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November 5th, 2008
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Things I'm Happy and Sad About in This Election
Besides the obvious and almost overwhelming happiness that our President Elect is Barack Obama.

Happy:

- That the win was decisive enough, both in popular vote and electoral college, that the Republican machine won't even try any post-election dirty tricks to get it overturned.

- That the reputation of the United States just went way up world-wide in one day.

- That Barack Obama truly was judged on the content of his character.

- That being smart, well-educated, and hard-working might again be considered positive attributes in a POTUS.

- That we may well see the end of United States sponsored torture.

- That the influence of the virulently homophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic Christian Right might actually be on the wane in this country.

- That the Democrats have majorities in both houses.

- That John McCain's disgraceful campaign tactics didn't work.

- That Elizabeth Dole's disgraceful campaign tactics didn't work.

- That McCain gave such a beautiful and gracious concession speech that showed he really still can be the great man he was before he lost his bearings.

- That the New York State Senate finally has a Democratic majority.

- That the next Supreme Court Justice (and possibly the next two or three or four Supreme Court Justices) will be nominated by someone who understands and respects Constitutional Law.

Sad:
- That it looks like Proposition 8 passed, depriving same-sex couples in California of legal recognition of their marriages. I feel particularly heartbroken for those in San Francisco who twice had legal recognition of their marriages snatched from them.

- That the wave of new Obama voters contributed to the result with Proposition 8, and that Obama's own opposition to legal recognition of same-sex marriage and his stated reason for his opposition encouraged bigotry and encouraged religious rationalization of bigotry.

- That McCain's supporters behaved in such an ugly fashion at his concession speech. I worry about people who really believed the lies the campaign told and how they will behave in the wake of this election.

- That John McCain, for whom I have had such respect and admiration over the years, sank so low in this campaign.

- That Al Franken lost in Minnesota.

- That it looks like a convicted felon may have won in Alaska.

- That expectations and hopes are so high at this moment that they will inevitably be dashed. I truly think Obama will be a great president, but he ascends at an extremely difficult time and he will necessarily accomplish less and the accomplishments will take longer than we all would wish.

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From:hominysnark
Date:November 5th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
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That the wave of new Obama voters contributed to the result with Proposition 8, and that Obama's own opposition to legal recognition of same-sex marriage and his stated reason for his opposition encouraged bigotry and encouraged religious rationalization of bigotry.

And yet, I got a robo-call last week (my only one, thankfully) from the Obama campaign, saying that Senator Obama and the NAACP were encouraging me to vote no on Amendment 2 (Florida's version of Prop 8.) Which makes me wonder why so many Obama supporters would actually want to write discrimination into their state constitutions.

I just don't get that.
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From:mofic
Date:November 5th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Well, I think Obama tried to do walk a very thin tight rope with this one. He opposes equal marriage rights and says he does so for *religious* reasons, without making any effort to separate his religious beliefs from civil rights for all. But he doesn't explain at all why his religious beliefs should be the deciding factor in this rights issue but not in the abortion one. And he emboldens those religiously opposed to equal rights to feel like that's a fine reason to deny their fellow citizens the rights they enjoy, but then says they shouldn't be doing so by constitutional amendment.
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From:talktooloose
Date:November 5th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
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The right to own slaves is protected in the Bible.
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From:mofic
Date:November 5th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm trying so hard not to be bitter. Obama's election is a wonderful result, and historic. And I don't even believe that Obama believes that we shouldn't have equal rights. I think he did what he felt he had to do, given the political climate.

Which is how he got us into the War on Mutants, too. Oops, did I just confuse reality and fiction? And my own fiction at that? Oh well, I have a migraine and I'm not thinking too clearly.

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From:barenakedrachel
Date:November 5th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
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I was just going to ask if you if you thought maybe Obama's stance against same-sex marriage was purely political.

Either way, it's sad... Maybe a catch-22 for him? If he had been even just an ounce more liberal, would he have won? It feels like this is the "price we have to pay" for him to have won the general election - that we can't ask for "too much" at once. I don't know.

I was shocked that the ban passed in California. Really, I was. Maybe I'm naive, but I thought for SURE that California would step up to the plate with that issue.

Dumb question, but now that this is part of California's constitution, is it forever law? Irreversible? :(

And I, too, used to think well of McCain until his campaign totally turned me off to him (still would have voted Democrat, but I at least thought he was more than just OK). It seemed to me like he turned into a puppet on strings and developed a temper. But then his old self came out again in his concession speech and it almost seemed to me, almost, as though he felt relieved. Perhaps that was in my head.

Best wishes with the migraine!
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From:mofic
Date:November 5th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
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The ironic thing is that the California vote was close enough that without the extra turnout from people excited about Obama it probably would not have passed.

I don't for a minute believe that his objections are religious. This is a man who is a professor of Constitutional Law and understands and supports separation of church and state. He totally said that for political expedience. And I think he really believed he had to, and he certainly has proven himself to be a shrewd politician. I say that *admiringly* - it takes a lot more than smarts and charisma to get things done and he's shown he can get things done brilliantly. But it does make me sad, and as I said, I'm trying not to be bitter about it. I even forgive him for the War on Mutants :-).

On the state constitution issue - California's constitution is amended by referendum and it could, conceivably, be amended again. I don't think it will any time soon, though. I think this will likely be resolved at the federal level before that happens. And it's particularly sad because the California Supreme Court decision was so beautifully thought out and written.

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