Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We are and always will be the United States

Exhaustion is the predominant feeling. There is the physical exhaustion of not really having slept for two days. I was up well into Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and then up at 6 a.m. on Wednesday to take part in its "American Breakfast" -- an hour and a half of drinking tea with a fellow American and a Welsh historian, occasionally breaking to tell Garry Owen that this is pretty awesome.

But there is also the emotional exhaustion of having had my head swimming in this and fretting in this for too long. And the emotional exhaustion of knowing that this is actually the easy part. The United States needs root change; Obama and the Democrats will have limited time to enact that change and will need to work outside party lines to achieve it.

I pointed out on radio today that the last time the Democrats had the presidency and a majority in the House and Senate was during the Carter years. Not even Carter would try to suggest that those were particularly good times.

History is history and that's nice but there is also the need to realign, reinvigorate, refocus; to rediscover America the shit they sing about. One of the beautiful-frustrating things about America, which in part led to Obama becoming president-elect, is Americans' willingness not to be tied to their past. What's important is now. I think Obama understands that and I am hopeful.

Right now, though, I just want to get some sleep.

Meanwhile the senate race in Minnesota may face recount, Ashwin Madia lost, and the fucktard wingnut who called for an investigation of people with anti-American views has held onto her seat. Minnesota, Minnesota -- why do you hurt me so?

There are big mountains to climb.

"This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time -- to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth -- that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: yes we can."


Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for Election Withdrawal Symptoms to kick in.

Great news. Even the Chimpanzee you elected the last two times thought it was "awesome". After eight years it's good to have a president with a three-digit IQ again.

Pearl said...

As a resident of Minnesota, I apologize for the "WTF" moment anyone who knows about Michelle Bachmann must have experienced when they realized she'd been re-elected. In our defense, that district is truly backward and there's talk about sending it to either North or South Dakota, where they don't seem to mind that sort of thing.


Unknown said...

There's a recount on for the Senate seat, so we can look forward (sarcasm) to yet more politicking. A recount is appropriate, I think, with Coleman with less than 500 vote margin.

RIP Paul Wellstone.