By Tim Wise
It was a defeat for the crazed mobs ever-present at McCain/Palin rallies, what with their venomous libels against Obama, their hate-addled brains spewing forth one after another racist and religiously chauvinistic calumny upon his head and those of his supporters.
It was a defeat for the internet rumor-pimps who insisted to all they could reach with a functioning e-mail address that Obama was not really a citizen. Or perhaps he was, but he was a Muslim, or perhaps not a Muslim, but probably a black supremacist, or maybe not that either, but surely the anti-christ, and most definitely a baby-killer.
It was a defeat for those who believed McCain and Palin would be delivered the victory by the hand of almighty God, because their theological and eschatological vacuity so regularly gets in the way of their ability to think. As such, it was a setback for the religious fascists in the far-right Christian community whose belief that God is on their side has always made them especially dangerous. Now, having lost, perhaps at least some of these will be forced to ponder what went wrong. If we’re lucky, perhaps some will suffer the kind of crisis of faith that often prefaces a complete nervous breakdown. Either way, it’s nice just to ruin their Young-Earth-Creationist-I-Have-an-Angel-on-My-Shoulder day.
This election answered the question of who's a "real" American. The answer: those of us who voted for Obama. We're the majority, so we define who and what Americans are. If we say it's Jeremiah Wright, "socialists," homosexuals, Muslims, or Indians, then it is by definition.
If those of you in the minority don't like it, get the hell out of our country. Start your own country on a desert island somewhere. You can call it "America" and exclude whomever you want. But stop trying to divide and conquer our America with your racist, xenophobic poison.
For more on the subject, see The 2008 Presidential Campaign.
Below: Some real Americans:
And a message from someone who doesn't deserve to be an American. (I'll bet big money that this person was a McCain/Palin supporter.)