I’m slightly high on hydrocodone and still in pain, so I’ll be taking another one shortly, but first I wanted to say how deeply honored I am to be alive right now, at this moment, when history is changing. I admit that I still have a relatively bleak view of the future, but for now, I feel like we might stand a vague chance of moving into the next Age with much more grace and far less trauma than we’ve been gearing ourselves up for.
And, yes, I just ended a sentence with a preposition. I’m on drugs. Bugger off.
(and there I did it again…)
It’s not that Obama is a black man and that he’s won the Presidency for the United States of America – although that’s fucking awesome in and of itself. It’s that people voted with their conscience instead of their party lines. He’s a Democrat, sure, because he believes in the retention of certain rights, but he decidedly NOT Liberal. In fact, he’s a real, honest-to-goodness Conservative in so many ways, but he’s also not a Neo-Con, which, if you look at it, isn’t a conservative stance at all:
2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
The first definition of “conservative” that Dictionary.Com lists (“1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.”) is, frankly, not really conservative but rather establishmentarian and specifically determined currently by the alleged popular attitude of so-called “Conservatives”.
(If none of this makes sense, I refer the reader to the first and second paragraphs.)
Last night, I was floored, honored, and moved to tears by McCain’s concession speech. I found myself wondering who he really voted for, because I got the honest feeling that he really did believe that Obama has become the right man for the job. McCain seemed so much more calm and relaxed – dare I say, relieved – that it was all over. Palin, I’m sad to say, looked stunned and must’ve been completely bamboozled. I think she really thought that they were trying to win, and when it didn’t turn out that way… well, I hope she brings a lot of positive learnin’ back to Alaska.
And if I was moved by McCain’s concession speech, I was even more moved by Obama’s acceptance speech. He never identified himself primarily as a Black Man, or as an African-American (although he’s more African-American than most people we know), or even as a Minority, and I think that holding onto his primary identity as an American with a passion for making our country great and improving the quality of life for all was what truly won this election for him.
My only sorrow at this point is that after January 20th, there will be so much less fodder for the Pundit Kitchen that they may have to shut down the site – unless they focus on foreign politics, in which case… holy crap, people will finally know where Kyrgyzstan is. The role of political cartoonists is not to lampoon and make fun of the current political climate – it’s to educate people who wouldn’t otherwise care about the real circumstances of the world’s political state. That’s why I can’t do political cartoons – that’s too much responsibility for me, thankyouverymuch.
Did I mention that my birthday was awesome? And that NaNoWriMo is going pretty well, too? And that I’m writing a new book? (All Indigos, please email me when you get a chance. I’m putting together a survey I’d like you to fill out.)
Daniel turns a year old in eight days, and he’s wearing size 18MO. Good gods, but how huge would this kid have been if he’d been born on time?!? He also has eight teeth, doesn’t do “baby food” anymore, and has nearly perfectly the trademark Scorpio “I do not approve” look. I’ll upload pictures when I damn well feel like it.
Wow, this was a lot longer than I expected. I hope it had substance. I’m going to save the rest of my words for NaNo. I think I’m actually behind! (Or, at least, Joe’s finally pulled ahead of me. I’m so proud of him!)