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Patriot.

Posted: November 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Living in the City | Tags: Politics | 2 Comments »

I love politics. Tuesday was like my Super Bowl.

In a hazy mom fog I scheduled Lincoln’s surgery to have his adenoids removed for November 6th, only realizing on the way home from the ENT why November 6th sounded like an important day. It seemed silly to reschedule it because of the election, especially since we have lots of voting options here in Minnesota, so I kept the date. I am just now getting a chance to sit down and write down my thoughts.

At least my thoughts past “Holy crap this is going to happen!” and “I am so proud to be a citizen of this country right at this moment.”

Pretty sure those thoughts came across loud and clear on Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s the thing.

I was pretty sure that Obama was going to lose this election.

I wanted him to win, don’t get me wrong, I guess the long, hard fought, completely frustrating election cycle left me feeling hopeless.

I’m a news junkie by nature so whenever I had a chance to turn on the TV it was to CNN so that pretty much meant politics. We listen to CNN on satellite radio in the car, so again, it’s pretty much all news, all the time here.

Even watching CNN, I was feeling like this might not happen. And CNN is supposed to be liberal news (although I hear MSNBC is where the real liberal are, I rarely flip that far ahead in our channel lineup), how is it that every day I went to bed feeling like not enough had been done, not enough people had been reached, that the people who wanted to take away rights from women and healthcare for all and make a good education more difficult to come by were going to prevail?

Last week I went to cast my absentee vote in person at the Minneapolis City Hall. I filled out my ballot and I was at peace. I did my part.

I voted for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

I voted No on the Voter ID amendment.

I voted No on the Marriage amendment.

Then I went home and started to mentally prepare myself for Obama to lose.

All week I looked for a poll or a talking head, something, anything, to tell me that I could relax and look forward to Tuesday and the promise of a win. Not even an easy win. Just some hope.

But I didn’t get that. Every poll was thisclose. Every newscast pretty much gave the sense that we would be looking at a 2000 Bush/Gore kind of situation. Romney ads started showing up in deep blue Minnesota casting a shadow of a doubt on Obama even carrying this state.

But, I figured, not matter what happened, we would have a president. My guy or the other guy, it didn’t matter. The world will not end. The United States will not cease to exist. In 4 years we will do this song and dance all over again (Clinton 2016?!).

As much as I dislike Mitt Romney, I would be open to seeing what he was going to do. Not because I dislike Obama’s policies or think they are bad, but because there is no other option. You can’t refuse to participate just because your guy loses. (I suppose you could move to another country, but that seems silly.)

After the election, I was prepared to move on.

Of course this didn’t mean I wasn’t going to share my thoughts up until that point! I’m sure my more conservative friends either blocked, hid or unfollowed me long ago! You still need to rally the troops and spur people to get out there and vote!

So, Tuesday came and the surgery went well (another story for another day) and we settled in for the night.

I had tried to find CNN on the hospital line-up earlier in the day, but each time we tried it was some random movie channel. My only other choice was FOX News.

I may have almost cried at the thought of sitting alone, watching a president I loved so much, losing his re-election on FOX News.

In a last ditch effort (after checking it like a dozen times already) I went back to the channel CNN was supposed to be on.

And it was there!

Hallelujah.

With Lincoln dozing next to me I tried to catch up on what was going on.

Polls were starting to close, everything seemed to be going pretty well. No surprises so far.

And then it happened.

Twitter was all abuzz: FOX News had projected Ohio for President Obama.

I blinked.

My phone rang, it was Yogi Dad. We excitedly talked about this latest news and then I told him to get off the phone before he jinxed it.

I turned to CNN and Wolf Blitzer said a major projection was coming up. I figured it was what we already knew: Obama won Ohio.

Instead, he projected Barack Obama to win the election.

I about fell over.

This was not how I was expecting it to happen at all. I expected days of recounting Florida or waiting on New Jersey or some big hang-up in Ohio…or something. Hadn’t we all been told this was not going to be easy? That at the least, it was going to be a very, very long night?

This. Was. AMAZING.

Twitter went crazy. Facebook went crazy. I was all alone with Lincoln and no idea where the nurses fell on the political spectrum so I tried to keep my excitement and joy to the fact that it was all over and we knew and it was such an early night. (When they asked how things were going, of course.)

And then we had a few hours to wait for the concession speech.

Around midnight I got to sit with Lincoln while he took his meds and ate a cup of chocolate pudding as Mitt Romney conceded the election to President Obama.

Pretty sure I will remember that forever.

Awhile later I had tears in my eyes as President Obama talked about Joe Biden (America’s Happy Warrior) and I felt a huge sign of relief.

That just happened.

Locally, the Voter ID Amendment failed, preserving Minnesota’s amazing voting laws. The Minnesota Marriage Amendment failed, voting down discrimination and keeping the conversation open. Women were voted into office at higher rates than ever. Men who tried to redefine rape and limit women’s reproductive rights, lost.

It was a good night.

And I was proud to know that the majority of people in this country believe that things will continue to get better, and have put their faith in Barack Obama to keep us moving forward.

My family is definitely better off than we were 4 years ago. We are better off than we ever have been- and that includes me leaving my job to stay home.

We will continue to keep working to move forward, to achieve the things we want as a family. We will continue to think not only of ourselves, but of what is best for our neighbors, our community, people in far flung corners of this country that we have never met and can’t imagine their burdens. We will happily (well, as happily as you can be) pay our taxes because that is part of the contract of living in these great United States (a lesson taught to me by my dad way back before I voted in my first election in 1996). We will be thankful for the things that the government has helped us with in regards to providing our children with early intervention and the opportunity to receive an excellent education.

Wednesday morning I woke up, happy and amazed.

I am thankful that I had all those weeks of doubt so I could prepare myself for an outcome that was not quite what I had hoped for.

It made that moment all so much sweeter.

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2 Comments on “Patriot.”

  1. 1 Tim said at 5:44 pm on November 8th, 2012:

    Obama received 9 million fewer votes than he did in 2008 and Romney received 3 million less than McCain, when everyone anticipated record turnout. With those stats, for Obama especially, the stage was certainly set for a Romney landslide. The reason Romney lost wasn't because people rejected his vision on the economy, Obama was the one who was rejected by 9 million who had voted for him in 2008. Romney lost because evangelical bigots refused to vote for a Mormon, as evidenced by the passage of gay marriage bills in 4 states, and a publicly funded abortion and euthanasia bill in one state each, issues that a high evangelical turnout would have stopped given prior results in previous elections.

    I voted in this election on the economy. Here are some amazing stats that prove how perilous our financial situation is. For fiscal year 2012, we had 110 million people who received Federal assistance from one of 80 means tested welfare programs(this does NOT include Medicare or Social Security), totaling $1.03 trillion. We had 73 million people who paid personal income tax, totaling $1.164 trillion in revenue to the treasury. That means that in addition to the givers being outnumbered by the takers by a margin of 73 million to 110 million, the dollar figures show that 90 cents of every dollar you pay in personal income tax goes directly to other citizens as a welfare benefit.

    We have become a welfare state, and there is no logical way to reverse this as the masses are now voting for the politicians who offer to keep the gravy train on the tracks. This whole election was about trying to convince one special interest group or another that the big bad Republican wanted to take your benefits away, and it worked, and now the financial future of my children and your children is in peril. The 16 trillion in debt will only grow larger from here.

    Obama promised to raise taxes, and he will, which his own advisers predict will cost us 800,000 jobs and 1% in real GDP growth We already have GDP growth on the decline for the last 2 years. The odds of a recession next year is at better than 50%. Instead of making the tough decision and getting this debt under control, we have chosen the status quo.

    Your vote on social issues may have been principled, but it is the economy that will determine the future of this nation. With it's current state, our children's futures have never been more in doubt, and failure to acknowledge this shows you to be oblivious to what is plain for all to see.

    This election did show that daughter will forever be entitled to an abortion. And good thing too, because in her future she certainly won't be able to afford a child.

  2. 2 Jenna said at 6:05 pm on November 8th, 2012:

    Well put. I, too, was pleasantly surprised.


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