So many thoughts this morning. And so much wonderful news out there. Unfortunately I think this post will be a bit rambling as I try to string together the jumbled things in my very tired, albeit still high brain (and that’s a true Rocky Mountain High…not anything to do with Colorado’s new look on life!!).
Sure, let’s start with that…who knew???? I mean, we all know Boulder has it’s own way of looking at life (which, to me, is totally cool), but to be the first state to legalize marijuana??? Who knew? From everything I have been reading (and yes, my news source is the internet as I live pretty isolated here), this is a big damn deal. And may just be the beginning of the beginning as it pertains to the war on drugs. Now, to be sure, I’m far from an expert on this subject, and I definitely don’t have a dog in this fight. I just find it fascinating.
And then there’s Elizabeth Warren!!!!!! This is truly spectacular news. And Teddy Kennedy has got to be smiling wherever he’s hanging out at the moment. This bodes well for us–women (major girl power here), the 47%, the progressive movement, the nation. This was a BIG, damn deal.
Just read a post at The American Prospect (www.prospect.org/article/grand-progessive-victory) entitled The Grand Progressive Victory and this is what I was trying to articulate at 3 am this morning. President Obama’s formidable victory was also so much more than him just being reelected. It signifies something bigger…and the article sums it up perfectly. I won’t try to recap, but suggest, if you are so inclined, you check it out.
Then…and this was really interesting to read…I read an article at www.mediamatters.org (“What the NRA’s ‘All In’ failure means for the media regarding the grand ol’ NRA.”.) Seems they spent an AWFUL lot of money trying to ensure President Obama was not reelected. And that means they LOST an AWFUL lot of money trying to push their fear-based agenda. Given where I reside, I can tell you I am SICK TO DEATH (sorry, should I not use capital letters?…I’m trying to give you the impression that there are some things I feel very strongly about) of hearing that President Obama is “going to take away all of our guns.” Lord love a duck. Really? Really. Am pretty sure not a single thing has been proposed that would even resemble that. Not one single thing. But the NRA popped in with its gazillions of bucks and tried to use that same scare tactic once again. And one of the most refreshing things of the night–IT DIDN’T WORK!!! So take that NRA. We’re not listening. (We being the 47%…which actually translated into a bit greater than 50% if the numbers keep on ticking up…as in the percentage of the popular vote that President O commanded!) We’re smarter than that. We know that guns DO kill people. Oh geez, I digress.
And marriage equality! I don’t have any great posts to direct you to, but holy Toledo (and MAJOR hats off to Toledo by the way…way to go OHIO, but I digress again)…marriage equality amendments in Maine and Maryland? Defeat in Minnesota? And there was another one, but it’s escaping me at the moment (fuzzy, tired brain… lo siento). All in all, an absolutely wonderful night for gay rights. Absolutely awesome. It just shouldn’t matter who you love. Just like it shouldn’t matter what color your skin is…or what half of the species your chromosomes represent. It is about damn time this country starts to recognize that ALL humans are created equal. And President Obama had a FANTASTIC line about this last night (little g and I were cheering and I was crying and there was a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings going around), but unfortunately I cannot remember it right now. I would send you to a transcript of his speech if you missed it–truly electrifying (www.politicususa.com/obamas-2012-presidential-acceptance-speech.html). (If that doesn’t work, just try www.politicususa.com .)
For GREAT election facts and numbers, check out this latest post at www.dailykos.com, entitled “Election Thoughts.” They put together some interesting facts regarding President Obama’s win…the most lovely of which was the one that compared him to FDR as far as being the only incumbent President to win re-election with 50% of the popular vote. Now that is irony, schadenfreude–just absolutely delish.
In fact…all of it is just delish. All of it.
Oh yes…not to be snarky, but I simply can NOT help myself. The Republicans/right-wingers/Teabaggers have been outright nasty for the last four years and so to watch Karl Rove self-implode on Fox News last night….
Cost of Obama apparel for ‘little g’ and me $50
Cost of triple shot espresso mochas to get me through this election $100
Cost of watching Karl Rove self-implode over Ohio being called for President O PRICELESS…absolutely damn PRICELESS
I think that’s enough for now. There is SOOOOOO much more to report. I’m still giddy (more than likely due to the after-effects of all that espresso still coursing through my veins) and life is just too damn good today.