I have started to write something several times since I first heard a local radio talk monster quoting an e-mail from one of his slobbering minions: “Watching the Obama victory last night was like re-living 9/11. I felt just like the passengers on that plane in Pennsylvania.”
Most of this stuff just bounces off, but (as my wife will atest) I thought my head was going to explode after hearing something that foul and disturbing (or what my friend Buzz calls “unbelievable, irresponsible and unforgivably unpatriotic”).
Yet, each time I have reached for my keyboard, I have been overcome by a sense of calm and certainty that we are at the beginning of something new and good. No, it’s not the end of racism or partisan politics. Florida (not alone among the states) is still filled with confused if not homophobic folk. Space aliens have not arrived to do our thinking for us. Evolution (if you believe in such things) has not rapidly accelerated our capacity for just getting along. But, for at least another couple of years, I can take pleasure in this fact:
Even if I ascribed to the ridiculous idea that every person who voted for John McCain were one of those who hate the American ideals of freedom, justice and equality as much as the woman who compared the election of her country’s President to a murderous attack by religious fanatics, they’re now officially and legally in the minority.