please answer why you voted for your candidate, as well.
i'd really like for this not to turn into an argument the way so many political threads do. all this is for is a little conversation on the national/local elections from tonight.
anyway, i was pretty happy to see obama win. after watching all the debates and reading about both politicans' views, i really think he can make some real change in the us. he seems like the kind of guy who's willing to stand up to people and not take any shit, and be a very strong leader. for him to come out of nowhere after his keynote at the 2004 dnc and work his way up so quickly is pretty amazing, especially (and i hate to take it here) due to his race. he seems to have an incredible, inspiring vision for what america can be, and i'm very excited to see where he takes us. like he said in rolling stone, it's gonna take some work on our part to dig ourselves out of the mess this country's in, and it may require some unpopular decisions, but i really think he has what it takes to lead us in the right direction.
outside of that, our standing definitely went up in the eyes of the rest of the world tonight. really, stop and think about it, if someone said to you a year or 2 ago that the next president would be black, how seriously would you take them? there's a lot of racism and negativity in this country(not that not believing the next president would be black is racist. it's obviously not.), and the fact that so many different people came together and picked someone very different and said, "we want to change. we want to go in a new direction. we want someone who will work for us, we believe in this man, and we're not afraid to work to get there," is such a huge statement to the rest of the world about our commitment. it's not just about picking someone new, though. that happens every 4/8 years. it's about all the hard work it took to get to tonight. all of the grassroots campaigning, the phone calls, the time spent going door to door, the sheer volume of people that found a politician that they could really believe in and support all the way to the white house. it's amazing the unity that obama has brought about already amongst his supporters in the short time he's been on the national political scene. i hate bringing up race again, but between his race, his message, and all of the support he got from volunteers, amongst other things, so many new voters were energized to vote that it was incredible.
and, really, it's not that just the democrats were able to bring out the voters, because there was a huge turnout of republican voters, as well. this election was very energizing on both sides. everywhere you went, people were talking about it. i've never seen people so energized (and polarized!) about an election before. this wasn't like many other elections, in that EVERYONE had a candidate and most everyone was willing to talk about it. in fact, i was getting my license renewed at the end of september, and i couldn't believe how many people in line at the dmv were talking politics. everywhere i went, i'd find people discussing the election. it was a rare thing, especially in the last month or 2, to hear someone say, "eh, i don't really care who wins. not much is gonna change." this election had/has massive ramifications, and it's really an amazing statement to eachother and to the rest of the world for so many people to get out and vote and show that we do care, we are committed, and that we won't just accept 4 more years of being walked all over and manipulated, and being told how things are going to be.
anyway, it's 4am. i'm going to bed. anyone do any work on either of the campaigns? i donated a bit to obama and made some calls to a couple swing states, as well as giving out some fliers a couple times.
if something i said seems really screwed up in terms of logic or grammar or something else, i was writing and rewriting this as i went, so some things may not logically go in order, as i would forget what i was writing sometimes when i went to go back and fix/reword something else.