No politician is perfect. Obama is doing the best he can under the circumstances, I believe. I am personally very pleased, and absolutely shocked, that he won re-election.
I was worried sick about the rights of so many had Romney won the election and appointed ultra conservative justices to the Supreme Court. We may not have moved ahead much, but at least we did not fall back into the dark ages. As a woman who thought the feminist battles were over and done with - who lived through the sixties and marched for basic rights, I was appalled at what conservative politicians were saying. Why can we not, as human beings, simply wish that all other human beings share in the freedom that we experience. Why do we always begrudge the next group their rights?
At one time I was a member of a minority party. But I realized a long time ago that in order not to elect the worst of the bunch, compromise is sometimes necessary. Even when unpalatable. Yes, I am greener and more liberal than the democrats, but I fear the republicans enough to throw in my lot with someone who can actually win an election. I know that sounds cynical, and perhaps it is, but I am, in my old age, a realist. I see what is. Not what I want to be. Maybe in some beautiful, perfect future, good will always win. But I am not living in that perfect place. I am living in the real world and I will make the compromises necessary to help keep the worst of the worst, out of power.
Until the majority of people really want to live in a society of equality, where no one is homeless or hungry or afraid, we will have to do what we can to keep the beast at bay. In my case that means volunteering all the time possible and giving what little I can to actually feed the hungry and it also means compromising to get the an Obama elected. Does anyone realistically think that a green party candidate will ever be elected to high office? I thought so when I was young and idealistic. No more. Now I do what I can personally and choose electable candidates who are at least humane in some respects. I do not care what they are 'really' like. I care what their agendas are and what their platforms say and I can tell you for sure that the republican platform was terrifying.
So, all in all, I am happy with the election results. And, of course I am happy about the election of so many women. This is another battle that has had to be fought for far too long. And I am happy that California, my home state, has chosen to tax itself for the betterment of all. This is a good thing. Yes, we lost a lot of the battles, but we did not lose the war. Yet.