gratitude-a-thon day 2039: the midterms: XX rated & diverse

I was on edge all day yesterday, nervous to hope.

Superstition came to claim me. We didn’t watch the returns in the same place, didn’t eat the same food, drink the same wine.

And in the end, the blue wave didn’t quite overwhelm, but I am happy nonetheless. (Also, keep in mind that if there were more Republican senators up for re-election, things could have been very different for Democrats last night). Because I will take the victories that did come. And there are some to celebrate raucously.

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Women! One hundred of them, to be exact will march into Congress for the first time ever. Right here at home, Ayana Pressley became the first woman of color to hit Congress from Massachusetts. Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota are the first Muslim women to take Congressional seats. Sharice Davids beat a Republican man in Kansas. Deb Haaland won in New Mexico, becoming the first Native American woman elected to Congress. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn, a Republican, became the state’s first woman elected to the Senate. Jahana Hayes is Connecticut’s first black congresswoman. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are the first Latina congresswomen in Texas. Janet Mills is the first female governor of Maine. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to win a congressional seat. Stacey Abrams is still waiting for the full count in Georgia. Estrogen tsunami, baby! First we marched, then we won. History books got new a chapter last night.

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Congrats, Ayana Pressley, the first woman of color to hit Congress from Massachusetts!

Yes, the Republicans gained more Senate seats, but the Democrats took the House for the first time in eight years. C’mon, victory dance with me! The Liar-in-Chief will now have a Congress that will limit his actions (although they sadly won’t have any ability to stop his tweet storms). This is big!

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An attorney and former MMA fighter, Sharice Davids became the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

I was heartbroken that Beto didn’t win, but I’ve never seen a social media fundraising game like his (I swear, they contacted me in my dreams and I gave money). This intelligent, empathic and charismatic guy may have lost, but he also won.  And you can only imagine how much I loved his use of my favorite word in his concession speech –“I’m so fucking proud of you too, Beto!” This guy is the future of the Democratic party.

Andrew Gillum’s loss in Florida was also a tough one to swallow, but as BenjaminEPark said in a tweet: “I swear Florida could be voting between ice cream and a kick to the head and the results would be 50.5%-49.5%.”

Also in the major victory category–Jared Polis, the first openly gay man was elected governor in Colorado. Yes to diversity!

So, I’m going to celebrate today. There was a lot that went right last night and a lot of hope for the future. And I for one, am optimistic for the first time in two years.

Gratitude that overwhelming numbers came out yesterday to vote. There is hope. We sent a message. Onward.

 

 

 

 

vote-a-tude-a-thon day 2037: if you care, vote

 

 

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It’s a game, but saving our future is not. Please, pretty please, vote.

 

I feel the cast of Riverdance in the center of my stomach. I am nervous like I was about to parachute out of a plane at 10 million feet (which I could never do). I am biting my cuticles, waking in the middle of the night, cuddling my dog so much, he thinks I’m bringing him to the vet. This election has me wanting to dive into a vat of potato chips and eat until I can’t think anymore (hey, that actually sounds sort of fun…..).

 

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Every single vote matters. Don’t take yours for granted.

 

In my lifetime, never has there been a more important election. Some of you would say that I’m overreacting, as I am wont to do, but nuh-uh, this is the real thing. This is the difference between accepting a leader who blatantly and continually lies to the public about important things, so much so, that a certain amount of our population believes him. This is about the encouragement and support of hate from the top. Come out, come out wherever you are, bring your guns, bring your bombs, and go to it, presidentially approved. This is about blatant racism and bigotry. This is about nationalism and neo-nazi-ism and anti-semitism and all the other ism’s there are. This is about the end of civility and morals and the beginning of a dark and ugly period of history. This is about a rejection of climate change–and if you have children or grandchildren, the rejection of the thoughts of what this planet will be like when you are gone and they are here. This is about women being in charge of their own bodies. This is about democracy.

This is about your life and the lives of everyone important to you.

 

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Your vote is important. So is your voice.

 

There are three days left to decide who you are going to vote for, if you are going to vote, what you are going to do to save democracy. Remember that Trump did not win the popular vote. I am begging you to create a plan to make your voice heard, even if your voice wants to scream “fuck you, Donald Trump, let it scream with your pen at the polls.

Your vote matters. It matters to us all.