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What a wonderful morning.

I'm exhausted, my face hurts, and I feel light and happy about things for the first time in a long while. I've already seen ugly comments from the McCain supporters, things like they've woken up to a bad dream, that this is all about race, and other ridiculous, hurtful, backwards statements. This is why that party lost: you're not getting it.

It's not because Obama is black that he won, it's because people of ALL races and backgrounds and ages and religion finally felt that THEIR voice was heard. It was not a black voice, it was a voice of NEW IDEAS. Most importantly, and this is really the biggest point, it was a POSITIVE and KIND voice. It's a voice that has clearly listened to both sides. A voice that commands quiet and thoughtful discourse. A voice that triggers a burning in your chest that makes you feel that this time, finally, something GOOD will happen for the rest of us schlubs, not just the people that have been paying for their policies to get passed.

Look. I live in the reddest county in Texas. I'm surrounded by people that will be taxed more by Obama's plan. And not to put too fine a point on it, eventually my husband and I will be hurt by it, too. But guess what? I want better schools. I don't want talk about how we need it, I want someone that LOVES education and educators to make it a priority. Obama and his wife know that they benefited wholly from their education (and their loving families.) They weren't legacies shuttled from school to school because the library at the university has their grandfather's name on it.

And there it is, right there: they aren't legacies. Barack Obama made it where he is right now because of hard work, because of his kind and thoughtful nature, and because of his intelligence and love for the American Dream.

The American Dream won last night, not a black man. WE won. And the beauty of him, and why those of us that love him do, is because he knows that. This isn't a strategic play on a chess board, this is a man that when you talk to him, he stops and listens, looking you in the eye. He's not thinking of how to spin what he's got planned to say, he's actually listening to you. Hell, he turned my husband from a card carrying RNC member to a stumper for his campaign based on four political conversations they had on flights from DC to Chicago.

I admired John McCain last night with his lovely and heartbreaking concession speech. No one can doubt that he loves his country. Hell, I even got choked up for Palin, a woman that I do not admire, but I do not hate, either. They love their country, and they thought they were the ones to help us, but we disagreed. And how shameful that the audience there marred McCain's beautiful speech with ugly booing and jeering; he was clearly offended by it. Please. Let us reach across party lines because here's the thing: it doesn't matter any more. Blue, red, liberal, conservative, right now we need each other. We need to hear what each other has to say in a civil manner. The old days of politics are going out the door. It's time for adults to talk rationally with one another, to calmly listen, and if needed, to say, "You were right, I was wrong."

Guys, it is time for this country to look at each other and be proud that no matter what the other believes, we are AMERICANS. We are IDEALISTS. That is what this beautiful place was founded on, and we've lost sight of it. Don't tell me we can't do it. I'll just smile, put my arm around you, and turn up the volume of the hundreds of thousands of first time voters (and not because they're 18, either) chanting:

YES WE CAN!

I am so proud to be an American. I always have been a nationalist, but now I can really hold my head high. A young, intelligent, thoughtful man is now our president. We're moving in a good direction. I hope you all come with us.

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spiralleds
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Sing it, Sister!
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Mi mi mi mi miiiiiiiiii! :D
copykween
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
This is why that party lost: you're not getting it.

EXACTLY! But I do so look forward to them getting it in the future.

I have been buzzing with excitement since last night. If all his plans and ideas become realized, this country will be a beautiful thing. *bounces*
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
It was so evident when you looked at the groups gathered last night: McCain had older white people. Obama had... every one else. There's more to America than the people that spread chain mails of hate, you know?

I'm so happy today.
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stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
I did tell you that the Mr. knows Obama, right? They worked in the same building for one of the Mr.s projects, and would fly back and forth from DC to Chicago? He's really who he appears to be. I think my husband has a man crush on him. hell, I think half the country does.

I really really believe he's going to bring us back to pride and involvement in our politics, lives, and each other!
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xochitl42
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
[[[HUGS]]]

I'm 15 hours ahead, here; I was at work when one of my co-workers (we were all watching election updates via Intarwebz) looked over and told me McCain was talking about something, live on the video feeds.

I'd been watching the numbers move all day, but I lived through 2000 and 2004; I wasn't taking anything as given until someone conceded. And that's exactly what McCain was doing.

I had to step outside; I was in tears. McCain's not an evil human being. But I disagreed very strongly with the policies he intended to put into motion, and the attitudes his campaign engendered in certain segments of the American populace.

For the first time in eight years, I actually feel hope. I hadn't known it had been so sorely missing until I got it back. Now I'm not embarrassed to admit I'm American to people who ask about my accent anymore.

Now, I'm off to sleep. I managed to write a few more words in the radio novel, whose idea is beginning to catch better, but STILL. Eeesh. Like combing nits outta steel wool, I tell you.

I'm gonna get the first night of good sleep I've had in nearly a decade, apparently. I bid y'all a good night. :D
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
McCain's not evil, and I wish that his supporters would stop with the Obama = evil shit, too. McCain admires him and was gracious, why can't others, you know?

And you gnailed it: we all feel HOPE again!! It's so wonderful. Sleep tight! <3
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poshcat
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
This is why I love you, because you say all the things I'm feeling and I don't have to type a word. Yay!

I can't believe your husband got to talk to him. That's fantastic.

Now....let's dance. WOOT!
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah for a few months he would come back from his week's traveling with a big grin on his face. (I think they had an affair. Hahahaha.)

I am SO HAPPY!! *spins and dips you*
turnonmyheels
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
and yet so many heartbreaking and to me horrifying things passed.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27523989/

So much good mixed in with just enough hate and ignorance to sour the pot. I find myself waffling back and forth between a quiet and joyful and mourning. I can't believe people in California think it's more important for chickens, pregnant cows and pigs to have space than it is to allow gays to marry
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
There will be more elections and more chances now for open discourse. I'm telling you, we're going to experience a few jerks and bumps on this road to new ideas, but once that train gets rolling, things will change all over, I just feel it!

I'm sad that some backwards ideas were voted into law, but they won't always be there. Be hopeful, be determined, and be positive! (And patient, too, unfortunately.) <3
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obsessedmuch
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
If I did not already think you were brilliant and wonderful and amazing, this post would have convinced me so.

You made me cry again about the whole thing. I feel so much HOPE, and so much confidence in the man, that my heart is light and my head is clear again.

I love my country, finally. It may not be perfect by a long shot, but it's mine and I am proud of it.

YAY!
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, my eyes keep misting up, just overwhelmed by the happiness of so many, you know?

See, I've always loved my country. I've been upset by leaders, I've been upset and angry about policies, but I've always loved America. I'm just so happy that more of you out there are feeling that, too. And now we can be proud of our leader, too!! That's a wonderful feeling after so many years of disappointment and apathy.

YES WE CAN!!
jennem
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm surrounded by people that will be taxed more by Obama's plan. And not to put too fine a point on it, eventually my husband and I will be hurt by it, too. But guess what? I want better schools. I don't want talk about how we need it, I want someone that LOVES education and educators to make it a priority. Obama and his wife know that they benefited wholly from their education (and their loving families.) They weren't legacies shuttled from school to school because the library at the university has their grandfather's name on it.

Yes. Yes. Yes!

Having good schools? Is a normatively good thing. Insuring people, so their teeth don't rot out of their head, and they can get good health care at a general practitioner's office, instead of clogging up the emergency room? Is a normatively good thing. People who make a quarter of a million dollars -- A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS -- a year or more should be taxed at a higher rate because paying for things like good schools and decent healthcare betters society. And, I say that as a person who, in about three years, will be paying higher taxes because I will make more than a quarter of a million dollars a year.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
I've never understood why people don't understand that a healthy and educated populace is in EVERYONE'S best interests.
mere_ubu
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, ma'am! :D

I've been smiling all over my face since last night. I think I'm about to get a cramp! *sigh* Until I remember that Arkansans voted in a gay adoption ban yesterday. We have so much work to do. :(

I thought that McCain's speech was very gracious but absolutely could not believe the booing. I've never heard such a thing during a concession speech and hope that those people get their ishoos under control, stat.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
I LOVE YOUR ICON!

There is a LOT of work to do! Obama said as much last night, and we've got to take that to heart - no more sitting on our laurels. We're going to have to talk to each other, and more importantly, LISTEN to each other. Both sides.

The audience at McCain's rally last night really did him a disservice. I was very moved by his speech, and he never had my vote, so...
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stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I really feel that hope, you know? (Of course you do!) The kids were so pleased last night. They've had to endure other kids saying stupid things like Obama's a terrorist, and all that crap. Which meant their parents were saying it, and UGH. Hopefully people will be able to move forward with INTELLIGENCE and GRACE.

I made him tell me about those convos over and over. After an hour or so on a flight, the Mr. finally just turned to Obama and said, "I feel like the Republican party abandoned me. All the principles they were based on, they're gone." He said Obama sat for a minute, chewing that over (this is in 2006, btw.) and then asked him which principles meant the most, and how he agreed in many, but not all, and just...

THAT is what you want in a leader!!
jenshih_blue
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Blessed be!

I admit that I am one of those people that had lost any faith in our political system. For the first time in years I saw hope again. Over the past decade I've seen so many people who felt the same way and my life has been particularly difficult over the past six years. I've been laid off from two jobs, am in the throws of bankruptcy, and am living hand to mouth.

For the first time in years I proudly walked into my polling location and without doubt or hesitation voted for a man who has inspired me to find my hope once more. And what a battle cry...

YES WE CAN!

I truly believe once more that we can. *smiles & tears up*
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, i can completely understand that lost sense of hope. A majority of us had no voice in Washington for YEARS.

Your comment is absolutely choking me up. YOU NOW HAVE A VOICE IN WASHINGTON. It's not going to be easy, and it's not going to be overnight, but change IS coming! *hugs you tight*
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kben
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, you and your fancy connections to the President Elect.

McCain's speech was great and it's unfortunate that his crowd appeared to be such dicks. I'm actually surprised he conceded so early. Part of me wonders if he was just glad to call it a day. I mean, the man is in his seventies.

As for Barackalicious, I get scared when he speaks because everything he says just makes so much sense. And then I think, what world is this where we assume that a guy just saying it like it is must be too good to be true?

Now, I have to go back to fretting over Prop 8.

But, yay, us!
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
I thought the same - McCain looked exhausted. Then again, they knew what was at stake, and when Penn and Ohio and Virginia went blue, there really wasn't a chance for him.

Oh my god, your cynicism is what I was trying to explain to my stupid father! Our generation (and the rising gen.) have too much access to info to be fooled by pretty words and back-end deals, you know? It's so refreshing to hear Obama speak, because he's just talking to you, and it's truthful, and we're all so blown away by it, which, isn't that sad? But it's changing, I really really believe it.

Prop. 8 is making me sad, too, however! The CA Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional, so they may intervene. Also, there will be another vote soon and we'll get it right. We'll all grow up as a nation and quit this defining people bullshit.
bitchygrrl
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
That icon is for you and your wonderful post. Just so well said. I was so said with the way McCains supporters acted during his speech. I felt bad for him. I think in his heart he is good man, and he loves his country. I feel proud to be an American again.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
I find it cheapens what was accomplished last night to say Obama won because he's black. He won because of what he BELIEVES. We had two candidates that had worthy qualities to be leaders, but Obama stands for more of us, and different ideals, period, not because he's black.

*HUGS YOU*
positivelyb
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
My entire flist is awash with posts similar to these. Feelings of hope and joy and pride that make me incredibly happy. It's incredible and moving how excited people seem, after such a long stretch of apathy. I feel like I can finally stand up and be proud of what my country is, and I'm going to ride that high all the way to Inauguration Day.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Doesn't it make you feel good to see all of these positive and hopeful posts? So much better than the energy in 2004, that's for sure. :)

I'm happy to continue to be a proud American, and not having to constantly explain that we weren't always like the past 8 years... That chapter is OVER, WHOO!!!
tabaqui
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
It's not because Obama is black that he won, it's because people of ALL races and backgrounds and ages and religion finally felt that THEIR voice was heard. It was not a black voice, it was a voice of NEW IDEAS. Most importantly, and this is really the biggest point, it was a POSITIVE and KIND voice. It's a voice that has clearly listened to both sides. A voice that commands quiet and thoughtful discourse. A voice that triggers a burning in your chest that makes you feel that this time, finally, something GOOD will happen for the rest of us schlubs, not just the people that have been paying for their policies to get passed.

YESYESYESYESYESYES.

Exactly.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I think it's shameful and small minded to think other wise. And then I point again to my sentence: you're not getting it, and that is why your party lost.

What a great day for the unspoken, you know??? <3
jazzqueen
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Great post. I can't wait to see what President Obama will do.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (And don't you mean what he will inspire US to do? Heh.) But yeah - agreed. I'm so looking forward to the future!
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stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I clapped my hands when he called Obama his president. The man showed a lot of class in the end.
timeofchange
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Word.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
FIST PUMP!
solipsiae
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Best write-up I've read all morning.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Angie, I am SO relieved. Except I'm dreading my first conversation with my dad. I know you know what I'm talking about...
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kita0610
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
THIS.

I can't even imagine what it must be like to be black today- to see Obama up there and to see yourself. But the thing is? When I look at him, I see ME too. For the first time EVER, I feel like there is a politician who represents ALL of us. Every "Other" possible- and this is the U.S., man, there are a ton of possibles. And he wants to do the best thing for every one of us. For ME. I just. I don't have words for that, L. I just don't. All I got are tears and gratefulness.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
YES YES YES! Of course it's wonderful for the black race, but it's really wonderful for ALL races, all sexes, all levels of income (unless you're a douchey rich person that's all MINE MINE MINE)

I keep getting overwhelmed with gratitude and joy, and it's so wonderful to have so many people to share that with! <3
cherusha
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
And how shameful that the audience there marred McCain's beautiful speech with ugly booing and jeering; he was clearly offended by it.

And I think we saw more of the real John McCain in those moments than we did throughout his entire campaign. That's the sad side of politics.

A young, intelligent, thoughtful man is now our president.

Like a breath of fresh air, forgive the cliche. This is what the world needs too: someone with a first-class intellect and first-class temperament, who seems more willing to work with nations towards understanding than being divisive. Hopefully this will lead to a restoration of America's positive image in the world. From my small local sphere, I can tell you many here in Shanghai support and even feel inspired by Obama and this election whereas Bush was more or less a blight that fueled some pretty harsh stereotypes on what Americans are like.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I said the same thing about McCain, too! "Why didn't THIS guy run instead of the angry man that allowed his running mate to say hateful things that didn't further discourse at all?" Last night showed a man I would have supported, had he actually won.

First-class temperament: EXACTLY. Someone thoughtful and inventive, not a hot head, like you said. It's just so exciting right now!
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darlas_mom
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Damn it, Stoney, I only just stopped crying!

I've been all happy-weepy all day. This morning, my little girl sat in my lap while I brushed her hair and it may be the first time in history a six-year-old clapped and cheered over something on CNN. That...that was amazing. THIS is amazing.

McCain's speech was lovely, and his supporters booing during it was shockingly disrespectful. So disheartening. :-/ However, my paternal grandmother lives in Arizona and is a Republican, so I comforted myself with a mental image of her down there, thwapping the nearest boo-er and demanding his mother's phone number so she could call and ask if she had bothered to teach him better than that. :-) (She's an archetypal dainty Southern Belle from Alabama when it comes to politeness in public, but she was also the type of mom who would quite readily smack one of her three kids for embarrassing her if they had done anything like that in her presence.)

I feel so much joy and hope today. It's amazing, but at the same time, sort of overwhelming. I keep wondering to myself, "What have we gotten ourselves into? The world is a better place this morning than it was when I went to bed last night--I've never been secure in that knowledge before!"
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
I've been on the phone with friends all morning, we're all just chirping and bouncing, happy to have a leader that will let us be proud Americans, that will inspire more people to CARE. It's just a terrific feeling!!
lynnenne
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
I am so happy and excited for all of you. And on behalf of the rest of the world, let me just say: Well done!
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
hahahaha, I know, right?? We did good last night, for sure. <3 <3
dampersnspoons
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
I was so angry when the crowd started booing during McCain's speech and yet he made me cry. As much as I was against his campaign, and I'm not making excuses by any means, but a part of me feels like he was along for the ride in so many instances. Their entire attack plan seemed juvenile and there were times that he looked embarrassed. However...he went along with it, encouraged the mob mentality and look what it cost him. It still puts a nasty taste in my mouth, it still makes me frown at the other side of the political coin but I'm trying not to be as judgmental as they have been of the democrats. It's hard when you see what effects come of nasty campaigns and the butterfly effect of negativity. It was like night and day, seeing the difference in both support groups. One was reverent and hopeful, a feeling I'm sure was brimming with electricity in that crowd, and another that seemed hateful (at least in the beginning) and unwilling to listen.

This, unfortunately, is my fear for the upcoming years. That we will constantly be butting heads with those that refuse to listen, refuse to make checklists of their weaknesses, refuse to offer their strengths...and I think this was something McCain finally saw last night. It's just going to take time, as Obama said, but I wish people weren't so stubborn and actually took the time to realize their own hypocrisies. You can't love a nation you aren't willing to work for, you can't be an American and not roll up your sleeves, you can't abuse the freedoms we've been given without hearing "We the People". And We are the people who will change this nation. We are the ones who finally have something to strive for after decades of wandering blindly through our own selfishness.

Change is something I'm anxious for, impatient for, and willing to do whatever it takes to get it. And that's something I haven't felt, ever. Having Obama as a president is an honor and we should be humbled by his words, apologetic for our past, and willing to open our arms and hearts to new possibilities. I'm ready.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to rise above the partisanship that's been such a problem for politics, too, but they aren't making it easy... I don't know that he encouraged that mob mentality, but his running mate did, which is why Palin was never anyone I could ever support. But I'm going to focus like you said on the hopeful electricity of the Obama camp.

I know that's a fear for a lot of people, but I really don't think it's going to be the same as in the past. First off, the Dems have the majority, secondly, the nation watched a new change be ushered in - they can't ignore their constituents, you know?

That feeling in your last paragraph? YES MA'AM. That's just filling me up, to bursting.
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lawperry
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
McCain may have been offended by the boo-ing... but he also did nothing overtly to stop it.

He had a sterling chance to help stop that... and missed the boat entirely.

And once again, stoney, you have made me cry with a post. Thank you.

What a wonderful morning.
stoney321
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'm going to go on the assumption that he was shocked by it, and was so focused on trying to get through his eloquent speech that he didn't want to deviate from the words. See how I'm trying to be positive and move forward? ;) but I know what you mean.

It is a WONDERFUL morning, isn't it???
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