The Presidential election wasn't the only race being voted on last night, however. There were judges, House and Senate members, tons of state level politicians, and provisions of all kinds on ballots yesterday. I'm sure I'll post on the outcomes of many of those races over the next few days.
One of the biggest things I've noted is that, for the first time in our nation's history, there were state elections that actually came out in favor of gay marriage. In almost every state where gay marriage is legal, it has been via judicial ruling. (Iowa being the exception, as it was done via state congress.) In the states of Washington, Maryland, and Maine, this precedent was broken. Congratulations on voting for the equality of everyone in your state.
How can we have a President that the majority of the country didn't elect to office? What does that say about how broken our system of government is? Recount! Revote! Revolt!
Etcetera...etcetera...ad infinitum. What is conveniently forgotten in moments of time such as last night, when the wild fervor of election night is in full swing, when sense and reason have completely abandoned both sides, is that this has, indeed, happened before in our country's history. In the 2000 general election, former Vice President Al Gore actually did win the popular vote - not by millions, but by thousands - and still lost the election. I'm not sure how many Republicans were crying foul, as their guy won. I can honestly say that if Romney had won the popular vote but lost the election, I would firmly believe he should be our president this morning. It's only fair if you believe something no matter who ends up benefiting from it.
This morning, we are left with the raw aftermath of last night. During the aforementioned Great Wild Fervor of election night, many things were said to many people in many different ways. Social networks became battlegrounds where friends and family waged wars of ideology against one another, forgetting that neither candidate is going to put a chicken in every pot and a car in every driveway. Much to my surprise, I actually received a threatening phone call from someone in my family this morning, right around the time when I thought "well, at least I didn't lose any friends over this." I suppose that statement is still technically true.
I'm writing this today in hopes that both sides will buck up. If your candidate won, then good for you. He's not been a perfect president, though, so please do not cherry pick his administration's past to fit your whitewashed agenda. If your candidate lost, the anti-Christ isn't hot on his heels to start the Rapture or Ragnarok or Return of the Phoenix. (Jean Grey reference, anyone?) Each side has flaws, and both sides have done nothing but try to make you, me, and everyone around the world believe that the opposing candidate is going to steal your babies and force you to give your money to people you don't want to. So much of the messaging is filled with lies and half-truths and, if nothing else, outright meanness that I am halfway hoping that the Mayans were right and we never have to go through this again.
Today is a raw day. It's a victorious day for those that voted for Obama, but it is a day of exposure and hurt on both sides. Here's to another chance at 4 years to fix the in-fighting, the fighting across the aisle, and the notion that we cannot work together because I have a (D) next to my name and you have an (R) next to yours.
Share your thoughts on the elections in the comments below. Are you celebrating today? Did you engage in any serious arguments? Was anything a surprise to you?
Love and Lyte,