Monday, November 10, 2008

Post election breakdown

Been almost a week
since I stood in line to vote
for like three minutes.

One thing I like about where I live is that I never have to wait in line to vote. I see these lines that people need to stand in for hours, yet I know that my polling place is usually pretty empty. This year was the longest I had to wait. But I waited after I received my ballot for a little place to actually mark the ballot. That was it. I guess if I lived anywhere else I would vote absentee. But how do you get the little sticker?

I think the decision that will change me the most is the school board outcome. As of December, the board majority will begin to hold the Superintendant accountable for his actions. I will be surprised if he doesn't resign by the end of the school year. However, word of that win brough worse news from the state budget, so I don't expect to receive any time of change in salary or health care. Things are going to get worse before they get better.

For president, I would just like to say to my students a few years ago - "I told you." We were looking at newspaper for some reason, and there was a picture of Obama doing something. I told them that he was going to be the next president. I remember it because I told them that he was black, but in the black and white photo he actually looked quite pale. So yeah, I'm a prophet. And no, I didn't say that about every person I saw in the newspaper.

I'm going to try to hold onto this Hope thing as long as I can. Can Obama actually change things? I don't have a great deal of confidence in an all democratic majority, and I choose to remain skeptical. But I'm willing to see what's he's got. If nothing else, he will likely get to choose at least one Supreme Court Justice who will legislate from the bench be more liberal ("Legislate from the bench" - what a fucking retarded phrase).

So what about Prop 8? So here's how the story will go. The lawsuits have already started up again. No surprise. They will continue on up to the Supreme Court in a few years. The Supreme Court will have to decide whether a ban on gay marriage in Consitutional or not. Looking at the version of the Constitution I know, it will prove not to be Constitutional. That's why George W. wanted an Amendment to ban gay marriage, because he knew that any law would be so.

How do I KNOW it will happen this way? Because I know my freakin' history. The tyranny of the majority has spoken, and now someone else has to get it right.

But with all that, I think this picture sums it up better than anything else.

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