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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 08:58 am
"this is an obama nation" doesn't quite sound right


I think my favorite thing about this gif is Michelle Obama's expression.

Maybe the only thing that's dampened my spirits this morning is the uncomfortable amount of schadenfreude I've already seen online, both on LJ and elsewhere, since the results were announced, and more of it is probably inevitable. But celebrating one's own victory never has to include reveling in another's defeat.

I'm certainly not knocking how much this election meant to a lot of people. It should have; it was fairly epic. And the disappointment one side in a two-sided race will inevitably feel is going to be expressed many different ways, some gracious, but some hurtful, and some hateful, particularly when so much rides on the outcome. But it gains nothing to find joy in that disappointment, and very little to criticize the manner in which it's expressed, especially in the heat of the moment. One of Obama's central messages throughout his campaign was one of bipartisanship and unity in solving the crises that face us. Not divisiveness.

Easy for me to say, of course, since "my guy won." But let's get down to business and get some shit done, all together now.

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socktree
socktree
If I had my way, wars would be fought with robots
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)

Exactly, we can't take sides anymore. We need to work for a common goal - to help each other.


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kathyrhino
kathyrhino
kathyrhino
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)

*Applauds!* Very well said. People tend to overlook the fact that 55 million people aren't happy with the outcome as this was not a landslide. Yes, "my guy won" too, but that is almost beside the point. After such a dwelling on negativity, it is going to be very hard to heal the battle wounds and come together for real progress.


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solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)

One of Obama's central messages throughout his campaign was one of bipartisanship and unity in solving the crises that face us. Not divisiveness.

I, too, am already tired of the "in your face, suckers!" form of celebrating, as it goes completely against mine and Obama's hopes for the future of the country. It is easy for us to say because our votes spoke loudest this time, but I was discussing this with someone last night, and if it had gone the other way I'd obviously have been disappointed, but I can't picture myself going off on the other side about them being stupid, etc. just because I didn't get my way. A vote is a vote. I think I would have just been apathetic as usual.

I'm happy to say, though, that I actually haven't seen much of the divisiveness except on a certain LJ community, of course. :)

Edited at 2008-11-05 05:42 pm (UTC)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)

As for a negative reaction to losing, I make a distinction between initial reactionary shock and dismay, and ongoing, vitriolic criticism. I'll forgive the former.


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solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)

To call yourself a patriot and wrap yourself in the flag and then boo the incoming president's name is hypocritical to say the least. I don't think calling their bullshit "gains nothing" as long as your are equally quick to recognize their successes or the truth in their observations when appropriate. That's keeping open a dialog.

I think this is very well said.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)

It is, and I agree with it, and I should point out that I didn't say calling someone's BS gains nothing.


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varro
varro
Aaron, Lawyer Pepper
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)

McCain was gracious in defeat, as was Karl Rove (!!!).

This is more than I can say about some people in the crowd and on the Internet.


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plaidomatic
plaidomatic
Plaid
Thursday, November 6th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)

Is it really schadenfreude if you don't believe the "misfortune" of others is really unfortunate? Not that I wish actual bad things upon anyone, but that I think that the outcome is beneficial for all. Their misery is self-created, self-borne, and misplaced.


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