Post-election Happiness and Regret

First, let me say WOO HOO! The Democrats and the country showed Republicans last night that we’re sick and damn tired of “stay the course” corrupt Republicans. Having won back 28 seats in the House shows that the American people are tired of politics a usual from the GOP. Races that I thought were going to be close were announced by 10:30pm CST last night. Yesterday’s election results mean that America can now begin to move forward and provide a much needed check on President Bush and his Administration.

With that said, however, I am also experiencing a bit of regret as well. I regret that I didn’t do more to help advance equality here in my state of Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, and all across the country on Tuesday, people voted to legislate discrimination. I’m talking about the various gay marriage amendments on the ballot. Here in Wisconsin, the ballot measure was very difficult to understand as written on the ballot so I’m sure there were numerous people that voted in a way they didn’t want to. I’m not calling that fraud or anything else other than asshattery on the part of our state legislators for the way they worded the amendment. I’m also sure most people in WI did not know prior to the election that our state constitution already defines marriage as between a man and a woman! The key part of the proposed amendment was written to expressly forbid non-heterosexual relationships from becoming legally recognized. The specific part of the amendment that does this is this: “It provides that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”

I also regret not doing more to help out with local and national candidates. Like most of the folks who read this site, I get all the emails from most of the top Democrats and the associated committees. I could helped with phone banking, area canvassing, and other get out the vote activities. I promise to do more next time around. For those of you who did, I want to say thank you. Your efforts directly help shape the way this election turned out. With the final Senate race expected to be decided today, we could very well have a great start to getting our country back on the right path. As soon-to-be-Speaker Pelosi has said, now is not the time for revenge, but rather a time for conciliation and “…partnership, not partisanship”.

So with that, let’s all work together to resolve the major issues facing this country. Let’s work together to make America great again.

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