…here are my thoughts on the US election.
1. The Civil War is finally over. Not only has a black man been elected president by a dramatic margin in a turnout of historic proportions, but he carried at least two, possibly three, states that once belonged to the Confederacy, including Virginia. That’s huge. I think the Nixonian “southern strategy” yields at last to Howard Dean’s “50 state strategy.” If you go to people and talk to them like people, who knows, they might just vote for you.
2. This was my son’s first time voting in a general election. So I hold him personally responsible. Also my daughter, who did great volunteer work though she’s too young to vote. With irresponsible young people like these among the rising generation, what lies in store for our nation and our world? Can’t wait to see, personally.
3. Both candidates gave good speeches last night. I felt sorry for McCain at several points during his: he looked like Victor Frankenstein confronting the monster he’d made and realizing maybe it wasn’t so pretty after all. Indeed, Obama’s best argument has always been the people who were vociferously against him. (Someone on my flist was seriously asserting this morning that Obama voters would be punished by God, in this life or the next. But I’m pretty sure God does not hire out as a legbreaker for any political party.) McCain himself tried his hardest to do the right thing at the end, though, and it was impossible not to respect him for it.
Obama’s speech was superb on every level. The meaningful, important parts of his speech will be analyzed and cherished by others. Because no one else cares, I feel compelled to note the calm, overwhelming crescendo of the anaphora, and the crypto-Latin he kept sneaking in (e pluribus unum; dum spiro, spero etc.). (Omnia meliora Latine.)
4. The sun still rises, no matter who or what won or lost. Life goes on.
V. VI VERI VNIVERSVM VIVVS VICI.
[edited to add the quasi-Fawkesian bit.]