I'm so grateful to this Nation for electing Barack Obama President.
I cried when I saw the news bulletin. I'd never felt better about casting a vote before. I drew the line between the arrows two times...just to be sure there was no mistake. We'd been watching the returns all night. I cried when they called the election for Obama. I cried when I saw the dancing in the streets. In Seattle...In Brooklyn...In Australia.....
I'm crying now, too. Which is really uncool since I'm posting this on my break at work.
For 8 years, I haven't felt like I've been welcome in my own county. The country I love. The country that I served in the Army. The country that, if it had come to it, I would have died for.
I have felt unwelcomed and mistreated all because I couldn't...wouldn't....EVER....agree...or even not disagree with the Bush agenda. And the abuse heaped upon us because we are blue, not red. The very idea, that I, because I don't think it should be okay to torture prisoners, would be treated as if I loved terrorism. Perhaps, they thought that I too, might be a terrorist? They hardly stopped short of that accusation. I've heard it all.
And I've felt shame. Shame in my country. Land.That.I.Love. I've even considered moving to Canada. Shame when our leadership would get caught with their pants down. When high-level men would admit that they had been pressured to doctor reports that would lead us into war with Iraq. Only for the President to come out completely unscathed. Somehow smelling like a Rose. Shame when on Wall Street all the regulations put in place by FDR are peeled back one by one until our economy is in the same shambles that our Iraq is in. Only to have talking heads turn around and talk about what a goddamn mess FDR made. Mess? How can they say that? Shame when the whole world is told "You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists" As if it could be that easy. Shame when our President, would address the Queen of England as if she were his prom date.
So yes. After 8 years of frustration. 8 more years of trickle down economics...that I could have sworn didn't work in the 12 years that Reagan/Bush implemented it. 8 years of being vilified for being a Democrat. 8 years of having to smile and admit "Well of course you're entitled to your opinion" but not having the same courtesy extended to me. Yes. I'm happy to have my guy get the White House. And when there was dancing in the streets....I wanted to join them.
And when you tell me that you voted for McCain. Perhaps that you also voted for Bush...and the other Bush....maybe even going as far back as Ronnie Ray-Guns...I'm going to smile and nod. I'm going to tell you that I'm glad that you voted your heart and your conscience. That's what being an American is all about after all. But I want you to know...even though I would never tell you...inside.....inside....inside....way.down.deep. I'm wishing that you would go FUCK Yourself.
OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA!