he’s a good man, charlie brown; UPDATED

President Obama’s Victory Speech

What he said.

(I do wish we could skip the “God Bless America” part, since the implication always seems to be “and f@#$ everyone else.” Like praying that your football team will win, because they deserve it so much better than that other team over there in different-colored shirts.)

And then there’s this.


In a related story, Only Daughter was being harassed a bit yesterday in school by fellow students whose parents voted differently than I did. She pointed out that they were only parroting what their parents said, and didn’t know enough about anything to have any ideas of their own. (I asked her later what SHE thought, and she said she didn’t really think anything yet, although, from what she could tell our guy was more sympathetic than the other guy. I was very proud.) (This is the girl who worries for hours, and feels guilty eating her dinner, if she even SEES a homeless person or someone begging on the exit ramps.)

Her teacher caught wind of some of these arguments, and started to have a nice talk about how American democracy works and how likely it is that in any given election just <50% of people will be unhappy and just >50% of people will be happy. I was thinking, as O.D. reported this, that this was such a wonderful opportunity to talk about differences of opinion and our responsibility to respect them, about reasonable discourse and discussion, about what a privilege it was to vote for our leaders and to be able to talk freely about that vote before and after. Rather, she went right from her first, reasonable point, to this: We are so lucky to live in the best country on the planet.

Yeah, that should help.

2 Responses to “he’s a good man, charlie brown; UPDATED”

  1. November 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Canada used to run some interesting ads just before elections comparing the all too typical “I can’t be bothered to vote” with the “new” Canadian recent immigrant being overwhelmed at actually having the opportunity at all! We take much for granted…

    • November 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Yes, we do.

      Some snot-nosed kid on Only Daughter’s bus was complaining that “those liberals” want to “take all of the money from us rich people and give it to the poor” (I’m quoting here), and I can’t help but wonder what he’s done to earn that money that he feels so entitled to and if he has even a fraction of a clue how incredibly lucky he is.

      As they say in Italy, (or at least, we imagine they do, because it’s one of the few Italian phrases we can actually remember), credo di no.

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