While we celebrate...let us never forget...

America was its good old, stubborn, sassy self yesterday.

We refused to be "bought." Or sold.

Or--and this is most important--fooled by cynical political strategists with a "plan" that only needed the right "yes" man to put into place.

Obama won by a much larger electoral margin than most thought he would. And though the popular vote was close...he made it to 50%.

I think it was because despite what a lot of the pundits thought, America was really listening.

The video below is one of the things they heard.

And I have a feeling that a lot of people were replaying this Grover Norquist speech in their minds as they took a deep breath, gave it one more "think," and voted for Obama, even if they weren't quite sure 'til they were there, staring at the two names on the ballot.

 

NEVER FORGET HOW CLOSE WE CAME TO THIS:

 

 

Or the tireless people who fought so hard to make sure we didn't go there.
 
 FORWARD.
 
Together.
 

Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
and recognize that there are ties between us, all men and women living on the Earth.
Ties of hope and love, sister and brotherhood, that we are bound together
in our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong.
We are bound together by the task that stands before us and the road that lies ahead.
We are bound and we are bound.

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest

Shed a little light, oh Lord, so that we can see, just a little light, oh Lord.
Wanna stand it on up, stand it on up, oh Lord,
wanna walk it on down, shed a little light, oh Lord.

Can't get no light from the dollar bill, don't give me no light from a TV screen.
When I open my eyes I wanna drink my fill from the well on the hill,
do you know what I mean?

Shed a little light, oh Lord, so that we can see, just a little light, oh Lord.
Wanna stand it on up, stand it on up, oh Lord,
wanna walk it on down, shed a little light, oh Lord.

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist, there is a hunger in the center of the chest.
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
and though the body sleeps the heart will never rest.

Oh, Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
and recognize that there are ties between us.
All men and women living on the Earth, ties of hope and love, sister and brotherhood.

Shed A Little Light

James Taylor

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Comment by David McClain on November 7, 2012 at 10:07am

I care little about the electorial vote and in fact I wish we could do away with the electorial vote and go with the popular vote entirely. Having said that, I must add that last night the man I voted for won and for that I am thankfull but I hope he took note of how close the popular vote was and I truly hope that both he and the republicans who voted against him see that vote as a call for more bipartisianship. We have to meet in the middle if we are to ever get anything done in the future.

Comment by Poor Woman on November 7, 2012 at 10:50am

Beautiful. Hope our Lorianne will soon feature this on the cover.

L

Comment by L in the Southeast on November 7, 2012 at 11:06am

If I were Grover on Sesame Street, I would change my name.  That Norquist guy is scary in a very Hitleresque kind of way.  It is imperative that we find a way to work together for the common good.  And that's got to be more than just language.

Comment by Keka on November 7, 2012 at 9:09pm

Yes, it was very good to exhale last night--I haven't been that frightened since the bloody Cuban Missile Crisis.  I kid you not.  I would look at my daughter and want to weep, thinking she might have to deal with an America that had let itself be bought and taken over in a bloodless coup of sorts.  When that didn't happen...I leapt for joy.  Literally.  I think she thought I had lost my mind, frankly.  And I did not care!

Comment by Keka on November 7, 2012 at 9:13pm

David...I think Obama always did try to reach out.  But there was a Republican strategy which felt that slapping his hand and not letting him do anything for four years would make him look weak...and therefore "un-electable."  Didn't work.  We're just not that stupid.  I think some Americans realized what was up from the moment that Republican...who and whatever he was, yelled out "You LIE!" during his first State of the Union address.  Most Americans respect the office, if not necessarily what the current Commander in Chief is doing.  When that kind of behavior continued unabated, some Americans who might otherwise have voted Republican may have begun to sorta wonder...

Comment by Melissa Houle on November 9, 2012 at 12:26pm

I know! Can't buy Our Votes, Kochs!

The "Fiscal Cliff" is what Karl Rove shoved their money off of on Tuesday night. They spent a lot, but sorry, our Democrazy, flawed though it may be, is NOT actually for sale, even if they'd built an auction block and everything.

The Right Wing seriously "Misunderestimated" how Americans feel about our citizenship, about Medicare, Social Security, Planned Parenthood and the hope of Medical care and most importantly about each other.  They failed very expensively, too! I hope they're all sobbing over empty moneybags, right now.

Comment by tr ig on November 9, 2012 at 2:49pm

I am ecstatic.. great post

Comment by Poor Woman on November 9, 2012 at 5:25pm

Yes! It's on the cover! Go Lorianne!

:)

Comment by Keka on November 9, 2012 at 5:30pm

Wow!  I'll go take a look--and bless you all!

Comment by Marlene Dunham on November 10, 2012 at 4:11pm

"Shed a Little Light" - well said, Keka

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