Leaving Lubbock with the Future at Hand
Rachel Maddow pointed out some election ceilings that were broken through by the Democrats in the GE and I am adding a few of my own:
1) Democrats were elected during a time of war, first since LBJ
2) Democrats and independents elected an African-American, a true bi-racial President
3) Democrats elected a president and VP who have not officially served in the military, but heavily endorsed by many generals, including Colin Powell and Wesley Clark, which means Democrats can be elected on national security issues
4) Democrats had the best slate of candidates compared to the Republicans. John Edwards was one of them and he pushed the envelope with his ideas, which were laid out well in advance. His ideas (and passion about them) made Clinton and Obama better candidates
5) Democrats knew how to fight back against smears this time, and did it through the grassroots
6) Democrats have more elected moderate Congresspeople than the Republicans did--most of their folks are far more right than Dems who are left centered
7) Democrats had more of the youth vote than ever before
8) Democrats were able to turn blue the following states: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina (last was 1976 there), New Mexico, and Nevada
9) Democrats were able to get two senators elected, the first time in nearly 50 years
To my fellow Lubbockites, I'm sorry you are disappointed in John McCain not winning. Actually, I understand why you would have voted for him because of his "can do", entrepreneurial (almost)-like spirit. Lubbock has grown and diversified in terms of its economy. It's not hurting as bad as many places, so the fear of taxation bothers them if they are making over 250K.
But what conservative Lubbockites don't understand is that we cannot rely on charity to take care of the sick, working poor and elderly. Social Security would have gone down the drain if it had been thrown into the stock market. Taxation pays for the public good includes having police, safe water, new roads, libraries, schools, and universities. If the public good is rebranded socialism, so be it. The government represents we the people, and the people have decided that our current bloated government is doing some harm by investing too much in a war that should have not been started in the first place. We the People have decided we want to reinvest in infrastructure, education, and working towards a greener world for the sake of world peace and security.
My nephew (who is 26) wrote my brother to say he voted on Tuesday, and stood in line for an hour. He was proud to do his civic duty. While his candidate didn't win, he's not bitter; he's happy his generation turned out to vote and as long as we come together, it doesn't matter whom one voted for. My nephew closed his note, "How you could not like a Hawaiian?" Hawaii is one of his and my brother's favorite places to visit when they have resources and time to go.
When my mother and I watched Keith Olbermann declare that MSNBC predicted the election for Obama on Tuesday, we were stunned at the timing. We didn't expect all three of the West Coast States to flip that fast shortly after 10pm CDT. Our reaction: we weren't excited or overly happy. I think our mood matched tones of the MSNBC crew and later, Obama's speech. Our moods were more of reflection. In spite of a big moment in history, Obama's speech was very tempering. To paraphrase Obama, "the road will be long, the climb steep, and all of us are needed." My mother and I broke a smile when we saw Joe Biden walk out with his confident, contagious smile. We realized then it had to be true.
Welcome President-Elect Obama and Vice-President-Elect Biden.
Yes-we-can! And we are all in this together.
(photo courtesy of Pradagirl on Flickr)