I was worried last night that Mitt Romney could be elected president. Actually, it was more like scared. Well, to be honest, I was absolutely fucking terrified!
A few days ago I wrote about Romney’s lack of compassion when it comes to providing healthcare for the non-millionaire sick people in this country. You see, unlike every other industrialized country, the United States does not have universal health insurance. Incredible, right? I had planned to write about some of his other stances that could affect us, but I didn’t feel well for several days and wasn’t able to write. I didn’t feel better until this evening, and by then I had already reveled in the wonderful news: President Barak Obama was re-elected!
My joy at this news might offend some people and that’s fine. You have your opinions and I have mine. But since this is my blog, I’m expressing mine. 😉
There are so many ways that last night’s election was a good thing, but let me list just a few here, in no particular order, including some great health-related results:
- While there is still racism in this country, it isn’t enough to stop Obama’s election or his re-election.
- There are now a record number of women in Congress. We are still incredibly under-represented, but we’re moving in the right direction.
- There is still misogyny and and sexism in this country, but the worst offenders, those who suggested that there is such a thing as “rape that is not forcible” and that “rape is a form of conception,” were voted out of office.
- The Affordable Care Act will not be repealed. I didn’t think it would be anyway, but at least now we don’t have to watch our government waste time and money with the attempt.
- Three states voted to legalize marriage equality and one state voted against a ban of marriage equality. This is the first time that marriage equality has won at the polls and it happened in FOUR states!
- My own state elected a smart, sensible, honest woman to the senate.
- With the ACA safe, women with health insurance will still be able to get free birth control. Now we need to make this happen for the women without health insurance!
- With Obama in the oval office, I feel much better about who will next be appointed to the Supreme Court.
- It is less likely now that Roe v. Wade will be over-turned.
- My state and others passed medical marijuana laws. Finally, there will be a treatment without the horrible side effects of so many (all?) of the others!
- My faith in the American people has been generally reaffirmed. Yes, there was the riot on a college campus last night. Yes, there were racist comments being made. But overall, the American people showed themselves to have, in my opinion, good judgement. Overall they were not racist or sexist or homophobic. Overall they voted for the good of the nation, not only for the good of themselves. And now I can breathe a bit easier because of it.
I could go on and on. There was the first Hindu woman elected to Congress. And the first openly bisexual woman. And so many others. But in the end, the important thing is that I feel our country is moving in a great direction. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.