It has been a week since America was anxiously awaiting the results of the 2012 election. There was a lot at stake–health care, same-sex marriage, labeling of genetically modified foods and women’s rights. It was pretty scary–if the vote had gone to Romney/Ryan, we’d be living in a society where rape was okay, Planned Parenthood was reduced to nothing, and women would be back in the pre-Roe v. Wade era. Many women were dreading the results. What if we wound up in Romneynation? What if our rights were taken away? It was not a happy time.
As the results of the elections rolled in, there was more and more hope that we wouldn’t be in Romneynation. Women practically swept Congress, with Tammy Baldwin (WI,) Mazie Hironi (HI,) Amy Klobuchar (MN,) Claire McCaskill (MO,) Diane Feinstein (CA,) Debbie Stabenow (MI,) Elizabeth Warren (MA,) Kristen Gillibrand (NY) and Tammy Duckworth (IL) getting elected. Maine and Maryland legalized same sex marriage. Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana. Whoa! How awesome is that? But the biggie–would Obama get four more years, or would we be in Romneynation?–had a while to be answered. Watching the news was a terrifying roller coaster ride, with numbers going up and down, making the results very unclear. However, the question was answered at roughly 11:30 PM, with many networks calling Obama’s victory starting a little after 11 PM.
Facebook statues were pouring in with many women claiming that they were relieved, that the country was saved, we were safe. While we completely agree, we still think there’s something a little messed up about having to live in fear about the outcome of this election. That’s not okay. We shouldn’t have to live in fear that the human personification of Mr. Burns (The Simpsons) was going to take away not just women’s rights, but the rights of workers, the rights of immigrants, the rights of everyone who is not an overly wealthy white man. While Obama does have to step up his game this term, he at least is not out to take away rights from the people he is leading. We hope that this wakes up the Conservatives that, while we are a severely divided nation, we’re not going to accept their nonsense anymore. We’re not afraid.
So, LivLunatics, we’re turning this over to you–what are your feelings on the 2012 election? Are you excited for the next four years? What do you hope to see happen?