Yeah, I know. And you can hate me too. I actually voted for the guy. You want a defense? I'd actually try if you're interested, but I don't need to waste time if you'll chalk it up to me being a betrayer of liberty. Fact is that's exactly what I was yesterday. I soothed the state. But there--I've admitted it and now I'd like to move on to my main point, politician-style.
Reach out to the sad. Find out why.
Talk to the ecstatic. Find out why.
This is very simple. But you see, election or no election, our first responsibility is to politically explore our fellows. Actually talk--not on the Internet, or not only--but actually talk to the disgruntled co-worker who rolls her eyes at all the "I Voted" stickers. She has her reasons, unless she actually is an idiot like the voterprop tells us to expect. Apathy can be easy, but principled avoidance is another thing. There's fucking wisdom there, even if you won't or can't share it.
In short, Obama won because a whole bunch of people said so. We can debate the particulars, we can say this is good or this is bad. But the fact is that from Bush to Obama to whoever the citizenry (or a portion of them) selects or ratifies of whatever, the most I want to see from us critics is a shrug, because the people are still the only hope for those who would limit or push back or reinvent or extinguish or kill the state.