America has spoken. Well some have spoken anyway. Lots to think about on this day when the San Francisco Giants marched down Market Street. (That's why I am a bit late on this post I just had to go to the parade) It was thrilling to be in approximately the same place (minus arms in the air holding cell phones) back in 1958 when the New York Giants turned into the San Francisco Giants. Today as I was standing at Montgomery and Market not able to see a thing, I felt it. Last night's election results became a momentary lapse of emotion. I hope, when you voted, you voted for country first and party second. That would have been the unselfish thing to do, methinks. Yeah the dems took it in the shorts in the House, but there is still hope. Even though folks like Rand Paul (K) want to take "their government back" progressives will continue to fight to take "our government forward." The "good old days" are just that, old and probably not so good after all. The dems did not articulate their message very well. They did not tout their giant strides forward to establish equality for everyone, not just the rich.
Americans needed to see Democrats out there, every day, fighting tooth and nail for regular folks. But too often, on things like the AIG bonus scandal and the foreclosure crisis, they saw corporate lobbyists getting their way while people suffered.
Democrats made genuine and significant progress on issues like health care and Wall Street reform. But the Republicans, Fox, and corporate front groups systematically misled America about all of that. And then those same groups spent hundreds of millions to put Republicans over the top. I hoped that the sheep who buy into Fox's pro-corporate anti-American-people-free-trade over fair trade bias would have seen them for what they are. The fog hasn't lifted yet.
Progressive heroes like Russ Feingold, Alan Grayson, and Tom Perriello stood up for everything we believe in. But they were swamped by voter frustration and corporate cash. The precious few bright spots in Delaware and in Nevada as well as in my home state of California create some light.
It sure makes the change we seek seem a long way off. But so was the World Series trophy for the San Francisco Giants. So many disappointments since 1958, but the faithful hung in there with help coming from unlikely heroes on the 2010 team. Was it going to be a looooong season? Yes it was. Was it frustrating as hell? Yes it was. In the end was it pin-point pitching and fine defensive (and offensive) work that help change the tide and bring victory in the end? Yes it was. Because you know why? We could!
and so it goes...