President Obama has left us with a very important, lasting legacy: The ideology that when they go low, we go high. Those weren’t just words for an election; they are a rallying cry that we need to put into place always. Not just for the next two years until the mid-term elections. Not just for the next four years as we endure the new administration. Not just in politics.
We need to keep going high.
We need to keep facing racism and homophobia and antisemitism and misogyny and… well… this list is frighteningly long. But we need to keep facing these lows and going high.
Our family will not be going anywhere. We will be staying right here and continuing to fight the good fight so that we can actually keep America great since it’s pretty damn good as is.
Though, of course, there are plenty of places beyond the isms that we can fix.
Two years from now:
- There are at least 33 Senate seats up for election.
- There are at least 435 House seats up for election.
- There are at least 36 governorships up for election.
Rather than joke about moving, stay and help love trump hate by getting out the vote in those elections.
Week ago, my father slipped a Madam President magnet on my refrigerator, and it has been making me smile every time I made dinner. Looking at it this morning made my heart hurt, but I’m not taking it down. Clinton may not be our first woman president, but she — like Susan B Anthony and Shirley Chisholm — is a stepping stone toward that goal of assuring our daughters that they really can be anything.
So I’m leaving it up. She’s staying.