If you’re reading this now, on a day when computers are usually left off to spend time with family and close friends, it means that you needed your internet and/or politics fix.   Since it’s Thanksgiving, let me tell you (besides my health, family, and friends) what I’m thankful for:

1.  Four more years for President Obama, despite the obstruction, the lies, the voter suppression tactics, the hatred.  Four more years to continue taking our country in the right correct direction: forward.

2.  Mitch McConnell not getting his wish (and #1 priority) for a one-term Obama presidency.  Instead, President Obama trounced Romney, and the Democrats gained 2 seats in the Senate.

3.  Romnesia:  I’m not only grateful that Romney had it during the debates, but that now I’m suffering from the 2nd type of this condition.

4.  The birthers and The Donald The Birthiot being finally silenced (at least on the issue of the birth certificate).

5.  Allen West’s, Todd Akin’s, and Richard Mourdock’s losses.  Maybe this is a sign that we’re starting to clean House (and Senate).  In upcoming elections, we need to get rid of at least another 5 GOP jackasses in the elephant party.

6.  Karl Rove’s Fox Freak-Out  and his fall from [big-GOP-donor] grace.  But I’m still hoping that he’ll rove into irrelevance and that we’ll never have to hear from him again.

7.  Voters in Florida, “The Messed-Up State,”  who showed Governor Scott that they would not be silenced and who decidedly turned the state blue, avoiding a 2000 election redux.

8.  The war on women being won by voters with vaginas and that their votes resulted in Gallup’s largest gender gap (20 points) since 1952, when it was first tracked.

9.  My country becoming less racist, less homophobic, more tolerant and more open-minded.  It has taken time, and we still have a long way to go, but I’m happy and grateful to be witnessing its evolution.

10. Finally, I’m thankful that I have the good fortune to live in a time that allows me to share information and exchange opinions with like-minded souls, instantly, no matter what distance separates us.  I’m thankful that, through my writing, I connected with hundreds of President Obama supporters and I hope that in my own small way I contributed to his re-election.

We are living in truly special times where scientific and technological advances allow us to do things that we never even dreamed of.  Today, on Thanksgiving Day 2012, I pray that we will use this knowledge to do good, to bring us closer to each other, to save our planet and our humanity.  It’s a lot, but we can do it.  Yes, we can.