From 2016: “After watching the debates and talking about the election in school, Julia is very much into it. She fished out an old Obama button from some treasure trove and is wearing it along with two new Hillary buttons. Her assignment for Tuesday is to color a map as results come in. She told me that she is going to color the whole thing blue before any results come in. Magical thinking to be sure, but she’s got the right idea.”
2020: Julia can vote! And vote we did at the kitchen table on Saturday after which we drove down to the town hall and dropped our votes in the assigned box. There was an older man who did it before we did and we applauded him. The young woman who was behind us applauded us. We are all in this together.
Not a wave, not everything I wanted, but a check and possibility a balance and a call to accountability by at least one house of Congress. Possibilities that did not exist yesterday. It is politics and you never get everything you want.In 2016, there was nothing for me.Today, Julia is over joyed that Scott Walker is out—8 years, or is it 28, of union busting, gutting Wisconsin schools and selling the state to the highest bidder could possibly stop.It saddens me to see how much of the country is still red in the worst way.Not the conservatives of my youth (that I did not agree with but respected) buta racist, misogynist, white national basket of deplorables with leaders ready to lie and manipulate almost without reason and certainly for political expediency.Still, the deplorables and their leaders have ushered in a wave of opposition that has been depressed and despondent since 2016 and uninvolved for a good long time.Women and people of color have stepped up and I believe that they are here to stay.Brava!Bravo!Walking outside this morning, I felt Madison breath a sigh of relief—shoulders look a bit lower, music sounds a bit more vibrant, the cold air feels a bit cleaner. There is tittering in the coffee shop this morning and a shit-eating grin on my face.