by Elizabeth on November 7, 2012 · 4 comments

in Current Affairs, USA

This speech gave me goosebumps. 

To the Republicans who said that they would be moving to Australia if Obama won, please know this:

Australia has universal healthcare (pro-choice), social security for all and compulsory voting.  We have no death penalty, no guns, and evolution is taught in all our schools.  We have openly gay politicians and judges.

Our female Prime Minister is an unmarried athiest.

You may prefer to shop around.

Thank you, America, for playing a long game and finishing what you started.  We were beginning to worry.


Edited to add this excellent commentary by Rachel Maddow, 7 Nov 2012

“Ohio really did go to President Obama. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately, President of the United States. Again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make Conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing Math.  
And Climate Change is Real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And Evolution is a Thing. And Benghazi was an attack ON us, it was not a scandal BY us. And nobody is taking away anyone’s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually, and Saddam Hussein did not have Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the moon landing was real, and FEMA is not building concentration camps, and UN Election Observers are not taking over Texas, and moderate reforms on the regulations in the insurance industry in this country are not the same things as Communism… 
[but] if the Republican Party and the Conservative Movement and the Conservative Media are stuck in a vacuum-sealed, door-locked spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good, and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived as a nation of the constructive debate between competing, feasible ideas about real problems.  
Last night, the Republicans got shellacked. And they had no idea it was coming. And we saw them in real, humiliating time, not believe it even as it was happening to them. And unless they are going to secede, they are going to have to pop the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside if they do not want to get shellacked again. And that will be a painful process for them, I’m sure. But it will be good for the whole country, left, right and center.  
You guys, we’re counting on you. Wake up. There are real problems in the world. There are real, knowable facts in the world. Let’s accept those, and talk about how we might approach our problems differently. Let’s move on from there.”
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Righteous Polka November 8, 2012 at 2:58 am

Thank you for this post! I hope we’ve proven to the world that the majority of Americans are not gun-toting, bible-thumping, misogynistic homophobes.


vanessa November 8, 2012 at 9:54 am



JosephineTomato November 10, 2012 at 3:45 am

Elizabeth, thank you so much for posting this.  I have to admit to more than a little election news burnout the week prior to Tuesday and since I had already voted, avoided any media relating to the election.  It took some one as far away as Australia to show me this, it made me cry.  I am grateful 🙂


Hayley November 10, 2012 at 4:26 am

Haha thank you!
I love pointing out how uninformed Republicans are when they say “I’m going to move to Canada/Australia if Obama wins.” They are so stuck in their own little conservative, losing world.


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