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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Why President Obama Was Re-Elected

Americans by and large are tired of being scared.  Scared by SuperPacs.  Here in Pennsylvania, which was an on-again, off-again swing state this election, the political ads in the last few days before the election weren't pro-Romney. They were anti-Obama. Designed to scare.  All accused Obama of putting the American economy in the tank, and forecast years of misery if he were to be re-elected, with a lot of young Moms and Dads looking pained and rubbing their foreheads.  All paid for by "Americans For This" or "The Committee To Preserve That," SuperPACs that the Supreme Court says are people, too.  A common statement I heard on election day:  "Hey, I can watch TV again!"

We all realize that the American dream is a Dad who makes a ton of money at his job so Mom can stay home and make apple pies and little Dick and Jane go to a school staffed by caring teachers where all the kids play nice.  But it's the American dream.  American reality, that's slightly different. Those of us who live in the reality instead of the dream are women, gays, immigrants, people of color. We deal with it.  It's really no big deal.  And we get tired of those who would rather spend their time yelling about how threatened they are, and how they want everyone to live in their dream world. Shut up and just deal with reality and move forward.  Hmm.  "Forward."  Where have I heard that before?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch some TV.

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