Today is the day political blogs go crazy. They will discuss yesterday more eloquently and in greater detail than I ever could. But I have my own thoughts.
To President-Elect Obama:
You did it. You broke through barriers many thought would never be broken. You created a coalition of Americans of all colors and backgrounds and united the country. So I have only one thing to say.
No, seriously. Your win, by such a large margin, was a mandate screamed into the night, much like my husband running outside and screaming, “WE’RE BLUE, BABY!” when Colorado went for you and Senator-Elect Udall. You have a Dem House and a Dem Senate and now, must have the restraint to not abuse it.
So, Mr. President-Elect, where do we go from here? Not just your administration, but your supporters who put you there? What can we do? What should we do? I know, as a country, we must now come together. I know, as a country, that we must sacrifice for what will improve our country in the future…much like putting off things today so we have more for tomorrow. What do we do, as individuals? It’s time for us to work together, as a country, for the betterment of tomorrow.
Good luck, Mr. President-Elect. You have a rocky road ahead of you, but you have many supporters behind you. I know you’re the right person for this job at this time and I have to believe that you will put us first. I can’t wait to watch your Presidency unfold.
To the people of Colorado House District 4:
You’re all so pretty. You smell good too. You voted out that hateful Marilyn Musgrave. Thank you.
To the voters of my sons’ school district:
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU for passing the bond issue and mill levy override. This means that the district can finally build new schools, repair the aging schools (some are approaching 100 years old), rehire the 85 teachers that were laid off last year, and give our kids the world-class education this country desperately needs them to have.
To the voters who are whining that they passed:
Really? I mean, REALLY???? You believe that the schools don’t need this money? Do you realize that my son’s 2nd grade classroom has 33 kids in it? Do you realize that his brand new school, built with funds passed 6 years ago, opened 125 kids over capacity? Some of the complaints I’ve been reading have said that the district is bloated (no, lowest number of administrators for a district this size), and that the cost is too high. Really? The cost is roughly a dollar a day per household, if I understand it correctly. You don’t want to invest $1/day to educate the next generation? Huh. Sorry to hear that.
To all of us:
The election is over. It’s time to come together, heal, and rebuild this country. I’m sure we can all agree that the US of A is hurting right now. If we all work together, there is nothing we can’t do.
Fired up? Ready to go?
Let’s go change the world.
I expect to see some kind of civil service Peace Corps organization come out of Obama to put people to work and to rebuild America, one community at a time. There will be plenty for all of us to do to help, and I think we are looking forward to it. Marge Piercy has a poem called “To be of use” and it speaks great truths of the human condition. We need to feel needed. We need to feel valued. We need to know that what we are doing counts and matters and is for some purpose greater than ourselves. Watch and be ready to step up when the call is issued. We are on the verge of something monumental.
Well said! We had the grumbling about school bonds here, too. It turns out that because of them, the average tax bill will go up $25 per year. Puh-leeze.
I’m so glad Musgrave is out too!
I am happy for the voters of colorado except for two things. To the voters of my daughter’s school district, YOU SUCK ASS. And for those people turning down the savings account for eduction, YOU DOUBLY suck ass. Thanks, editor. Hope these make the editorial.