The past few days have just been…. glorious.
First of all, election day, I had election day themed nails.
RED, WHITE, AND SPARKLES.
I blasted Born in the USA and Fight for Your Right to Party and glared at any car that touted bumper stickers which put down equal rights. I was wearing an all red white and blue outfit too. BECAUSE ELECTION DAY.
(Side note: Born in the USA isn’t a patriotic song. Please check the lyrics. DISPARITIES.)
The exact moment we heard President Obama got reelected, we happened to have FoxNews on because NBC had local TV on.
SO WE KNEW IT TO BE TRUE.
Anyway, the fallout from the election is best followed not in online news articles but in their comments sections. I’m sure your social media feeds have been direct insight into reactions to the election. My feeds have been surprisingly quiet with the occasional “RIP America” and “I’m moving to (insert paradoxically more liberal country here)”.
The rhetoric and attitudes in America need to change if we’re ever going to cross this “fiscal cliff,” if we’re ever going to make more gains toward social justice (although we made some huge gains for gay and women’s rights on Tuesday night! See: here, here, and here), if we’re ever actually going to move forward. We have to work together and calling each other childish names on the Internet, to each other’s faces, and in the media, is not going to get us there.
I couldn’t help but turn on President Obama’s stop in Madison, WI this morning with none other than Bruce freakin’ Springsteen.
Watching it streaming on my computer wasn’t like the real thing but it was PRETTY CLOSE.
There are a lot of important issues at stake here. I know my future will depend a lot on how this election will go. Recently, I’ve been pondering the idea of working as a pharmacist commissioned by the Federal government to work in public health. I care deeply for the health disparities in this country and I care when policies threaten to take choices away from individuals (namely, women).
That said, health is a right that should be protected and not at the discretion of who can profit from it. It’s not a privilege or something companies should withhold as a bargaining chip. It’s complicated and there’s no good solution, but we have to start with the basics. And it’s the right to healthcare.
I’ve got a lot of feels about this election and I hope you all are registered and have either already voted or are ready and excited to vote tomorrow. Check out your polling location and GET OUT THERE! I sent my absentee ballot into my swing state of Ohio a couple of weeks ago and it was such a treat to look at all the issues and candidates and take part in our wonderful democracy.
Like The Boss said, let’s carry the country forward to “a standard where nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.”
I didn’t watch the debate last night. I was out. So I thought, HEY! I should see what happened!
Nah, I’ll get on Tumblr. Which might kill two birds with one stone.
FIRST I GIVE YOU, the Paul Ryan/Joe Biden Mean Girls parody.
I have no idea why they’re so close. Maybe they’re sniffing each other. Or it’s photoshopped.
The longing stare:
I want candlelight and homemade pasta photoshopped in front of them STAT.
This one is my favorite. These are always the best. THE RYDEN FACE SWAP.
Okay but seriously I want to catch up on that. Was it worth it? Yes/no? Should I just go back to looking at cat pictures? I’ve heard it was a little more exciting than the first presidential debate, so that’s promising. At the top of my wishlist is Paul Ryan doing some Insanity workouts on camera and I just don’t think that’s going to happen.
THOSE SHORTS. HAHAHAHA.
I just was checking Facebook and saw that President Obama is doing an AMA on Reddit. What does that mean? WELL.
First I have to show you the confirmation picture. And that the Reddit moderators and administrators confirmed with the Oval Office that it is actually the President doing it. Because oh-em-gee this is awesome.
A Reddit AMA–or Ask Me Anything–is exactly what it sounds like: people will go on and let other users ask them whatever they want. A lot of the time the AMA “hosts” are celebrities that people on Reddit (which is a forum-like place where people post pictures/stories) want to talk to. For the President to even remotely know what Reddit is is AMAZING. I would link to the actual AMA page, but I can’t be held accountable for the thousands of posts there and what they might say. Here are some highlights:
“I am recent law school graduate. Despite graduating from a top school, I find myself unemployed with a large student loan debt burden. … We worked for you, we campaigned for you, and we turned out in record numbers to vote for you. What can I say to encourage those in similar situations as I am to show up again in November? What hope can you offer us for your second term?” – hmlee
ugh for student debt, social issues, education issues, and economic recession, a lot of people on Reddit still care about space. hold off on space for a bit.
“Mr. President – What issues, if any, do you agree with Mitt Romney that are not commonly endorsed by the majority of the Democratic Party? – neonsnow”
Oooo! I like this. Honestly the rest of the questions seem pretty small time. I really could care less about legalizing certain, uhm, substances. And the TSA. I know that they’re awful but I don’t travel, ever. I just don’t. There are bigger issues at hand! THE ECONOMY, FOR ONE.
Okay I better stop looking at these questions. Anyway, I’ll be super excited to see how all of this goes later tonight! And I will see all of you on the flip side, hopefully with a vlog!!