and that I no longer need to hear the political ads on TV (and hopefully vitriol being spouted on Facebook will trickle off as well).
I’m grateful that Obama has been reelected. He hasn’t been a perfect president, but he’s done well in an incredibly tough situation, not to mention that he supports gay marriage and women’s rights, both things I care about.
Other things I’m happy about:
- Maine and Maryland have voted for marriage equality; Washington is leaning that way; and in Minnesota, they rejected a bill to outlaw same sex marriages.
- Tammy Duckworth will be the first disabled woman veteran (wounded in combat, no less) to enter Congress
- Grace Meng will be the first Asian American that New York has sent to Washington
- Tammy Baldwin is the first openly gay person to be elected to the Senate
- Edited: Tulsi Gabbard becomes first Hindu-American in US Congress
A lot of good things there, and I’m sure there are others that I’m not listing. Edited to add: You can read about a lot more of the awesomeness here.
It doesn’t mean we’re “fixed” as a country, and none of these things eliminate the continued presence of racism, sexism, ableism, or other problems in our country, but I like to see that steps are being taken and seeing signs that we might be starting to head in the right direction.