I convinced a handful of people to boycott the election with me. We celebrated at Art Bar and stonefly, surrounded by hipsters who, like their suburban counterparts only think about political action once every four years and then think about it as an excuse to go out drinking. That's milwaukee though, if something isn't an excuse to go out drinking then it just isn't done.
There were televisions, and i watched them. They made me angry. Barak's acceptance speech said: "this isn't the change we want to see, this is the opportunity for us to make the change. There's a lot of work ahead." 5 minutes later the TV people were saying "Obama was very modest, i think THIS IS the change america has been waiting to see!" which of course implies that the actual substantive change is undesired. The disengagement of the american populace started an hour after the election was decided. Five minutes before Obama's speech the TV people said "america has proven to the world that we CAN do great things and make history!" No. When Nelson Mendala became president of South Africa, that was historic. In america, we shot all our Mendala's and then elected a minority decades later. That's not exactly historical.
There was bar trivia, and one of the teams that won called themselves: "this is a mandate for socialism" Really? the election of someone who shies away from that word is a mandate for it? how's that exactly? between now and january the american left is going to beleive that everything will be solved as soon as obama walks into the white house. 100 days later, the american left is going to be sorely disappointed, and will give up. That is, if Obama isn't shot.
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