gold_flamingo (gold_flamingo) wrote,

after the big game

I'm not a joiner.  I'm not really a sports fan.  I ditched every pep rally in high school.  I frequently stand in a corner talking to people I already know at parties.  And yet election days invariably bring out vestiges of team spirit I otherwise completely forget that I have.  I showed up before work at my polling place yesterday morning wearing an Obama t-shirt and a "no on Prop 8" sticker and stood in line for an hour, smiling vaguely at the world in my pre-caffeinated haze, somehow got talked into distributing more stickers on my way out, and finished the night in a hotel ballroom full of screaming Obama fans (such as myself). 

The day after, the whole world feels a bit liminal, not quite one thing or another.  I think enough has been said about the historic nature of the election, so I wil just add this: it is a profound relief to have a president-elect with a genuine understanding of and commitment to the notion of a common good.  I'm sure his idea of it and mine differ somewhat in the specifics, but after eight years of governance as a full-contact sport, it was past time for a change.  Civilization cannot be zero-sum without unraveling itself.   So welcome back, America.  We've missed you.

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