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Roxie102
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Well personally, I think we need a huge YAY for Obama's reelection. I couldn't be happier!
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Seconded!

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Heather
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Yay, indeed!

And also:
• YAY! to all the new women in the senate
• YAY! to an en masse rejection of politicians who blame victims or make light of rape
• YAY! to our first woman with a physical disability being in the senate
• YAY! to the FOUR different winning same-sex marriage initiatives that got voted in on four state ballots
• and YAY! to the two states who votes to decriminialize marijuana (and from a young adult rights perspective, this is actually deeply important: pot possession charges are actually one of the most common ways young people wind up with criminal charges filed against them for no good reason)

There's more than that, amazing as it is, but those are, I'd say, the highlights.

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Redskies
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Indeed, Heather.

And, YAY that one of those women is widely reported as the first openly gay person to be elected to the Senate.

And oh, it's dreamy how None of those bizzaro-rape men got elected [Smile] And, certain kinds of politicians may eventually have to stop saying that same-sex partnerships are unAmerican if people keep majority-voting in favour of them [Smile]

It might seem slightly odd to some US folk how some of us in the rest of the world have an interest in US elections, but really, there was such a huge difference between the candidates and the US has such a major world position, it impacts many non-US folk too. I don't know how reliable they were, but I saw a set of polls showing that of about 20 countries from around the world, every one but Pakistan would have a ginormous Obama vote. So, from the rest of the world, thanks!

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Heather
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Yay indeed, and dreamy FOR SURE.

I sometimes -- I know, I'm a traitor, whatever -- refer to my own country as an infectious disease. Seriously, the neo-conservatism that's been going around here since Reagan HAS had an impact on other nations. It's had an impact per how we have treated those nations, but for sure, we also set an example that, unfortunately, with politics like that, other nations either sometimes follow, or find support in when they're going that way.

But seriously, while I didn't get absolutely EVERYTHING I wanted this time around, I feel totally confident saying that in 40+ years of being a citizen here, with political awareness since I was wee, this is hands-down the most amazing set of election results I've ever experienced. I kind of keep waiting to wake up. [Smile]

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It's great to have that perspective! Because, looking in from elsewhere, a lot of people think "people with those policies are Seriously Actual Contenders for office???! Help us all!!", and it seems to be getting slightly more alarming each time. So that kind of happy perspective, and the very real "yay!" list, is excellent!

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Heather
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For sure.

And the post-election political analysis here, pretty overwhelmingly, and not just from the left, has been going on ever since about how it seems pretty clear that the right got so far right, if they don't dial it considerably down, they're just dead in the water. Maybe not locally or even in some states, but nationally.

(And holy crapcakes, have I been waiting a long time to hear moderates or right-leaning people saying something like that.)

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I don't usually like to discuss politics publicly (and often can't due to my ultra-conservative city), but I have been absolutely thrilled ever since Tuesday night. I feel like this is such a victory on so many levels.

First of all, it reaffirmed that although I am largely alone in my views here, my views are no longer a minority!

I was a little worried, I have to admit. Some people on the opposite end of the spectrum were coming up with some radically anti-feminist and anti-equality views. But in my opinion, when you choose to alienate SO many groups (women, minorities, the LGBT community, ect), you can't be surprised when people don't want you representing them.

But I'm so, so happy! With so much progress in one day, just imagine what we can achieve in the next 5, 10, and 20 years!

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Well, also HEY, Atonement: you likely already know that Hispanic/Chicano/Chicana people had a LOT to do with all of these great results. I say take the credit where it's due!

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In case anyone's interested, I stumbled across where I'd read the rest-of-the-world's voting opinions. I found it striking.
http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2012/11/04/who-would-the-world-elect/ (Posts on the site are fine. Hideous comments are deleted, but comments sometimes still contain some bigotry or complete wrongness.) So I'd say there's a Lot of happy people about this!

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I'm glad Obama won, as well! [Smile]

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Another massive YAY for this for me is that this was one of the best shots the uber-anti-rights conservatives COULD have had... Romney is the kind of person they celebrate, the economy is crap, they said all terrible crap they could to catch people's attentions, they pulled out all the stops, spent hundreds of millions, and they still failed miserably.

Already people in the UK are writing about how Romney's failure in the US is a warning to the super-right-wing factions of our conservative party that extremism does NOT equal a popular vote. It means politicians everywhere HAVE to distance themselves from that crap... the people have spoken. This means very good things for our politics... especially due to the big losses some groups must have incurred that usually feed money to the crappy sides of politics here.

Again.... YAYY!!

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