So, I managed to read three pages of comments on Matt Taibbi’s election day piece — Election Day Is Finally Here: Tonight Is Going to Suck No Matter What — before I couldn’t any longer.
I agree with Taibbi: Tuesday night sucked for everyone, even for those dancing in the street falsely believing that somehow their world will be better (or more likely, not going to descend into some political hell).
There is more that unites me with my Tea Party neighbor than either of us has in common with the top two vote getters in this year’s presidential election. I don’t know however, what I can do to start that conversation. Reading the comments from Taibbi’s fans provides ample evidence of the divide. Taibbi wrote:
So all this freaking out and vicious invective-trading looks nuts from the outside: it looks like we’re making up reasons to hate and fear each other, summoning the language of violent civil unrest with a hedonistic zeal that only people who haven’t experienced the real thing could possibly enjoy.
What’s become clear in the last few weeks is that the last real taboo in America is admitting that the world isn’t going to end if the other guy gets elected. The corollary to that taboo is an apparent new national prohibition against having even the slightest faith in the essential patriotism of the other side.
No, the world didn’t end Wednesday morning. We’re all still here. What didn’t happen though was nothing changed. I listened to the people on the Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation yesterday and I confess that my reaction was a desire to reach through my speaker and smack the lot of them with their talk of how the the next four years will not be like the last four years because of the clear message of Tuesday’s election.
What clear message?
There was no landslide. There was no mandate. A hair-fine majority of Americans voted for President Obama. Sure, it looks more impressive when viewed through the lens of the Electoral College, but that’s because of our winner-take-all system.
The Senate is still barely controlled by the Democrats which means that the filibuster will continue to stop any action deemed distasteful to the 1 Percent. The Republicans continue to control the House which means any legislation that benefits the 99 percent over the 1 percent is dead on arrival.
Nothing changed people.
Absolutely fecking nothing.
I called this at the end of 2011. Nothing has happened since then to make me have any doubt about Tuesday’s results.
There was a glimmer of hope in the Occupy Wall Street movement, but we all see where that went.
I do feel better today knowing that by casting my vote for the Green Party ticket I voted my conscience and my principles and not my fears.
My future votes will be along the same lines.
The work continues.