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We dodged a bullet in 2008. We dodged a missile in 2012. Now, America has nowhere to go but up.

If Mitt Romney had pulled out a victory last Tuesday, not only would that have meant the end of our economy and the beginning of more endless wars, it would have validated bigotry and divisiveness as a winning strategy. A Romney victory would have validated the idea that lying and cheating all the way to the highest office in the land is okay; that lying and cheating to get anything you want is okay. That would have been a horrible lesson to bequeath to future generations of Americans.

Thankfully, more than 60 million Americans turned out to beat back the forces of destruction. So many stood in line for hours and hours and hours in unfavorable weather to cast their votes for President Obama - IMHO, a heroic act. But, this election never should have been close. I wonder how many votes Obama lost to GOP voter suppression efforts. And unfortunately, nearly 60 million willingly cast their votes for a pathological liar, who was trying to sell Americans more economic snake oil. To see the stunned looks on the faces of Romney's supporters when they realized defeat, is, in a word - delicious. I feel nothing for them. They endorsed horrible leaders who basically wanted to screw me, my family, my friends, and all the rest of us who don't believe what they do. They wanted to take away our right to vote. Our rights to our own bodies. Our right to determine whom we love and whom we wish to marry. Our right to a life lived with dignity, and not total impoverishment. It is they - right wing demagogues - who want to take away our freedoms. And we - the majority of the people - did not let them. And we will continue to stop them, because we must.

President Obama deserved this victory. The Democrats who rode his coattails deserved their victory. Everyone who opened their wallets and worked their butts off, knocking on doors and making thousands of phone calls, deserves a million thanks. I feel more optimistic about my country than I have in a long time. We did this, and I look forward to peace and prosperity for four more years and beyond.  

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