Wednesday, November 5, 2008

History in the Making

I'm sure it's an overused phrase by now, but I'm still pretty much blown away by the turnout.

Results on election night, announcing that the first African-American has be elected President of the United States in a landslide victory. Pretty crazy, right?

I won't say too much about the election because I think all the hype leading up to it kind of drained me. I'm just happy he won. I voted for him.

This isn't to say I hated McCain. People seem to think so—normal, I suppose, when so many people are incredibly polarized in the situation. McCain's pretty cool, I just didn't want him as our president, simple as that. That's what we're voting for, right? His speech was pretty awesome, as was Obama's. They had an epic run, and I'm so happy to have been a part of it.

The first time I ever got involved in politics, and it was for something so epic :)

I'm also quite surprised with the propositions turnout in California.
I would've thought that Prop 8 wouldn't even come close to passing, after all the support I saw against it... guess not. I know I had a hard time with it, but at the last minute I changed my vote to a solid no: I personally believe marriage is a religious institution that exists on whatever grounds whichever religion sets for it. Being a Christian myself, that means "between a man and a woman" for me. But for me, a no on prop 8 means that it will recognize the rights of same-sex married couples. It itsn't forcing churches to marry gays if they don't want to, and it isn't forcing schools to teach it, because prop 8 mentioned nothing about education, which is dealt with on the city and district level anyway.

The ones I'm more disappointed about is the alternative energy props, which were behind last time I checked.
Are you kidding me, California?
At least prop 1A passed, that's an improvment (although it didn't pass by much). I've read too many articles by too many scientists proclaiming the urgency of the situation, we need to change the way we use energy under the next 25 years if we want to have any chance of saving the planet and saving ourselves. It may seem a bit ridiculous, but not if you look at the climing CO2 outputs by countries like us and China.
Normally I pride myself in arguing quite fairly, but allow me a bit of time to rant: Shame on you, California. I thought you'd recognize that the planet that provides us life at the most basic level is more important than your gas-guzzling Porsche over there. To me, the state of our ozone, which, by the way, protects us all from dying from the extremeties of outer space, is much more important than your damn cars, your damn car culture. I myself drive, and I drive a LOT. The way my schedule is set up wouldn't really have it any other way, I need my car to get from points A to B to C, FAST—but I hate it, I honestly do. If we had trains, I would switch over in a heartbeat. Good bye, freeways, the bane of my existence.

All right, that's the most political radicalness you'll get from me :P

School's hectic so far, so maybe not that much art til later. My sister gave me her camera, so I can take pictures of some school assignments and post that up.

Okay, everybody, take care.
Congratulations, Barack Obama.


Brent said...

I like how your frustration is focused on the energy props, whereas most people hone in on the first two issues. :P

I'm hearing a lot of frustration over 1A, actually. A lot of people say it's founded on unstable monies (bonds) which will delay construction indefinitely, and might not be as financial a boon as they made it out to be.

Whatever the case, it's cool, I'm excited. Haha.

Jordan said...

Yea, well... equal rights for gays won't matter if like, the planet turns on us, right? XD

I just kind of place my priorities on the bigger picture of things.

Lauren Ashley said...

If Prop 8 were to pass, and a church then refused to marry a gay couple because it was against their religion, there would be nothing to stop that couple from suing the church and accusing them of a hate crime.

It's an old proverb - if you're camping in the desert, your camel will put his nose in the tent. If you fail to push him out at that point, he will come in completely and refuse to move.

If we as christians continue to give little by little, we're going to be asked to give more and more - until being a Christian will be synonymous with being a biggot and thus outlawed.

That sounds worse case scenario, but it's where things are going. I've already witnessed it first hand.

Jordan said...

Lauren... if prop 8 didn't pass (remember, it passed, so now gay marriage is not recognized), and a gay couple sued a certain church for not marrying them, they wouldn't get anything out of it. Churches are still able to refuse, and if those gays didn't like it, then they can go to another church.

It was never about forcing the church or Christians to do anything, it was just all about whether or not such marriage will be recognized by the government.