I must admit, I’m pleased President Obama has been elected to a second term.

Many believed this election would be a referendum on Obama and his efforts to stimulate the economy. All the media mainly focused on was the numbers: unemployment, jobs, and debt. All important but, none all-important. Follow me?

Now it seems the Americans who represented those numbers surprised the pundits and prognosticators by showing up for something more than what’s in their wallet. They showed up for the future.

Voters have elected the nations first biracial president for a second time, while also voting expanding rights in four different states that I know of. Maine and Maryland struck huge blows for marriage equality, voting to legalize same sex marriage. Washington, D.C. already legalized same sex marriage for its citizens but Washington state makes the list along with Colorado for legalizing Marijuana for recreational use.

It should also be noted that Minnesota voted down their Amendment 1, like the one we had here in North Carolina which sought to limit marriage to one man and one woman.

Things are opening up out west in terms of basing drug laws on hard science and not…well…NOTHING. The north-east continues to become more inclusive and accepting of the truth that ideal marriage is between loving adults. And the south…

The American south seems to be right where it has been since before I was born. Mired in religious roots that don’t serve the times they’re found in and- like other rural areas on the whole- lacking in the education and diversity which pulls that wool from over peoples eyes.

Yet, despite the darkness that I see much of region (consider discussions in Alabama around poll taxes and segregation in schools) I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now. Here is where I can make a difference.

Access to mobility throughout the country lessens investment in your current location. When you know you can leave, you care a little less about what happens where you are because you can go somewhere you perceive as being right for you. Working to change the place you’re in is much harder but I would argue more satisfying. North Carolina seems on track to remaining a backward state, rife with citizens who are clinging to outmoded beliefs and ideas. I can either move, wait for them to die, or I can get to work.

What good will it do if all the forward thinking, educated citizens continue to balkanize? We can’t maintain a United States by continually dividing. Besides, why move to another state and end up embroiled in their regional politics when I haven’t even tried to fix my own?

Well I’m not moving. And the old mindset is not dying (not fast enough at least). So it looks like it’s time to punch the clock, instead of the one who voted for the other guy. It might not feel as good now, but the pay off will be worth it. Look how far we’ve already come.

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