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.