It's a day of firsts, leading to much celebration in my household and around the country. The first Socialist Senator in U.S history---Bernie Sanders-- was elected yesterday, and another state elected its first Asian-American state rep. The first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, will take the helm of the House of Representatives on January 4th. The first Muslim Senator in U.S. history was also swept into office, and he is also the first non-white federal representative from Minnesota in that state's history. Massachusetts also elected its first African-American governor---Deval Patrick---who is also only the 2nd African-American governor in the history of our country, and the first elected to office in 20 years.
There are many more firsts to recount, but my aim here is not to be a political pundit---there are plenty of talented bloggers for that. Rather, my aim is simply to express my hope and optimism for a movement towards more humanism, more inclusivity, and long overdue diversity of leadership in government.
Despite my deeply ingrained cynicism about politics in general, I am allowing myself an experience of joy today, tempered by realism and the knowledge that power, although often used for the good, is also seeded with the potential for corruption. For now, my cynicism is overidden by celebration, and I allow hope to fill my heart.