Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Every silver lining has a cloud

So, not to rain on anyone's parade, but how 'bout those shitty election outcomes all over the country? Yeah, I know - Obama's election is huge, and it really did make me very extremely happy, and I'm hopeful about the presidency for the first time in a long time. BUT. WTF, California? Why you gotta hate on the lesbians and gays? What have they ever done to you, other than inject absolute SCADS of money into your state's economy? And locally, I admit being completely unable to comprehend the reelection of Michele Bachmann, Erik Paulsen, and (possibly, but please Maude no) Norm Coleman. What the hell kind of blue state sends people like that to the nation's capital?

Honestly, I don't want to harsh anyone's buzz - it's important to celebrate Obama's ascendancy. I get that. But I just hope that we don't forget that, for all that Obama might make it possible to not be embarrassed to be an American again, there's still a whole lotta fucked up shit around this country. A lot of racism, and homophobia, and sexism, and general ignorance and hatefulness and criminal ineptitude. Which is just to say ... yeah, let's enjoy the moment, but hoo, there's still a whole lotta work to be done.