Progress Within the States
Last night, Barack Obama won the 2012 Presidential Election. The election coverage on CNN was very close for a while, and for about an hour it seemed as if Mitt Romney would win the election. And then the tides turned; many had predicted that Romney would win the popular vote but not gain enough electoral votes, allowing for Obama to win in a controversial victory for the masses. For a while, it looked as if that would happen. In the end, however, Obama would win the election on the popular vote, ensuring a victory in the Electoral College.
One thing was for sure, though. This election was close, and either way, half of America was going to be upset that their guy lost. Romney, in his speech of deference to Obama’s victory, said “at a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing”. That message, as far as I can tell from the few Republican friends I have on Facebook, has been largely ignored. The world seemed over for most of them, and there were cries of outrage that Obama can only dig America’s grave deeper and that freedom as we knew it was over. One even went so far as to say that the republicans ought to take one half of the country, build a wall to separate the two sides and not let any democrats over at all, to the point of excessive force. I don’t really talk to him a lot.
University of Mississippi students rioted over Obama’s victory. The conservative group Heritage Action has announced “We are at war to save this nation”. Donald Trump lit up twitter with anti-Obama slogans every two or three minutes after the results were called.
In my opinion, it’s this “partisan bickering and political posturing” which has garnered little progress in the past 4 years. I’m not a political expert or an analyst. I’m a college freshman with little interest in politics. I just think compromise, as negative as the word sounds, and overlap between America’s political parties would yield some progression towards a better America. Thus ends my small rant.
In other news, Maine, Washington, Minnesota, and Maryland legalized gay marriage. This is a momentous step forward. Another hot topic which was addressed was the legalization of marijuana. In Colorado and Washington, both states voted to legalize recreational use of the drug. Massachusetts, my home state, voted Elizabeth Warren into office as its first female senator. On the state level, progress is accumulating. We will have to see what the next four years bring on the national level.