I’m a bit of a political junkie so yesterday was a big day. Control of the U.S. Senate, all of the seats in the House, three dozen gubernatorial races, and countless local political races all hung in the balance last night as votes were counted well into the night. Some of the results made me happy, but many were disappointing as they represented the deep divide in our country and knee-jerk backlash from ideologues. At least that’s my opinion 🙂
When I woke up in my home state of Texas to find that our first opportunity to elect a new governor in fourteen years only brought more of the same, I have to admit I felt defeated, depressed, and I spent a minute wondering why we even bother to trying to make a difference.
Signing onto Facebook didn’t help since it was riddled with posts from folks saying they can’t wait to get out of this state and move somewhere more progressive, where they can be themselves and be protected in their jobs and their relationships. But if we all left, then what? Why should we cede our homes, our roots, our heritage to our adversaries? What would happen to all the progress we have made – and we have made tons of progress – if we abandon ship?
I heard on NPR yesterday that almost every second term, mid-term election is won by the party not currently in power. If that’s the case, then what happened last night was to be expected, no matter how disappointing. But disappointment and depression doesn’t move us forward, so it’s time to dust those feelings off and act. I spend my days writing my way toward happy endings because I believe in them, so I’ll stay right here, deep in the heart of Texas, and keep working on the happy endings we all deserve. One vote at a time.