To Hope and Change

by Jodifur on November 7, 2012

I’m not going to pretend to be disappointed in the election results, you all know I’m not.  I’m disappointed in how divided this Country is.  I’m disappointed in Donald Trump on twitter, and I wish his mother would just come and take the internet away from him.  I’m disappointed that someone decided it was necessary to not only unfollow me on twitter, but to also tell me that they were unfollowing me because if Romney had won “I would not have been respectful.”  Because apparently they are telepathic?  I have no idea.

Feel free to unfollow me on twitter.  You don’t even have to tell me why.

(I would have been respectful.  Because I believe you can respect the position, even if you do not respect the man.)

BUT-

I am so proud of my home state of Maryland which voted to legalize same sex marriage.

And then there is this.  And this.

As President Obama said last night:

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.

America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.

This has been a hard election.  It has been a hard election to be in social media, to be in my other job, or to just be in this country.  But honestly, and maybe I’m wrong, I think we are all going to be ok.

Maybe it is some time for some LOL cat pictures?

 

{ 5 comments }

Kari weber November 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Well said, Jodi… I too am pleasantly pleased by the results of the election… Just not so much the process, as you said.
Here in California we had some pretty big propositions to either defeat or get passed for education (my job). I am pleased to report that the union busting one lost as needed and the funding one passed as needed. I was almost more concerned with them than the presidential results. However, that being said, I too would absolutely stand behind your idea of respect the job, respect the position, even if you disagree with the man (or woman!) I think too many people lose their patriotism when they don’t get their way.

Lauren November 8, 2012 at 9:17 am

“I think too many people lose their patriotism when they don’t get their way.”

I beg to differ, Kari, based on this statement:

“If what your country is doing seems to you practically and morally wrong, is dissent the highest form of patriotism?” source: 1961 publication, The Use of Force in International Affairs.

Also, I’ll cite JFK here as well:

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what YOU can do for your country.”

Those of us who do not agree with Obama’s Administration are granted the RIGHT by our Constitution (First Amendment) to speak our opinion of the Administration’s behaviour without retribution of any kind. In that vein, along with JFK’s quote and the first quote, we are doing our patriotic duty. It’s what early Americans did when they disagreed with the British rule of the colonies. It’s what Americans did when they disagreed with the Vietnam War.

It’s what makes America great.

I may not agree with Obama’s Administration but I absolutely respect the office, the job, and the position. Is it so wrong that I also expect my fellow Americans, especially the one holding the position, to do the same?

Rebecca Hopkins November 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

I love this post times a million.

Hope November 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

I am all about hope! :p

I am so proud of this country that, in all four states with a gay-marriage measure on the ballot, people voted on the side of tolerance and love. That wasn’t the case four years ago and it is simply amazing how far we’ve come in such a relatively short period of time.

Also, I think Joe Biden is just all kinds of awesome.

Issa November 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

Social media and the election was pretty bad in 2008. This time? It was downright unbearable. It’s made me really dislike some people. People I used to adore. Shrug. I’m happy with the outcome but mostly, I’m just glad it’s over.

I’ll never understand why people feel the need to be so aggressive about why they are unfollowing. Follow. Unfollow. I do not give a rats behind man. I don’t have Qwuitter or anything like that. Unfollow me at will. But the people who need to rant at me before hand? Yeah. Uncool. (I had a few on Tuesday night.)

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