NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS Walter Cronkite, Nov. 4, 92 yrs. Mason Troupe, Nov. 4, 18 yrs Joe Davison, Nov. 14, 33 yrs. Jake Tipton, Nov. 17, 18 yrs. ED Tucker, Nov. 20, 42 yrs. John Lewis, Nov. 21, 54 yrs. Forrest J Ackerman, Nov. 24, 92 yrs. David "The Rock" Nelson, Nov. 27, 52 yrs.
Long-time readers of this website will recall many references I've made to a question brought up in the earliest years of the post-civil rights movement: Would a black man or a white woman be the first "minority" to break the glass ceiling of Presidential election? (Interestingly, a black woman was not considered a realistic possibility in our lifetimes.)
Today, 40 years after Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, and my peers and I discussed this topic ad nauseum in high school social studies classes, we finally have our answer.
Barack Hussein Obama, Senator from Illinois, has been elected the 44th President of the United States of America, and did so by a substantial margin over rival John McCain, the Senator from Arizona.
I consider myself lucky to have lived during a time of such social and technological revolution as we've seen since the 1960s. I've witnessed some amazing things, and there are relatively few big mysteries left unresolved. Now, one more has been laid to rest.
Congratulations, Senator Obama, and best of luck with what faces you now. You're going to need it.
Well....most mysteries have been laid to rest. I've yet to divine the answer to the extreme threat that gay marriage poses for so many people, but whatever.
Florida's "Amendment 2", or the Definition of Marriage as a legal union between "One Man and One Woman", has successfully passed. I'm sure everyone can sleep more soundly knowing this is in place now.
Hmmm....now I guess I need to start a new question: regardless of gender or race, who will be the first to break another "minority" glass ceiling for President -- an openly gay candidate, or an atheist? Or...a gay atheist?
It's 10:00am, Tuesday, November 4th, Election Day as I'm writing this. I got back from voting a couple hours ago. Due to schedule concerns, I won't be able to update this section until morning, and by that time, a new president will have been elected. I feel all giddy inside.
Went pretty well. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect morning to wait in line to cast my ballot. Overcast sky, cool, slight breeze.
Got there about 6:50am. My precinct is only a couple blocks from my house, so transportation was never an issue, I walked (I always do). The line was already wrapped partway around the building. When the polls opened at 7:00am, the line moved pretty swiftly inside. I have to suspect the record turn-out for early voting was probably responsible for easing this process somewhat.
Now that it's all said and done, though, I have to say, I'm not a fan of the new voting method being used in Hillsborough County this year. They give you two big sheets of thick paper with all the voting items on them and each item has a little oval shape next to it. With either a #2 pencil, or a small marker (whatever they give you), you color in the little ovals. YUCK. I haven't done that since high school. What a throwback!
Then you insert your ballot into what looks to all the world like a paper shredder (haha), perched atop a large garbage can that collects the paper ballots.
Right off it felt like an unreliable and fragile system. I was perfectly fine with the punch-hole system ("hanging chads" be damned), and I even took quickly to the electronic touch-screen machines (hi-tech and all). But, I believe this new system was adopted to appease those who still cringe at the memory of 2000's hanging chads (and endless recounts) and felt the succeeding electronic system was too easy to hack.
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Whatever. I've got an uneasy feeling that the totals will be challenged, but then again, if the predicted landslide happens, no one's going to care anyway.
So who did I vote for President? For those who know me and how left I lean (all Commie-pinko and everything, haha), it shouldn't come as a shock. I've never voted Republican and I wasn't about to start now. I considered writing in Ron Paul and even a protest vote for Ralph Nader. But, alone in the booth, I just couldn't do it.
The one item I would like to discuss is "Amendment 2", the Florida Constitutional Amendment that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. What unadulterated horseshit. Who's idea was it to tamper with the constitution over this nonsense? Gay marriage is already illegal in Florida! What are they that afraid of? That "activist judges" are going to OK medical benefits to gay couples? What do they care!!! Do they really think for one moment that after this passes (if it passes, and it probably will) taxes are going to go down or something? No, it just gives the hypocrites and the holier-than-thou a wonderful opportunity to legalize second-class citizenry. In contempt and protest, I took great pleasure in voting "No" to this one.
Anyway, total time expended on this morning's adventure came to an hour and five minutes, counting the walk to and fro. Not bad, and a little ironic that the "early voting" episodes, which were designed to be convenient by avoiding long lines, wound up being anything but.
However, the record turn-outs are an encouraging display of Democracy in action. Now, we wait....