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History Unfolding: President Obama Wins Second Term

It’s official, the Obama/Biden ticket has won the 2012 election!!!!!!!! I stayed up till 2:15 and that was as far as I could go. I fell out, drunk and jubilant when Obama came on stage to give his acceptance speech.

It should be noted that I am big on revenge and was distraught at the anticlimatic acceptance speech by Romney. He looked not in the slightest bit chastened and had the nerve to be gracious, if you can believe that happy crappy. In some mature corners of the world that was great but it would have been ever so much more satisfying to see him humbled. Oh well, he’s to rich for that, yes? Yes.

Nate Silver is a god among men. His prediction was spot on. He can brush his shoulder’s off with ease and thumb his nose without impunity at the naysayers lol. Clearly, they don’t know shit about arithmetic.

Bill Clinton came out in such a big way for Obama that it was incredibly moving. Bubba is the bomb. There are few things as moving as a Leo with a purpose lol. The Obamas and the Clintons make a powerful political alliance and I am sure that 2016 ticket will have Secretary Clinton on the ticket and President Obama will work equally hard to get her elected.

Other reasons for joy, let me count the ways…

1. I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one… 99 problems

2. Last night’s election was a referendum on Citizen’s United. Money, billions of dollars of it, did not make the difference that Adelson, the Koch Brothers, corporations and captains of industry hoped it would make. Our votes could not be bought and for that i am incredibly PROUD.

3. People united against the tide of dirty money to be heard. If we could bottle that collective democratic consciousness we would truly be rich. Looking at the lines in Florida and Ohio, what people had to go through to excercise their right to vote and yet they were NOT moved, speaks volumes about what Americans are made of.

4. Women let their voices be heard!!! We gained four new Senate seats and held six which were up for re-election. Among my favorite’s are, Senator Elect Elizabeth Warren, creator of the CFPB, and Tammy Baldwin, our first openly gay senator. When Akin and Mourdock were defeated… Well, that strange sound you heard was me yelling out the window lol.

5. Marriage equality made historic strides last night winning initiatives in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. This is a giant stride for civil rights and as a member of the LGBT community I am overjoyed.

6. Marijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington for recreational use. Woot!

7. Somewhere Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell are crying over their coffee. They FAILED. Ha!!!

8. Some day soon, I and millions of others of the uninsured, can get affordable health insurance. Lives will be saved, rhetoric be damned.

9. Most importantly, we beat back the tide of extremism and Right Wing idealogues that were attempting to roll back years of progress, so now I can exhale…. and continue drinking since I don’t live in Colorado or Washington 🙂

The single fly in the ointment is that Republicans retained the House and it’s a very BIG fly. It makes me nervous but after the last 18 months and in particular, the last two weeks, I’ve become used to that.

Logic says the GOP will finally need to work across party lines to move the country forward. America’s face has changed, and this election underscores their lack of broad demographic appeal. They are left with no choic but to revamp and expand their policies to be more inclusive of the broadening electorate or risk attrition as America becomes increasingly diverse.

It’s unbelievable to me that Michele Bachmann held on to her seat but that is offset a tiny bit by the loss of the scourge known as Allen West! I loathed him, truly.

Personally, I think it’s deliciously ironic that the people who they’ve enslaved, demeaned and marginalized are now controlling the destiny of this country by sheer numbers. Clearly, it’s an outcome they never anticipated.

The struggle continues but we can savor this victory for at least one day before moving on to the next challenge. Achieving this victory affirms people power and should give us hope that more strides can be made. This is what democracy looks like…

 

Need a laugh? Check this out 🙂

Video of The Week #8: President Obama, Melissa Harris Perry, Citizens United, Racism & The GOP (Updated)

1. “Today, President Obama will participate in the first completely virtual interview from the White House to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the live interview, which will be held through a Google+ Hangout, the President will answer questions submitted by people from across the country. In fact, more than 227,000 people have participated already, submitting over 133,000 questions and casting more than 1.6 million votes on the questions they would like to hear President Obama address. In the Hangout, the President will be joined by a selection of citizens who will engage in the conversation live.

Don’t miss your chance to Hangout with the President. Watch live at 5:30 EST on Monday, January 30, 2012. Your interview with President Obama will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/WhiteHouse and on the White House Google+ page.”

2. I found this video compiled by Think Progress in an article entitled, “The GOP’s Racial Politics“. The video does a great job of underscoring how much Race still matters in America. In particular, how racism is used as a tactic to appeal to bigots to drum up Republican support. Some have opined that this is just a “bad” election year but as I’ve said before it’s implications are much deeper than that. The fact that such behavior is a historic tool of the GOP makes me wonder why any person of color, or conscience, would ever align themselves with the Republican party.

You may also find this interesting, a letter from Catholic leaders taking the GOP candidates to task for their racialized messages.

3. This video, Democracy For Billionaires,  is an excerpt from 1/28, Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. It’s about Newt Gingrich, Sheldon Adelson and Citizens United. It’s excellent and a must watch. If you would like more information on Sheldon, click here. Take a stand…

4. And finally, the fantastic Melissa Harris Perry in a Q&A session on her book Sister Citizen.

BONUS: The fight for democracy, equality and integrity continues. MHP’s new show starts this weekend  on 2/18/12 and I’m expecting big things 🙂 Enjoy!

“In addition to her role at MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry is also columnist for The Nation magazine, and will continue to write her monthly column, titled Sister Citizen. Harris-Perry is also a Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, where she will continue to teach, and is the Founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South, housed at the university’s Newcomb College Institute. A celebrated author, Harris-Perry recently published her second book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale 2011), which examines the effects of persistent harmful stereotypes on black women’s politics. Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

In 2009, Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University, as well as the youngest woman ever to deliver the prestigious Ware Lecture. Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School.”  – Excerpt from http://www.MSNBC.com