the battle’s done, and we kinda won, so we sound our victory cheer

Posted: November 6, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Me a few minutes after MSNBC announced the Ohio poll results, giving my best cheesy grin.

When Obama was first elected in 2008, I was under no illusions that he was going to take office and undo the complete cesspit that eight years of the Bush regime had left the United States.

I mean, I’ll cheerfully describe myself as a pessimist. I’m not just a glass-half-empty type– to me, the glass is half empty, and the water’s contaminated with giardia, and it’s also lukewarm and tastes slightly like feet. I find that pessimism is a reasonable strategy for protecting yourself against disappointment.

So I knew that when Obama took office, he wasn’t going to work some manner of healing magicks over what the economy, or our quagmire in Iraq, or the social injustices plaguing the country, and kiss it all better. I knew that there would be problems. I knew that the Republican party would be against him every step of the way, for reasons that basically boil down to the fact that he’s an intelligent black man with a funny name. I knew this. And I thought that whatever Obama was planning to do, he’d better do it in his first four years, because I wasn’t sure even then that he was going to survive to the next election before being murdered by some trigger-happy Birther, much less re-elected.

But it happened.

And it happened against all the odds. It happened despite the multinational corporations pouring their billions into funding the Romney campaign, despite the fact that the Republicans chose as their nominee a candidate that combined all the worst qualities of Greg Stillson from The Dead Zone and Mr. Burns and yet somehow people believed he was likable (or worse, trustworthy), despite the fact that the Republican Party did everything they could to obstruct voting in Ohio barring actual physical violence, despite all the chicanery and flimflam and outright lies, Barack Obama has done it. He’s done what I didn’t think he could do. Even if the dark machinations that constantly seek to destroy my future, and the future of so many millions of others, still exists, and will come back two or four years later like a bloody vengeful spirit out of Hell, it happened. The election’s over, and we can finally move forward. 

Maybe there’s a case to be made for this optimism thing.

I don’t usually talk about politics on Axolotl Ceviche. But this is important.

~ Ian

Me and my friend Finn, minutes after the election. (We don’t look *too* crazy, do we?)


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