I plan to write about my experience in Ohio over the last several days, soon, but today, I want to write a short post on what exactly last night’s election results mean for America.
It means a president who has endured the most inane onslaught of bigotry and ignorance over the last four years has prevailed in a dominating Electoral College victory due to the will of the American people.
It means gay Americans will be permitted to marry in three more states, and of all four state referendums on the matter, those who believe in full equality for gay Americans have prevailed in each one.
It means when politicians make ignorant comments on rape and women’s rights, they will be defeated.
It means that, very likely, we will soon have a liberal Supreme Court for the first time in decades.
It means that we will finally have an openly gay U.S. Senator.
It means the Tea Party will continue their fade into obscurity.
It means that those who tried to characterize my generation (folks between 18 and 30) as apathetic or disenchanted with the President were proven absolutely wrong when we came back even stronger in our support for Obama than in 2008.
It means women won huge victories in the fight for their equality, and this means we all, regardless of gender, are better for it.
It means we are even closer to having full marriage equality for the United States.
It means our national and global economies will continue to improve under the liberal policies that saved them from the brink.
It means an eloquent, progressive leader was chosen over the dishonesty and childishness of a fraud.
It means liberalism was given a stirring endorsement.
I means I’m relieved, it means I’m happy, and it means we shall continue moving forward to a brighter day.