is why I voted for Obama.
The work is just starting. And for the first time in a LONG time, I feel like we can do it. We have a chance. And just for today, I want to feel happy about the status of the world out there. Don’t rain on my parade, mmkay? I’ve waited a long time for this.