I can’t say I’m particularly surprised at the presidential election outcome. The most dynamic candidate has always won, and both Gore and Kerry were huge snoozers in terms of inspiring passion in their parties.
Nevertheless, I’m pleased the Democrats and Obama found each other, and that the American people chose them both.
In fact, I was actually a bit sad this morning that I wasn’t a part of the nation that Obama and McCain so passionately addressed in their acceptance and concession speeches. Canadian politics have, at least in my lifetime, been pretty ho-hum.
But then I look at things like the result of Prop. 8 in California, and I remember that, empassioned leadership or not, I wouldn’t sacrifice a single ounce of my Canadianness.
I’m proud to live in a nation where, depsite the personal beliefs of whoever the leader may be, it’s left up to the courts and the constitution to maintain that all people are equal, not up to the whims of a fickle and diverse population. Where not only is universal health care available and accessible, it’s a fundamental right.
And where, incidentally, our head of state has been thrice female. One of whom is Asian, one of whom is Black (Haitian to be specific).
Yes, it’s great that the US of A is finally taking a step in the right direction.
But if one of the most liberal states in the union still finds it more important to legislate the ethical treatment of farm animals, than maintain equality and basic decency to their fellow American? It’s a very, very small step indeed.