Good morning America! Yesterday our vote was not as insignificant as a drop of water. Tens and hundreds and millions of drops of water moved together in a raging current to turn the wheel of progress. Alone, we can do nothing; together, we can change the world. It is that sense of buoyancy and hope that greets me on the morning after election fatigue. We cheer Four More Years for Obama and that is no insignificant exclamation. We are grateful, enthusiastic, and hopeful about so many election results.
A record number of 10 women were elected to the U.S. Senate; nine of them democrats. The right for women to vote is a right that women and men died for. Susan B. Anthony, we honor you today. Not only are women voting—they are a real voting bloc that makes a difference in the presidential election— but women and men are voting women into political office! No longer are they relegated to the domestic sphere, but human beings with boobs who birth babies are actually making and passing laws of this country. Ten female senators elected in one night. What a watershed moment!
And to all the homos and their gay allies, a collective nation pumps its fist in the air and celebrates us! History was made last night! The forward-thinking people of Maine stood up for democracy, equality, and the most basic civil rights of our fellow Americans to say “Yes, we stand with our gay citizens of this state for your right to say I do the the person of your choice.” In Minnesota, a slim (but big enough) percentage of voters said “Take that you homophobic bastards. You will not amend our constitution to cement the definition of marriage as heterosexual privilege.” And in a month, gay marriages will begin a new day in the state of Washington. The people voted and said, “Finally, you are welcome here. We all deserve to love and be loved.” In Michigan, a mayor who was known for her anti-gay remarks was recalled from office. Harvey Milk said, “It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours. If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We’ve given them hope.” Last night Sean Patrick Maloney become the first openly person elected to represent New York in Congress. In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin’s victory makes her the first openly gay candidate elected to the U.S. Senate. Did you read that? Wisconsin! Take that Paul Ryan, you disgustingly, close-minded, Neanderthal troll!
In Colorado and Washington the voters approved the decriminalization of marijuana. Pot-smoking is not just for those with cataracts anymore. No one should spend time in an overcrowded jail because they puffed and passed at a Jimmy Buffett concert. Save prison for the criminals! And to those who say “Yes we cannabis” in Michigan, five cities passed legislation to decriminalize possession.
Keep in mind, with the re-election of President Obama, 30 million Americans without health insurance are certainly winners because they will in less than 14 months have access to medical coverage without the threat of a Romney White House pushing for repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
There are many victories to celebrate. Elizabeth Warren’s triumph in Massachusetts. The defeat of Todd Akin, that Todd Akin who said legitimate rape victims rarely get pregnant. The Tea Party turd Mourdock who made the callous comment about rapes that end in pregnancy being god’s intention was defeated as well.
The election of November 6 tells us that we are on the right side of history. That we are not alone. That enough single drops of water can move a country. Maybe, just maybe we can be the best country on Earth again, and not just for the rich, white folks at the top but for all of us, all of us yearning to be free… Thank you voters! I love you!