Ah, Regret.

The Surly, Lumpy Audacity of Hope
Wed, 5 November 2008, 11:51 am
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Things that make me crack a genuine smile (not one of those smirk thingies I usually do):

1. Obama = President (!!!)

2. Heathie calling me last night in tears of (only sort-of-drunk) joy regarding #1.


<3333 !!!

Yeah, I actually lost my cynicism for a minute.  Wow.  America, I really… really didn’t think you had it in you.  I’m still stunned.  But you know what they say: the nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.

…and now for the “proven right” part: early reports indicate that California’s Proposition 8 (gay marriage ban) passed.  So did gay marriage bans in Florida and Arizona, as well as a ban on gay adoption in Arkansas (Really, Arkansas? Was that really necessary?  Ugh.).

Um, so.  For those of us holding the opinion that America Still Hates Gays, congratulations on being right.  Gosh, doesn’t it feel good to be right?

OK fine, I won’t end on a Debbie Downer note.  Let’s talk about the positives:  Brobama is now PRESIDENT Brobama, Michelle was smokin’ hot last night, Sasha and Malia are getting a new puppy (awww!), aaand oh yes, how could I forget?  President Bro gave a shout to the gays!


It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

Maybe you were right, Heather–when you biked across America, through “Red States and Blue States”, and you met so many nice people–even in the Red ones–and you realized that maybe America isn’t so bad after all.  Maybe “people will come around”.  That’s a huge, huge “maybe”… but until last night, there’s no way I would have even given you that.


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