Bright Spots from the Election

Exit polls show the detestable and unconscionable Proposition 8 will win by a close margin in California, largely thanks to bigoted African-American women. I have some African ancestry in my multiculti mix and am proud of all of it, but have never and do not identify myself thusly because, one, it would be inaccurate and two, frankly, I don’t believe in the concept of race. (Well, the Tour de France is cool.) I am a human being and a world citizen — period. That said, if I were one to go along with the unfathomable thinking of the majority and employ the hyphenate, I would drop that designation today and henceforth. How sad that in the same election when the nation took a massive step toward righting infinite wrongs by voting for the better candidate regardless of his skin color that a historically oppressed demographic would vote 70 percent to 30 percent to enshrine hate and bigotry against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people into law. They should all feel ashamed.

Yes, I am devastated by marriage-equality losses in the Hate States of Arizona, Florida and California. Profoundly so. And I am waging nonviolent war on all anti-GLBT states. (See the Dixie Chicks vid in the sidebar — I’m so not ready to make nice.) But now it’s time to talk about positive outcomes from yesterday’s US balloting.

Animal rights measures passed in hateful California and in justice-loving Massachusetts. That is fantastic news. Half of the voters in Cali may despise gays, but at least they can muster compassion for farm creatures.

In Colorado, another hate state, voters thankfully rejected a measure that would have restricted reproductive rights. 

There is great news for liberty lovers: Michigan, another state where hate reigns, chose to vote for compassion, becoming the 13th state to legalize medical marijuana. Meanwhile, Massachusetts passed a measure decriminalizing possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. (I am seriously thinking Massachusetts is the place to go; my family loves Boston.)

Washington state citizens also supported the notions of compassion and freedom. A right-to-die citizen initiative was passed that allows adults with six months or less to live to choose physician-assisted suicide with no threat of legal repercussion for patient or doctor. (Health-care personnel are not mandated to go along with such requests.)

In Nebraska, voters okayed a measure banning the state government from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to people based on race, ethnicity, color, sex or national origin. (What? No sexual orientation or gender expression? Oh right — the Cornhusker State, another bastion of American hatred, bans marriage equality under its constitution too.)

And South Carolina, yet another hate state, took a step toward protecting teens by changing its age of consent from 14 to 16. As the mother of two and grandmother of one, I think that is good news.

Oh yeah, and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won the presidency and won it decisively. What a damned shame that I can’t enjoy it. But it is historic and important and a great message to all young people: If you want, kids, you can be president someday. Well, unless you’re gay.

Ah well, enjoy his speech. Good luck and godspeed to the new First Family, a definite bright spot.

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4 responses to “Bright Spots from the Election

  1. true enough… there were many losses…. there were some wins too… then of course, there’s the huge gain….

    holy crap, america actually voted the smart guy into office… wow

    one love,
    –reverend manny and the twilight empire

  2. btw, have you seen this?
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/galleries/the_world_celebrates_obama/the_world_celebrates_obama.html

    just beautiful to actually see an american leader received in this way… if only for a moment

  3. Yeah, how about that. Too bad I’m too devastated to enjoy it.

  4. That is a great article, Rev… True, it’s only for a moment. But what a moment.

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