First off let me say that I am so proud of the people in my adopted state.
The projection was that 80% or more of registered voters in PA would cast a ballot in this year's election.....that would be over 6 million voters.
Most years you can count on about 53% of voters to actually go to the polls. We broke records for participation here in PA.
80%....that's got to be a record turn out for here.
It says that when push comes to shove that Americans are still part of the process.
I have NEVER waited 1.5 hours in line to vote before!!!
While it was a damned nuisance I was so glad to see the level of interest among my fellow citizens.
No disgraceful outbursts at my polling place.
We kept it classy here in my county.
My daughter got into line to vote right before 8 pm after she got out of school last night. In PA if you are in line before the polls close then you are still allowed to vote no matter how long it takes you to mark that ballot.
She got home after 10 pm.....over a 2 hour wait!
I suspect that in our county the percentage of votes cast was closer to 90% of all registered voters.
And who would have thunk my state would become a battleground state and be so close in the vote split?!?
But then again, I am not surprised.
PA is often called liberal on the ends(Pittsburgh and Philly)with Kentucky in the middle. PA is a red state with islands of blue in urban areas.
This is much like what American looks like politically.....island of blue on both coasts and inside the Beltway and a sea of red in the middle. I guess my state is more of a microcosm of the country than folks like to recognize.
What I also loved about last night was the media elite with their mouths hanging open as the results rolled over them.
Talk about clueless!
These people claim to have a hand on the pulse of America.
Now the sore losers online start their mudslinging and name calling on anybody who didn't agree with their choice of candidate.
It's disheartening to see supposed friends of mine call me names like fuckhead, moron and asshole.
Yes because I didn't vote for HRC my "friends" have said this about me personally on their feeds.
I guess in their disappointment and anger it's impossible to remain classy.....or even civil.
My despair is palpable.
But all I have to say to them is this.....
You brought it on yourselves by nominating one of the most openly corrupt, elitist, insider, "bought and paid by corporate American", warmongering candidates. We were right to reject her. You were wrong to embrace her. Own it.
Evidently America had a Howard Beale moment yesterday......
And let's move on.
Let the healing begin.
We are the change we want to see in the world.
God Bless America.