Today is a momentous day

Today is a momentous day.

I can finally truthfully say again that I am proud of my country.

It’s an incredible feeling.

7 Responses to “Today is a momentous day”

  1. William (green) Says:

    Er, why, exactly?

  2. GM Says:

    Lets see what happened on the 4th:

    California Prop 8 passed — Florida amendment 2 passed — Arkansas initiative 1 passed — Arizona prop 102 passed

    When I look at a country who chose to pass those hateful laws, embodying discrimination into their state constitutions, ensuring oppression of people who had caused them no harm then I can can see none of positive possibilities implied by an Obama victory. Is America finally so past its history of hatred that it elected a black man to the highest office? Is America finally fed up with the fear politics that the republican party has pushed so hard since 2001-09-11, and demanded change? Fed up with the oppression of science? With the impingement of civil liberties? Judging by those ballot initiatives and others: Clearly not.

    As far as I can tell, America elected Obama for the same reasons they elect other politicians: He’s polished, and he spins a good story. I’m begging to suspect that a lot of the public was thinking “Oh yea, the *black dude* will care more about my interests then some rich old white guy”, selection because of bigotry. … It’s the only explanation I can see for states simultaneously electing Obama while accepting those hateful initiatives.

    I am not proud of my country. It’s still a country of ignorance and bigotry.

  3. Jeff V Says:

    Yes, but at least New Englanders can get high now.

  4. Cyde Weys Says:

    William: Where have you been these past few years? There’s been the unjustified invasion of another country, erosion of civil liberties, detention of “suspects” for years without charge, warrantless wiretapping, and wanton politicization of the Judicial Branch, just to name a few. It’s been very hard to be proud of this country the past eight years. Now that Obama is around, these things should be rolled back and we can have a country to be proud of once again.

    GM: Yes, the passing of the anti-gay amendments, especially in California, was a very tough pill to swallow. We still have a lot more work to do. I’m also really disappointed that Al Franken lost, Darcy Burner appears to have lost (not all the results are in yet), and Michele Bachmann won. But as Jeff says, at least Massachusetts decriminalized weed.

  5. knacker Says:

    So you’re ecstatic because they ousted a party that basically ran us into the ground, not only by the things you mentioned but also including ruining the economy, giving the well being of the healthcare system over to companies who don’t have the health of people as their main focus… allowing ridiculous abuses of the financial system. That’s not something to be proud of, that’s more like… the bare minimum. We’ve only just stopped grabbing at the food that electrocutes us, and I’m really not convinced that the democrats aren’t more of the same, just left-leaning.

    I’m not sure what would make me “Proud” of anything anyone does. Really, all humanity has failed to impress me very much thus far.

  6. Ed Says:

    I establish this analogy of the last 7 years in the u.s.: suppose the world is a school and the u.s.a. is one of the classrooms, all of a sudden, some kid from the outside throws a stone at the window and shatters the glass, hurting someone inside. The class then decides to elect the school bully to lead them into catching and punishing the stone thrower, which had fled to where he could not be found. What will the bully do, what strategy does he come up with? He just convinces his classmates that the best thing to do is to go out and maim everybody that looks like the guy that threw the stone, no matter what and without looking back. Very clever no?
    Looking from the outside, I can tell you that the rest of the world watches in hope that, at last, things will turn around. Obama still has a lot to prove and the next few months will be critical for a better opinion about him to become clearer.

  7. William (green) Says:

    I’m pretty much with knacker on this one in that I don’t have a lot of faith that Obama will magically fix everything that’s wrong with our country. It’s not because I specifically don’t believe in him, but because I don’t really have faith in what our political system has become.
    That said, I’d love to be eating these words in a few years. They’ll be scrumptious if that’s the case.