Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I will wait for the truth.

"...the system gives you just enough
to make you think that you see change
they will sing you right to sleep
and then they'll screw you just the same..."
-the waiting song, ani difranco

I have mixed feelings about yesterday. On one hand, it almost seems anticlimatic. You spend weeks researching candidates, judges, proposals, etc. If you're on a college campus like I am, you are bombarded with stickers, pins, and flyers. Some instructors will spend class time discussing ballot proposals and initiatives. And then, on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, you stand in line, connect some dots, and bam! It's over.

It's odd how a day of such hope and empowerment can be so simultaneously defeating. When you start tallying the number of pro vs. con stickers you've seen today, a dull weight seems to settle in your stomach. And when you went to your voting site, did you notice how many unhighlighted names were on the voter's list? Somehow we've lost the notion that we have a civic obligation to participate in our lawmaking process. When I think about how many people have given everything for a voice in their own government, and I see all those unhighlighted names in front of me, I feel defeated. I wonder how many of those names are women, minorities, or youth between the ages of 18 and 21. Meanwhile, the debate raging among two girls before class today revolved around a certain tanning salon's new appointment policies. So telling, don't you think, that such egocentric-bodyconscious-women could be so blasé when it comes to actually protecting that body, both physically and legally.


I don't think this is the great win that we were all hoping for. Today's liberals were yesterday's conservatives. Conservatives and Democrats alike have made a decisive shift to the right, especially on social issues, which are (in my opinion) the absolute worst things to be conservative about. Fiscal conservatives still piss me off, but social conservatives? I can't understand it.

Here in Michigan, we (as a state) have said that there should be a constitutional amendment that prohibits gay marriage. Yesterday, 5 more states followed suit. Yesterday, they voted in a constitutional amendment to ban affirmative action statewide, and voted against educational funding. All this in a strongly "Democratic" state.

This kind of stuff is happening all over the country. California banned Affirmative Action. Nevada and Colorado struck down possesion of small amounts of marajuana. Any interesting initiatives on the ballot in your states? What were the outcomes? I know that, personally, I am left feeling slightly queasy with the events last night. I'm worried that if our Dem's continue to shift right, the US will become a very scary place indeed.

I believe that it's time to finally abolish this two party system, and strip america of this false sense of "choice."

Just a little something to leave you with:

This guy is hysterical. Unfortunately, the tool interviewed is more concerned with establishing his own political legitimacy than actually discussing anything remotely interesting.


Blogger somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Hi there. In a discussion with folks who are from (or worked in) Ireland told me how there are more than 2 parties, and that whatever percentage of votes that party gets, then that is the number put into the government house. Example with 100 seats:
Party A with 28% -- 08 seats
Party B with 20% -- 20 seats
Party C with 30% -- 30 seats
Party D with 22% -- 22 seats
Interesting huh??

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's really cool! My boyfriend is doing his PhD in comparative politics. I'm going to have to ask him about this. It is fascinating though, how radically different other countries run their electoral process.

2:00 PM  

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