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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Four More Years

10:13 p.m., Texas time:  NBC News announces that President Obama has won the state of Ohio, and therefore the election.  Thanks be to God.

More details as I get them.

The Empire State Building, lit up in blue
to mark Obama's re-election victory.

12:19 a.m.: Results map of the nation from Google News:

Also, it's shaping up to be a good night for marriage equality and teh gays. Looks like voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state have - for the first time ever in U. S. history - approved same-sex marriage at the ballot box. And don't think the Supreme Court, which is soon to consider a slew of marriage cases, doesn't watch the election returns too.

More good news and links when I can get them posted.

1:13 a.m.: From earlier tonight.

Also, from Boston here's Romney's smug, self-satisfied, self-righteous concession speech:

Contrast with President Obama's victory speech in Chicago:

If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, a few notable excerpts:
Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.

It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.

Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come. . . .

We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant’s daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. . . .

The role of citizens in our democracy does not end with your vote. America’s never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us together through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.

This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores.

What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth.

The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great. . . .

America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.

Andrew Sullivan on the significance of Obama's re-election:
And one felt something tectonic shift tonight. America crossed the Rubicon of every citizen's access to healthcare, and re-elected a black president in a truly tough economic climate. The shift toward gay equality is now irreversible. The end of prohibition of marijuana is in sight. Women, in particular, moved this nation forward - pragmatically, provisionally, sensibly. They did so alongside the young whose dedication to voting was actually greater this time than in 2008, the Latino voters who have made the current GOP irrelevant, and African-Americans, who turned up in vast numbers, as in 2008, to put a period at the end of an important sentence.

That sentence will never now be unwritten. By anyone.

But ya know, boys, there's always some dumb son of a bitch who just doesn't get it:

(Via Andrew Sullivan)


Tim said...

Great result, and in the Senate too! Congratulations.

Russ Manley said...

Thanks mucho, pardner. Sensible people are all very happy here this morning, and I'm sure the rest of the world is breathing a BIG sigh of relief - as well they should.

Davis said...

Thrilled to wake up to the good news this morning (I just couldn't stand the suspense last night) - I got emails and Facebook messages from many family and friends abroad all of whom, save one, were thrilled with the American people .

Russ Manley said...

Yeah, plenty of good news last night. Times really are (finally) changing.

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