Twelve years ago my heart was broken. Al Gore was 'robbed' of his rightful election victory. I was so depressed and unhappy. So relieved when four years later John Kerry was the new Democratic candidate. I thought he would be a great president. I could not imagine that George W. Bush could possibly be re-elected after all the 'terrible' things I could clearly see he had done. I got through the next four years by joining The Daily Kos and wallowing in left wing thinking and grass roots planning.
I became a strong Hillary supporter and believed that America would never elect a black President. But when Barack Obama became the candidate I was able to support his candidacy enthusiastically. If the man could succeed through the primary jungle and the Clinton machine -- well he would be a force to be reckoned with come the election.
So I have a political view that is to the left of centre. The aftermath of the recent election has shown that there are an awful lot of people on the other side of the political spectrum who are now feeling as I did in 2000 and 2004 -- very upset and very angry. And honestly I ache for these people while at the same time feeling unbelievably relieved that President Obama was re-elected.
Last week a young woman in Arizona tried to kill her husband by running him down with her car in a parking lot -- because Romney lost and she believed she would have to leave the State and move to New Mexico. Her husband's fault was that he had not voted! At first the story tickled my funny bone -- until I saw a picture of the woman -- a police mug shot -- and she looked so angry and so young and so vulnerable. It wasn't so funny to me then...
In The Times yesterday was a small snippet about several states that have filed petitions demanding that their State be allowed to secede from the Nation. Apparently, the White House has promised to respond to those states with more than 25,000 signatures by December 12, 2012 -- 36 states are compiling or have compiled signatures. And not just states that voted Republican either -- New Jersey, New York and New Mexico, as well as California are filing. To be honest 8 years ago I had similar feelings -- though I don't remember any petitions being filed. It didn't occur to me that a state should secede on its own, but rather that the blue states and red states should be separate countries.
There have also been petitions submitted to strip people who have signed petitions of their citizenship and exile them -- where to exile 900,000+ people, one might ask?
In the UK Scotland is having a vote on whether or not to separate itself from the United Kingdom -- I think the vote is in 2014. The Man says 'let 'em go', if that's how they feel. Well, I guess that will happen if that's what the people decide.
For what it's worth, if you are disappointed and angry with the election results I send commiserations and sympathy even if I wouldn't change the result.
One last thought. The worst that can happen in a democracy is that there is no opposition. Democracy demands tolerance and compromise. Our country was founded by people who profoundly disagreed about what kind of government was best. The basis for many of those arguments still persist. Resolving those arguments has wrought a great nation -- let's not 'blow' it...