After November 6th

by fmhilton

Thank goodness that’s over!

A clear-cut win for Obama. We, the people have spoken-or rather roared back at the Republican party in numbers even they can’t ignore.

That’s not to say that I voted whole-hardheartedly for Obama. Far from it.

Because I have some very profound concerns about his administration that he must change in order to be called a great President by future historians.

Some of them are hold-overs from the Bush Administration: warrant-less wiretapping, Guantanamo Bay, erosion of privacy rights, increased gridlock in Congress.

It’s disturbing that he has not only endorsed some of the worst excesses of the Bush administration, he increased them, despite the perception that he would at the first chance he got.

Perhaps I’m being naive, and simple-minded to think that he alone could change an entire mindset that developed after 9/11, but he’s had more than just a few opportunities to do so, and has done nothing to change the course.

That’s not good.

But that he was elected by such stunning Electoral College numbers is reassuring.

It shows that not everyone bought into the Republican Party’s version of crazy.

Mitt Romney was the loser, obviously. He was so convinced that he would win that he never even wrote a concession speech, despite many polls showing that he would lose.

That’s just plain delusional.

It also shows how out of touch the candidate and the party were during the election process. They believed that everyone would buy into their mantras of “Get big government out” and “The little people don’t count”.

The worst thing in the world a candidate can say is that he doesn’t care about nearly half of the electorate he wants to represent.

And that’s what made him lose: the half that he disdained as being ‘losers’ voted to keep him away from the power he so obviously craved, with the incredible amounts of money being dispensed by the Koch Brothers and other assorted money people.

I guess they learned a hard lesson last night: you can’t buy all the votes of the American people.

We didn’t get fooled this time.

We voted to keep the crazies at bay (Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin lost badly), and the big dollars invested in a political campaign that was just plain insulting to all of us.

The biggest lesson of all: don’t tell us lies, and insult us daily-because we’ll take enormous exception to all of it.

This time, we did.