When the campaigning for president originally began, about two years ago, America was a very different place. Obama hadn’t lived up to the progressive ideals that he had sold to his voters in 2008 and, two years later, Republicans swept to power in the House of Representatives with the single largest gain of seats in the nation’s history. It was a sad time to be a Democrat, and an even worse time to be an Obama supporter. I changed my party affiliation from Democratic to Green.
But something happened over the course of these past two years that has taken virtually everyone by surprise. Obama somehow managed to find his progressive voice again. With it, he found a clear path back into the White House where he has been given a mandate to raise taxes on top earners, tackle global warming, pass the DREAM Act, reform immigration policies, and reduce the deficit while preserving social welfare programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Along with Obama’s victories, gay marriage was approved in three states, while a fourth voted to keep an anti-marriage amendment out of the state’s constitution. In two sates, marijuana was legalized for recreational use. America clearly made a left turn in 2012, and it’s absolutely thrilling to experience.
I voted for Obama this year, and I did so with great enthusiasm. K and I went to the polls bright and early, waited in a 20-minute line, and cast our vote for equality, liberalism, sound fiscal policy, and strong foreign policy. We voted Obama-Biden and so did 51 percent of the rest of the country. All told, this supposed “nail-biter” of an election saw Obama win 332 electoral votes, and he is only the third president in the past 100 years to win the popular vote for both of his presidential terms.
The USA is not a perfect country and our political system is still badly broken. So is our economy. So are our immigration policies. So is our budget. But the path to fixing all of those things clearly runs through the Obama administration, and not through Mitt “47 Percent” Romney’s campaign promises. It’s refreshing to see another underwhelming Republican, corporate shill cast away like the joke he truly was.
Four more years!