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It's been a very long time since I published a diary. I've come over here because I am getting fed up with people on Facebook and LJ screaming about Obama supporters and Democrats "gloating" and "rubbing it in."  Not that there's anything wrong with that, and it's understandable.  But I am not going to allow my celebration and relief to be distorted and mischaracterized.

I am not heaving a huge sigh of relief because my guy "won."  I am certainly not jumping up and down on fellow Americans.  (Well, maybe on Alan West.)

I am grateful because for once, GLBT rights were on the ballot--and won.  I am relieved that women's bodies and voices and votes mattered, and that I don't have to settle for being a second-class citizen.  I am amazed that America woke up to the fact that the Other--gay, brown, black, female, etc.,--suddenly was not the Other at all. We are The Other.  The Other is us.

We have dodged a bullet.  We fought back hard.  We fought for our lives, because that's what it was literally about.  People sweated and cried and stood in line for hours.  People refused to be walked over and blew whistles, took photos, called lawyers and filed lawsuits.  We did that because we HAD to. And we won overwhelmingly, because we were right.

And now celebrating this fact is ugly, and we must learn a lesson about being "bipartisan," and somehow we ought to be ashamed of "rubbing it in."  It's American to disagree!  It's all equivalent!  Shame on you!

Certainty is not supposed to be a Democratic or a liberal thing.  But it is for me this time.  We won because we are right, and because equal rights for all is always right, and taking those rights away is always wrong.  We're right to cry with relief, and it's ok for us to celebrate.

I'm not apologizing for that.

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  •  You Tak the High Road and I'll Tak the Gloat Road (2+ / 0-)
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    psilocynic, Bob Love

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:26:40 PM PST

  •  I certainly wouldn't gloat (3+ / 0-)
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    VeloDramatic, Egghead, Cheeky

    in a Romney voter's face, but...rememeber what Republicans and other Bush voters did to us eight years ago when Bush was re-elected and all the anti-gay constitutional amendments were passed in 11 states? I think we deserve to enjoy this victory for equality tonight.

  •  You should have (2+ / 0-)
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    Egghead, Bob Love

    seen our house.  We broke out the sparkling cider !

    Our daughter was running around the house shouting OBAMA!

    She asked if a girl had ever been president.  I explained no, but a black man had never been president before President Obama.

    She said she might want to be president.  She is nine.

    If we keep at this, some day we can have a female president!

    Celebrate and be happy, we really dodged a bullet on this one.  Plus the good guys won, how can that not be a good thing?

  •  I Don't Like Gloating (1+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love

    I say pile on @ssholes like Rove, but I don't think people should gloat to average GOP voters who probably meant well and had their hearts broken.

    I remember 2004 and losing hurts.

    Plus, politics in the USA is a fickle game.  We had a good year this year, but 2016 could very well be different.

  •  I'll do a bit of both. (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah, most of the repubs I'll spare, but there are sure a lot of assholes out there that will not hesitate to continue spouting their hatred.  I wish I was a better person, but I'll give them back a little gloating.

    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

    by beemerr90s on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:19:03 AM PST

  •  Mitt Romney Has Been Lying For Almost Two Years... (1+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love

    I'm glad he lost......really, really glad.  He got beat by a phenomenal Obama campaign.  They were effective, they kept their ground apparatus in place & ready to go, they defined Romney early in all the swing states.

    They also had a GOTV operation that is unparalleled.  They smartly understood the demographic shift. They increased the youth vote by over 20% from 2008.

    They deserve to celebrate.  We deserve to celebrate.  Republicans are just going to have to accept it.  

    •  I think what bugs me . . . (0+ / 0-)

      . . .is that this isn't coming from Republicans.  It's coming from people who take the attitude of "you're all equally bad."  

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