The Real America

As clearly as the economic meltdown heralds the death of Reaganism, the election of Obama marks a turning point in the culture wars. The social conservatives have had their aberrational 8-year last gasp. The real America is moving on.

And the real America is what you see in the video below (via SLOG), taken during the spontaneous street party that erupted on election night in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

In the real America, cynical hipsters give irony a rest and earnestly celebrate an event that makes them proud of their country. In the real America it’s perfectly fine for a heartfelt Star Spangled Banner sing-a-long to be led by a drag queen.

For the past eight years, people in the real America have been crushed with the reality of our country’s spitefully intolerant and disastrously incompetent leadership. And on election night, these real Americans experienced a cathartic release at the prospect of change.

5 Responses to “The Real America”

  1. JesseJB

    Nothing like that would ever happen in the streets of Palin’s idea of Real America.

  2. joshuadf

    I would love to agree, but I’ve lived in the rural South as well as Portland and Seattle, so I know that good or bad both are the Real America. As Larry Lessig said about Prop 8: Let us spend a year talking to people who disagree with us. Let us win this battle by persuading the other side.”

  3. John of Humdinger

    “For the past eight years, people in the real America have been crushed with the reality of our country‚Äôs spitefully intolerant and disastrously incompetent leadership. And on election night, these real Americans experienced a cathartic release at the prospect of change.”

    Yeah. I guess that would explain how prop 8 passed in an ultra liberal state.
    Oops, I forgot. Intolerance? Its all Bush’s fault.

  4. dan bertolet

    JDF, I wasn’t trying to say that liberal urban America is the only real America. Just reacting to how for years the right wing spinsters have pushed their bogus myth of “real America” e.g. JesseJB’s comment.

    JOH, prop 8 is a temporary setback. We all know the direction things have been moving, and will continue to move in the long term. No, Bush didn’t invent intolerance. But he stoked it relentlessly to get elected and to push his political agenda.

  5. Dan Staley

    Bush was merely the point man for BushCo klepto-capitalism. The men behind the curtain pulled the levers, including the ‘wedge politics’ and ‘culture wars’ levers.

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