Even beyond the excessive attempts to disenfranchise voters, in spite of an effigy of the President with a noose around his neck, and even with so many other disparaging and racial sentiments arising out of the 2012 campaign, I am more hopeful and proud of my country than ever. American’s voted that they care about each other. Even when they may not agree with each others ideologies or lifestyles, they still voted that everyone should be included and deserves to be counted and have civil rights. The landscape is changing and I am optimistic about the future for the following reasons!
- America’s first African-American president wins not only the majority of electoral votes but also the popular vote, the most successful Democratic candidate since FDR by margins.
- The 113th Congress will have at least 19 female senators – more than ever in U.S. history.
- Hawaii elects America’s first Asian senator.
- Wisconsin elects America’s first openly gay senator.
- Nevada elects Steven Horsford, its first African American Congressman.
- Voting was up for African Americans, young people, and Latinos despite the unprecedented number (25) of voter suppression laws passed last year.