The election is over and President Barack Obama, thankfully, won in resounding fashion (51 percent and 332 electoral votes).

Other notable results include Tammy Baldwin being elected the first woman senator from Wisconsin, beating Republican Tommy Thompson. She will also be the first openly gay U.S. senator. Elizabeth Warren defeated Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race and Arizona elected an openly bisexual woman, Kyrsten Sinema, to Congress.

Maryland, Maine and Washington states approved same-sex marriage. Minnesota defeated a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, while Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use. These results signal a fundamental shift, for the better, in the U.S. electorate.

On the losing end (again, thankfully), were the various religious fundamentalist groups that held the opinion that Mitt Romney would win because they “prayed” to their “god” for Obama to be defeated. Fanatical far-right billionaires dumped hundreds of millions of dollars into GOP coffers in the hope to defeat Obama, only to come up empty.

Todd Akins and Richard Mourdock (of women-can-shut-that-down, and rape-is-God’s-will fame, respectively) were defeated. Apparently, a god and money can’t stand up to secular progressivism and common-sense morality. Theocracy, corporatocracy and unfettered capitalism have been repudiated.

Scarcely mentioned during the campaign was the prospect for new justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. With the president being re-elected, the country can be assured of fair-minded nominations to the court should the need arise. This is in stark contrast to the hard-line right-wing ideologues that would no doubt have been nominated had Romney won, given that Romney stated he would appoint Robert Bork as the head of his judicial advisory team.

Another important aspect of this election is that the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” will be implemented in full. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, the U.S. will move to a single-payer health-care system like the rest of the modern industrialized countries.

This election is a mandate for equal rights, the rights of individuals (especially women), immigration reform and progressive governance. Even those with religious affiliations rejected the message of hate and bigotry espoused by the far-right fundamental religious groups and a clear majority rejected the GOP’s regressive and oppressive policies of catering to the 1 percent and depriving the middle class of dignity and a means to prosper.

If this letter sounds like I am gloating, it is only because I am. After four years of constant attacks on, and lies about, President Obama, I am very happy that the right-wing factions in this country got their collective derrieres handed to them.

Michael Polito