Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Congratulations, Americans!

I'm pretty sure that everyone who reads this blog knows that:
a) I'm a Canadian first and an American only by past association, and
b) I can't bring myself to get excited about the politics of any Democrat, and
c) change I can believe in is more along the lines of what happened on October 14th in Edmonton-Strathcona than what happened on November 4th in the United States.

But here's the thing: as of seven years ago, I still had warm feelings for the country I had left behind. And when it became something I no longer recognized at all, that made me terribly, horribly sad.

Nobody's going to turn the U.S. into a country I want to live in--it was never going to be that. But that guy the Americans elected last night? He might just turn the U.S. back into a country it would be nice to live next to.

10 comments:

Ian said...

Unfortunately, all the anti-gay marriage/adoption bills passed. Sorry to put a damper on the excitement.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Yeah, it's not all good news. STV in Cincinnati failed, too. But a Democrat in the White House, with a Democratic Congress? A lot fewer "wtf???" things are going to be happening down there.

Stephen K said...

I agree completely. The US may have just regained some semblance of sanity.

L-girl said...

Nice post, thanks.

Yappa said...

Well put! I'm still concerned that the electorate went for optics again, electing a good looking, likable guy without concern for his qualifications. But whatever their reasons, it is a great move ahead!

Ben (The Tiger) said...

Bah, humbug!

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Aw, poor Ben. *pets*

MSS said...

Yep, for those of us still on this side of the border, the election might help make the country a better place to live.

And I had not realized the NDP won Edmonton - Strathcona. So thanks for that bit of news.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

And I had not realized the NDP won Edmonton - Strathcona. So thanks for that bit of news.

Ha! Now I know you haven't been keeping up over here, 'cause it's all I was talking about for several weeks, there. *g*

MSS said...

Oops, I am unmasked!

But, see, I came back...

(By the way, your comment over at F&V about the NZ minority govt elicited two responses, only one of which was from me.)