This election seemed like a turning point to me, and was the start of many new beginnings. Many have focused on the issues that were up for vote in this past election, and those resolutions which passed such as legalizing marijuana in two states. But what about the faces of politics itself? One can question whether representatives in office have become just figure heads at this point, or whether they still have true power but one thing is for certain: these faces are changing. This past election was a success story in the fight for gender, sexual orientation, and disability equality in government. We had a record number of women elected to office, including the first openly gay senator and an Iraq War Veteran who is a double amputee. Even at a state level, this election saw the election of the first ever openly transgender individual to a statewide office.
The tides are shifting in respect to who citizens what to represent them, and it seems they are shifting in a progressive direction which matches many other industrialized nations. We as a nation have stood stagnant for far too long, represented only by rich white men, so I for one welcome this change. I also wonder, what else do we have in store for the face of politics moving forward? What do you think?