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Nov. 8th, 2008

11:38 am - Back to Earth

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In all my 40+ years of voting, I've never voted for a president who won. Imagine that. (Could it be because I always voted for a third party? Ha!) I'm much too non-mainstream to vote for either of the two major parties... with the exception of last Tuesday. And though I felt a certain heady elation when "my candidate" actually won this time, I had to feel sorry for my Republican friends and some of our extended family. I don't like it when people I love are disappointed and scared. I want to put my arm around them and say, "It's ok. We are all in this together. In reality, we're all on the same team. I love you!" At this point, we all need to tune-in to our spiritual brotherhood and embrace each other. By the way, I've never felt so patriotic and united as I did Tuesday night. (Sometimes it seemed like my family and close friends were just a tiny minority of alarmed and disgruntled citizens who were becoming more and more worried as the events of the last 8 years unfolded. My husband, in particular, was beside himself, and so out-of-sorts. Finally, FINALLY, I get my husband back! He is visably much more relaxed and positive since the election. It's been a long, long haul living with a politically discontented, disgusted, and extremely worried husband. Poor guy!) So, when I tuned in to the celebrations all over the country and THE WORLD, I suddenly felt not alone, but among a huge company of people... an astoundingly varied group of every age, with smiling and laughing faces of all colors and ethnicities, joining together in joyful celebration. I'll never forget that as long as I live. I don't think I stopped smiling for three days.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 9th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
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I really do wish that I felt optimistic about his winning like you do. While I have never seen this as a racial issue, one thing I do feel good about is how African Americans will finally have one of their own in the White House. I am happy for them, I am happy for all us in that respect. But as a person, there are just so many unknowns about Obama. I'm hoping that Obama does not keep all the promises he made during his campaign. I do agree with you Darlene, that now we are all in this together. I hope you write more about this subject over time. I'm trying to catch your optimism of the next 4 years, even some of it.
Jill
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From:lestermom
Date:November 9th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Jill. I'm sure you know I love you and would never let political differences get in the way of our friendship. Our relationship is much too important to me to let the ideology of a political party or an elected president disturb it. I think you and I can simply agree to disagree? You can bet I will continue to post about this subject. But, I'm most anxious to get back to writing about my own personal life and musings. At least I have a bit of control over myself and my own experiences. Politics are just so "out there"! That being said, it's going to be hard for Barack to "look good" when he has inherited such a terrible mess. (It would have been hard for McCain to look good either.) I almost didn't want Obama to win, because I was afraid for him and what he would have to endure. But, then, he volunteered for this position and he knows what he's getting into. Myself, I wouldn't get into politics for all the money in the world!
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