“Today I am grateful for love over hate, yes over no, the future over the past, hope over fear and WE THE PEOPLE over billionaires, corporations and Super PACs. VERY VERY VERY grateful!”
That’s what I wrote on FaceBook on November 7. It’s been a long and often vitriolic election season. Our country has been so divided. And, as was true for me in another highly charged time – 1968 and 1972 – it has affected me personally as the political divide in my family has caused pain on both sides.
When I was a child one of my father’s maxims was “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” – and after the obvious differences in our family got highlighted with the whole Chik-Fil-A anti-gay-marriage event, my upset has kept me from my blog.
But I woke up on the morning of November 7 after what was, for me, the single best overall election in my lifetime of voting, realizing that I had just participated in a historic event.
The tide has been turned.
The discord isn’t over and there are challenges ahead.
But a very significant change has occurred – we have crossed a threshold and there is no going back. America, which has been slowly and inexorably changing, crossed a tipping point. Ward and June Cleaver are dead – the new day has dawned!
The coalition of purported ’minorities’ are, in fact, the new majority – Latinos, African-Africans, Asians, and single women.
This nation has long been known as a melting pot – and now that reality is the new order.
One of the insightful articles I read (Manchester Guardian? Josh Levs? How I wish I had bookmarked and can’t now find it) said that this election showed that the culture wars of the sixties won.
20 women senators! Our country’s first gay senator! Gay marriage gets a boost in 4 states – from the PEOPLE, not the courts!
When I was young we dreamed of, longed for, and some worked towards “The Revolution.” It took 44 years, but it has finally come to pass!
Now comes the work that I personally mapped out for myself at the beginning of this year, and from which I got sorely distracted by divisive politics – Create. Positive. Change
I am very excited about the prospects for America. I believe in Hope. I believe in Forward. I believe in – and embrace – positive change. Most of all, I embrace “We the People”. And, as I posted on FaceBook - I am SO energized and ecstatic that We the People won:
“WE THE PEOPLE won – Not the Koch Brothers, Not Addleson, not Citizens United, Not corporations – WE THE PEOPLE.”
God Bless America, land that I love!