|The first hurrah
||[Nov. 5th, 2008|08:06 am]
And hopefully not the last, even though election results in my state were not encouraging...at least Obama/Biden won.
We are still stuck with a US Senator who supports torture, opposed the GI Bill for this war's veterans, opposes expanded benefits for disabled veterans, opposes any expansion (or even minimally sufficient funding) for CHIP, the health care program for poor children. He's all about making energy companies richer, lowering taxes for the rich, and claiming that lower taxes mean more jobs, in the face of the evidence. Oh, yeah, and continuing the land war in Asia without instituting a draft.
Other states are now stuck with new "initiatives" proposed and funded by religious bigots.
But at least we got one thing right.
That we did.
Now, it's time to push up our sleeves and get to work.
I was working last night (no use watching returns--they'll happen whether I watch or not) and trying hard to keep current events out of the book--not easy, as I'm working on Kieri's POV strand, and he's in his new position as king of Lyonya. In fact, working on this book this particular year has required a lot of "Oops--can't go into *that*, it's too topical to fit in this universe." But since I'm dealing with kings and others in charge of stuff, issues of finance and security on a larger scale necessarily come into the story. You cannot be a duke or king or senior military commander of any capability and ignore your economic base...you cannot ignore internal and external security, either.
Back to work--it's 8:30 and I haven't put enough words on the page yet.
I ended up doing a little work last night myself--script revisions for an episode that's being shot this morning. (As of this writing, in fact.)
And Oklahoma is stuck with James "global warming is a hoax" Inhofe who was outraged at our outrage of the abuses at Abu Ghraib. And we are stuck with Mr 25% for another 2-1/2 months.
But we have much to celebrate this day. The next four years will not be easy, but I believe we NOW have the right leadership to get us through it. I am cautiously optimistic.
I'm really happy Obama got elected, but it's disheartening to see, at the same time, California banning gay marriage... (and what happens to all the couples that got married in the interim?)
One step forward, two steps back?
I suppose one could hope that Obama might like to follow in our Canadian footsteps and make it legal across the country, but I have a feeling he'll be swamped with too many other issues for it to even be contemplated.
Supposedly there are some 3 million absentee and provisional ballots waiting to be counted in California. In theory if some 58% of those oppose prop 8, the measure fails. Not likely to happen, but it can't be ruled out. And there are 3 lawsuits being filed to end the amendment. I would assume that part of that argument is that the amendment failed to consider that it would invalidate 16,000 legally performed and state sanctioned marriages. The most persuasive argument is that you can not deny a basic human right on the basis of a bear majority. It would be like making an amendment to take away the right of free speech for women. It shouldn't matter if you could get 50.1% to vote for it, it's still obviously wrong and shouldn't be enacted.
And AZ has McCain't AND passed Prop. 102. Bother. :(
I can never understand certain things. How the GOP gets support from the military when they constantly fail to do what is right for the members of the military. I also can't understand how someone can be all fervent about being pro-life, but once the gestation period ends, treat the result as dirt. It's a life! But I don't care if it dies of disease, starvation and poverty, just as long as it gets born. Oh yeah, then turn around and support capital punishment, because apparently criminals aren't people, but a fertilized egg is.