Barring voter suppression of ridiculous proportions, Barack Obama will become President-elect tonight. So to all his fellow supporters, I offer this piece of advice:
Don’t fuck this up.
There’s no time for celebrating, reflecting, or gloating. We need to get to work.
If you’re employed, continue to do good work, spend some of your money, and invest the rest. If you’re a student, study what you’re interested in and volunteer some of your free time. If you’re too young to vote, stay in school and try not to make babies.
If you’re poor, tell us what you need. We want to help. If you’re middle-class, keep doing what you’re doing. You’ll pull us out of recession. If you’re rich, get out your fucking wallet. Access to United States capitalism now costs money, and if you think you can make the same returns without it, then go ahead and try.
But to any supporter who spends time reveling in this victory instead of contemplating their role in this opportunity: Go screw yourself. Seriously. This is where the hard part begins, not ends.