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Dreaming of a Better World

I'm feeling the knots in my back relax.

I remember sitting listening to a rich man talk to the lawyer I worked for about 20 years ago. He was talking about sports and elections, and saying the older he got, the less he cared about the home team and the more fascinated and focused he became on elections. Which football team wins affects the mood of a day or a week--who makes our laws affects everything.

My Angel and I have a tradition of going in to vote near the end of the day, and keeping a record of what number is written by our names in the book. Usually the turnout in our area is dismal, probably due only in part to the number of non-citizens who live here. Today, we got there at about 6:20. There was no line, but there were a lot more people there than usual, including a table full of people registering to vote. (Wisconsin lets you register and vote the same day.)

We were #432 and 434 in our ward/precinct. The nice young lady behind the desk said, with a big smile, that they haven't had a break all day!

We had three instead of the usual two precincts at our polling place. We were #695 and 694 placing our ballots in the box. The other two precincts were in line with the usual voting numbers for our precinct.

Both numbers were substantially higher than at any previous election here, with Obama's last run for President being the next highest. Somebody must have really inspired the voters in our neighborhood!

Although I haven't always agreed with the people I've talked with about this election, I have been heartened by the fact that people care.  They're paying attention and they care who we elect and I find that very hopeful.

And I am so, so glad to have candidates I believe in elected this time!  Not only Obama, but also Tammy Baldwin, who is soon to be the first female Senator from Wisconsin and is the first openly gay person elected to the U S Senate. 

I am also so very glad that it looks like we will not have to spend weeks worrying about recounts and possible lawsuits. 

The election results I'm hearing today makes me believe that the world I live in is changing for the better.  Slowly with many stumbling points, but still in the right direction. 

Soon, the once and future President will speak, and then I'll head to bed to dream of a world where people in love can marry regardless of sexual orientation, where skin color and gender don't limit a person's success, and where people who are willing to work can earn enough to support a family.

I've been looking at my cell phone and saying, "I love living in the future" for a while now.  Maybe before I die I'll look at demographic data and be able to say that about social issues too.

I'm not holding my breath, mind you.  But tonight I'm cautiously hopeful.



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Nov. 7th, 2012 11:31 am (UTC)
I went to sleep with the matter undecided and woke up to learn Obama had one.

I feel so much better.
Nov. 8th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm glad I knew before going to sleep, even though I was a bit tired this morning.
Nov. 7th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
This is the first I've heard of Tammy Baldwin. That is an awesome win right there. I've always had a soft spot for Wisconsin, now more than ever.
Nov. 8th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Wisconsin is still having a crisis of ideology, but they did well with the national elections.
Nov. 7th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Nov. 8th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
Lovely blue and purple sparkles!
Nov. 8th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
It's comforting to hear that the electorate in Wisconsin has recovered some of the sanity it had so obviously lost with your last gubernatorial election.

I hadn't fully acknowledged how much my fear of Obama losing was weighing on my mood. I'm noticeably less depressed today.
Nov. 8th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Sadly, they re-elected too many Republicans to the state senate and house, so that Walker will still have a relatively free reign in the state itself.

But happily, Obama and Baldwin won here!!! I guess we haven't totally lost our minds here yet.

I too am feeling more cheerful.
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