Wednesday, November 5, 2008

And the country marches on

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new president. This is probably one of the only political blogs you will ever read from me, because I really just don't usually go there. I'm a middle child and don't like to take sides. In fact, I was torn and didn't even vote in this election. I know.....I said I know.
Both Emily and Damien voted in a mock election at school. Admittedly, neither knew much about either candidate. Emily said she voted for McCain just because and Damien said he voted for the "O" one.
Emily and I got a chance to talk a bit more about it on the way to my class last night. She told me that this was an historic election because "either way, it'll be something that never happened before, either we'll have an african american president or a female vice president". I agree, definitely a landmark election.
Here in California we also had a very controversial bill to vote on, Prop 8. There were sign wavers everywhere. Emily said she didn't know what it was, but some kids came up to her in school and told her not to worry about what it's about, just vote Yes.
I explained that it was a bill to make it illegal for men to marry other men or women to marry other women, and that right now that's only legal in 2 out of the 50 states. She said that she didn't really understand why they would want to, but that we shouldn't make it illegal if that's what they choose. THEN she went on to tell me that not very long ago, people weren't allowed to be married if they had different colored skin, and that that made a lot of people upset, but now they can. Children are very wise.


Last count, I believe Prop 8 passed. I guess our society isn't ready yet.
I got home from dance just in time to watch Obama's speech. It made me cry and gave me hope. If our country can feel hope, we can move forward and we need to move forward.
God Bless America.

2 comments:

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Carolyn said...

I'm just watching from the Canadian sidelines, but I admit I shed a tear or two watching Obama on stage last night. It just felt like a very big moment.