I went to work last night very concerned about the future of the United States. As I remarked in an earlier blog, Willard “Mitt” Romney reminded me more of a shady used-car salesman than of a statesman worthy of the Presidency. I was afraid he would con just enough Americans into voting for him to win the office, and, when one looks at the popular vote tallies, it wouldn’t have taken that many votes to swing the election to his favor. It’s not that I think Americans are easily duped, but enough of us are willing to suspend disbelief, to give someone the benefit of the doubt, that it seemed very possible to me that the Obama/Biden team might very well lose the election in a squeaker. Between the lies continuously spread by the surrogates of the GOP, as well as the demonstrably false claims made by the Romney campaign, I was seriously worried as I went into work at 5pm Pacific Time that enough people would be convinced to vote for Romney. Early returns didn’t ease my mind, as he jumped ahead with the first counts.
As the night wore on, and the President’s count improved, I began to believe that maybe, just maybe, we were dodging a historical bullet, and that the future of this country, and that of the rest of the world as well, would be much brighter. Once the mid-west began reporting, it became clear that “four more years” would be a reality.
Much like 2008, however, good news came with bad. Here in California in 2008, we voted Obama, but also approved Prop 8, and stole marriage equality from the gay community. In 2012, we re-elected President Obama, but still have a GOP controlled House of Representatives.