I feel relieved more than anything. Relieved that Romney and his cronies won't have the chance to get elbow deep in our lady bits, relieved that gays are gaining ground in securing civil rights, relieved that anyone making less than a billion dollars a year won't necessarily be thrown under the bus, relieved that the leader more interested in green energy will be in charge.
But I'm still perplexed and, frankly, really frustrated by almost half the voting nation. I simply cannot believe that people heard the things they did about Romney, heard the things that came out of his mouth, and still cast their ballots for him. Defunding Planned Parenthood? Drill, baby, drill? (Not to mention the dirty, nasty tar sands pipeline).The 47% comment?
I can see why folks like ridiculous Donald Trump wanted Romney. I just don't get how other smart, caring, middle-class parents, community members, and friends could think Romney would represent them, would be good for humanity and the earth.
Last night after the election results were announced, I watched Facebook comments roll in about how "disgusted" some people were, how they might as well hand over all their money to the government now. I saw photos of bumper stickers like these and read tweets like this. Now, I know not everyone who voted for Romney is a right wing extremist, but I'm sad. What's so wrong with giving unlucky people "a shot" at life? How can global warming be denied when there is actual science behind it?
And to people (especially women) worried about "too much government"... there's nothing more offensive than a government up in our fucking vaginas telling us what we can and can't do with them.(Believe me when I say that my opinion on abortion is very complicated and not entirely formed, but I do know I don't want some middle-aged man with a mouth full of crowns, head full of grecian formula, and mind full of absolutes to dictate anything having to do with women's reproductive systems.)
I hold no delusions that I'll sway anyone. People lean one way, decide they believe something, then seek out information corroborating their beliefs. It's human nature. I'm just a mom and part-time worker bee with a bachelor's degree in journalism. And yeah, I want to continue to live a comfortable existence. But I also want to reach out a hand to others and protect the planet we live on.
I'll get off my slippery soapbox now. This election has exhausted me and I didn't even do any canvassing.
For the next 3 years and 11 months you can find me reading celebrity gossip, writing reviews on Amazon, and trying to get shit published.