Raise your hand if you had a hangover this morning.
I don’t care if you were drinking (celebratory or not), sleep deprived or just confused because when you went to bed last night that map was so red, you thought it was bleeding, either way, chances are that you woke up this morning feeling a little fuzzy.
And it didn’t even matter who you voted for.
So what happened?
A few things really.
The first being the possibility that a lot of those people that voted for Mitt Romney were not voting for Mitt Romney. They were voting against Barack Obama.
You will always, always have that segment of the population that just did not want the black guy to win. Even in a so-called “multiracial” or “post-racial” America. Some people are still afraid that a black person in power means it’s only a matter of time before we round up and enslave all the white people.
Let me reassure you that this has never been part of the plan. Or if it is, no one told me. Equality is just equality, it doesn’t mean one person has to have their foot on the other person. Remember that.
And remember this, making choices based on what you don’t want almost never works. I know that from years and years of personal experience. It’s like turning to run from something only to take two steps and smack your face into a wall.
Beyond that there were too many times when Mitt Romney said or did something that suggested:
-a- he didn’t really want the job so he could do the job but to be able to say he got the job, or for some other reason …I mean really, why are you trying to get a job to lead a government that you think the people have no need for?
-b- he seemed to mistake profit for progress…. Which, okay, no one can argue that business is not very critical to it all because it is. But who provides the service and who are they providing them for? It’s the people, man. You can’t have one without the other.
And –c- he honestly did not have a clue about the middle class and lower middle class people, the very people who make up a significant portion of the American population.
Romney and his team failed to acquiesce the one fundamental thing about most of America.
Obama and his team nailed it.
It’s the human quality; it’s the souls of the people. It’s the pride you feel when you know that you played a role in things going well, the humbleness you feel when things fall flat, and the strength you display when you get up and give it another go.
It’s the fact that wherever we are is only temporary and wherever we may go next can be good or bad.
It’s the fact that for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places, in all kinds of circumstances, every day can be a struggle.
If you are familiar with struggle, you cringed every time you heard the familiar Republican campaign refrain of “Obama didn’t make the bad go away in four years’ time, so he should go.”
If you are familiar with struggle you didn’t really expect him to do it in four years’ time.
The expectation was for hard work, commitment, doing the right thing, and making the best of a bad situation by doing the best you can with whatever is available to you or otherwise improvising.
For four years, we watch President Obama walk uphill, in high wind… during a poop storm, and still manage to get some things done.
That kind of life isn’t new to a lot of us. It’s the day to day.
We count our blessings and say things like, “It could be worse” because we know that it doesn’t take much to lose your footing. A job loss, a physical or mental health condition, the bills that come with it that we can’t afford, having to choose between utilities and food.
It could happen to any of us, and we are grateful to survive, even if we need a little support to do so.
We learn early on in life that sometimes despite your best effort, life can be more down than up. And we know that the turnaround time on some things can be a lifetime if it happens at all.
There was never an expectation that we would wake up tomorrow with money trees in the yard and gold bricks paving the sidewalk. Just that someone understood that we do the best we can. That we strive to be our best even when we know that it might only get us half way there.
This isn’t being a “victim” or “dependent” this is real. You can’t imply that people are lazy, irresponsible, dependent cheats and then wonder why they don’t like you.
One of us would have to be really stupid for that to go over well, and we’re not stupid. Honestly, I don’t suppose Romney is either… just not very in tune with what this American life really is.
And then to turn around and ask me for a job (a hand out he would probably call it) in the form of a vote?
So you see there is an essence to people, a quality that is both lovely and loathsome in us that makes the everyday struggle something we readily get up for, go out and participate in even when the odds are stacked against us.
Ironically, one of the best descriptions I’ve heard of this was in President Obama’s victory speech:
… hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
We are not lesser people because we are still in the fight daily, we’re stronger people. In many ways, it’s what connects us to each other.
Too bad for Romney that he failed to understand or make that connection.Drinking game video. Take a sip every time you see DWTS judge Bruno Tonioli wiggle by. But drink water because if you drink alcohol you will be anything but standing two minutes into this video.
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Dramatic gestures are so irritating. One fish? Really?
Maroon 5 – One More Time
Notorious B.I.G. – Everyday Struggle