Thank you for re-electing Barack Obama. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Obama is the greatest President you’ve ever had, and his policies are certainly not as liberal as the right paint him to be… but he would be infinitely better than Romney. The old adage about “when America sneezes, the world catches flu” is truer than ever these days, especially for those of us living in the so-called emerging economies. If Mitt, along with his non-existent tax and economic policies, coupled with the anti-science, anti-woman brigade that would tag along, had rolled into Washington, the negative sentiment would spread like ripples from a particularly dense rock thrown into a p0nd. Our economy managed to get through the Credit Crunch relatively unscathed; I doubt we would be so lucky next time around.
However, my thanks don’t stop there. There was much in this election that reaffirmed in my mind that the US hasn’t gone totally batshit insane… although it seems as if 48% of the population may be.
Thank you for standing up to those old, misogynistic white arseholes, who thought that rape was something that could be batted around like a shuttlecock; who thought that a bunch of cells brought into being through an act of violence were more important than the long-term mental, physical and financial well-being of the victim. Thank you for sending Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Roger Vivard, Joe Walsh, Tom Smith, John Koster, and Paul Ryan back into the wilderness. One can only hope that this is the last we’ll hear of them. Also thank you for not electing the equally odious Josh Mandel.
Thank you for showing the Republicans that by continuing to think that old, white Americans should be their target audience, they are no longer relevant. Thank you to the women, to the youth, to those who make up the great melting pot of America, for speaking up and telling God’s Own Party that it no longer speaks for them. In the same breath, thank you for showing the GOP that by aligning with the Tea Party – or the Tealiban, as I shall now be calling them – they have done themselves grave harm. Here’s hoping that the extinction of these hate-filled, ignorant bigots started yesterday.
On that note, thank you for voting out Allen West – a hate-filled, small minded epitome of everything that is wrong with the Tea Party
Thank you for showing that money doesn’t necessarily win you an election. Super PACs and conservative billionaires spent nearly $400 million dollars on various campaigns and have very little to show for their investment. Here’s hoping this is the end of Karl Rove and that people like Adelson, Trump and the Koch brothers will think twice before using their wealth to sway elections in their favour. Now to try and overturn Citizens United. (Just an aside on this – $400 million equates to around R3,47 billion rand. I could go into detail and explain just what that could be used for in our country, but suffice to say that that money is spent to display some of the worst qualities of human nature. And it’ll all be done again in 2 years’ time… and again 2 years after that. To say that there is something seriously fucked up with the US political system is an understatement.)
Thank you for electing the first openly gay Senator in Tammy Baldwin (not forgetting Barney Frank, the first gay Congressman) and thank you to Maryland, Maine and Washington for voting to legalise gay marriage. Thank you Minnesota, for showing that you aren’t as bigoted as the people running your state. Your next job is to get rid of them!
Thank you for electing the first Hindu and the first Buddhist (not to mention the first woman of Asian descent) to Congress. Here’s hoping enough people will continue to realise that Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim are three wildly different things… and for that matter, that Muslim does not mean what the rabid right thinks it means.
Thank you for electing Tammy Duckworth, a veteran who lost her legs, serving her country. Needless to say, this didn’t her stop her opponents from waging a hate-filled campaign against her.
And finally, thank you for ensuring that this humble blog will have plenty to write about in the next four years, as the right-wing fuckwits go into meltdown.
2012 was a good election, America. Don’t let me down in 2014 and 2016 – I’ll be watching.