Wednesday, November 05, 2008
It's a Good Feeling
I have never been as interested, as engaged, in an election cycle as this time around. It felt historic, and it was historic. Like it or not, the people have spoken. We, the people. People who, in the past, didn't turn out to vote, have come out in record numbers and exercised their collective might. And once again, after a tumultuous campaign, we will have a peaceful transition from one leader to another. That's part of what makes this country great. I was emotionally moved when Senator McCain gave his concession speech. I hope he continues his bipartisan work in the Senate to help get things done. Now that we're done with the electioneering, I'm excited about the future. The ship of state has been going in the wrong direction for eight years, and now it's going to turn around. I want to see an end to the doctrine of preemptive war, and end to leading the country by fear-mongering, an end to rampant, unaccountable executive power, a reaffirmation of our Constitutional rights. I want to see diplomacy as the first tool of foreign affairs, war only as a last resort. I want to see the United States of America leading the world, not fighting it.