i am so overwhelmed with emotions right now that i'm having a hard time putting anything resembling a coherent thought together. i'll try to spit something out, though.
i am beyond elated to know that our country has elected barack obama! this election has been a bit of a new experience for me. i have finally voted for a candidate that won the election! it was also a new experience for me to be excited to cast my ballot as a positive vote for a candidate that i believe in and not cast my ballot as a protest vote, or a defensive vote or a vote for the lesser of two evils.
we had a party last night and when they called the election it was utter pandemonium in our house - people cheering, hugging, crying, corks popping, dogs barking, phones ringing. it felt like new year's eve.
we really were ringing in a new era and i have hope that we can turn a new page in our country's history and start getting things on the right track. we need to heal the red state-blue state divide. let's stop wasting so much time and energy on hate and put that energy towards fixing some of the problems that our country faces. our president-elect is not going to be able to solve all the problems himself, but i truly believe that he can lead us to solutions that we, as a country, can implement.
the victory is bittersweet though, and my excitement is more than a bit dampened by the result on proposition 8. i am very disappointed that californians have voted against marriage equality. we'll get there eventually, though. in time, everyone will come to realize that it's wrong to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation just like it's wrong to discriminate against someone based on the color of their skin.
to end it on a happy note, here's a picture of the president elect, who, apparently, is also a bruin!