......on the other hand I am really sad and disappointed, and now really pissed off!!!
The happy and hopeful: I am glad Obama won. The thought of McCain and Palin in the White House scared the crap out of me. I was in tears last night when I heard he won, and continued as I watched the celebrations, and his speech. He is a wonderful speaker and really made me hopeful for the future of the country. Here's hoping he can follow through with his ideas.
On Etsy's message boards members from other countries were thanking us...crying with us...so happy Obama was elected. They seemed to look at the U.S. in a new light, one which had been at least 8 years absent. More hope.
The historical significance of this win really hits home with me. Seeing Jesse Jackson crying his eyes out made me think how amazing this must be to him, and others involved in the civil rights movement, how if you stop and think about it, should be to everyone (I know everyone doesn't think it is so fantastic). In the 1960's the thought of a black president of the United States was beyond absurd...something that wasn't in the realm of possibilities. To see that come to fruition.......I don't have the words. I don't think it is just a "win" for the African-American community, I think it is a win for us all. A testament to the progress toward equality for all. Equality for all...which brings me to:
The sad and disappointed side of me. I have been keeping an eye on something going on in California that I've heard a great deal about. Proposition 8. For anyone who doesn't know it is a propostion up for the vote that would amend California's constitution which would proclaim that marriage is legal only between a man and a woman. Thus banning gay marriages.
Sadly, at this time it appears that Proposition 8 will pass. What that means for the couples who married when California's highest court upheld the legality for gay marriages, I do not know. What made me more sad and disappointed was there were other states voting on similar things. Here is a link:
A summary on the results of the gay rights issues from states other than Cali:
1. Arizona - yes to ban on gay marriages
2. Arkansas - yes to banning gay couples from adopting children
3. Florida - yes to ban on gay marriages
Which brings me to:
The really pissed off!!! As a rule I usually don't talk politics. My father always said "You should never discuss religion or politics. Those type of conversations never end well".
Well, I was really upset to read the above mentioned things, so I said something at my office. One co-worker wasn't pleased to hear those things. The other.....the other made my blood boil! He said in regard to the ban on gay couples adopting in Arkansas, "well if it is two gay guys and they adopted a girl it might be okay. She'd be safe because they wouldn't be attracted to her. If it was boy it could be dangerous for the child because they would be interested in him 'that way'.
OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just saw RED RED!!!!! I managed to utter something in a not so nice tone of "Well they (the hypothetical gay couple in question) are not attracted to little boys either!" . After realizing I was less than thrilled with what he said he muttered "oh well...I shouldn't say that......'judge not lest ye be judged thus saith the Lord'"
That level of ignorance astounds me, and makes me so incredibly sad. I can't even write any thing else. There are a million things swirling in my mind, I just need to go out for a walk to clear my head.