The US elections are over, the ballots are cast and (mostly) counted. One half of the country is off licking its wounds and the other half is toasting victory.
Grateful that our commercials are back to being non-politically annoying and even though the yard signs will probably stick around way past Christmas, we are waking up to the realization that our country has REelected its first black President. Our country has its first openly gay elected Senator. Our country has more women in Congress than ever before. Three of our states have voted in favor of marriage equality by popular vote.
President Obama adopted this word to his campaign to represent his ideal of FORWARD!-moving progress, moving our country FORWARD! beyond partisanship, foreign dependency, and into a more socially accepting culture.
I hope, wish, BEG our elected officials to get past the divisiveness infecting the discourse in our political culture. Moderation, bipartisanship, and compromise can work.
Let’s see it actually happen.
Angie Lynch is the founder and managing editor of the powerhouse women’s literary community, Smut Book Club. She is a Native Floridian without a tan, probably because she spends her days hard at work on the magical internet. For the past several years, Angie has worked way too hard at building clout as an influencer in food and margaritas as well as being a source for laughable pop culture commentary. You can read more from Angie on her blog, A Whole Lot of Nothing.