The view from down here.
A lot of people have asked me how I did in my run for Jupiter Inlet District 5. As expected, I lost – both of the other candidates are long time residents that put up a ton of signs and really worked their contacts. I, on the other hand, posted to my blog and watched TV.
But I did get 18.4% of the vote, which means that 6,439 people colored in the little connecting line to vote for me. Which is actually incredibly cool and a much larger number than I ever thought possible. The fact that they probably did it because I was first on the list is irrelevant (sort of).
Anyhow, so that’s how that went. But now that’s it’s all over, I’d like to just take a moment to pass along my thoughts on the rest of what went down yesterday, some of which I’m pretty bummed about. So let’s start with:
Two things happened in Florida that make me want to move. Really. I know some of you are calling me a drama queen right now, and others are comparing me to Alec Baldwin or some other silly douche. But I didn’t say I am moving, I said these things make me want to. And really, it wasn’t a big step from where I was in the first place. But let me lay it out for you.
Florida, like California, allows amendments to the State Constitution to be voted on by state residents. California calls them propositions, Florida calls them amendments. Whatever you call them, it’s not a great idea. Up until (I believe) two years ago, a simple majority was required for passage, but that year, thanks to an amendment I actually appreciated, the percentage required for passage was increased to 60. I could whine for a while about why this is such an stupid way to do anything, but you need only live in a state that operates this way to find your own examples. For me, this year I have two: Amendment 1, and Amendment 2.
Amendment 1 was aimed at removing a chunk of Florida’s Constitution that was inserted in 1926 and allowed the Legislature to prevent people barred from citizenship from owning land. It was, at the time, aimed specifically at Asian immigrants. And while it’s obsolete and the Legislature has never to my knowledge used the provision, it was a racist hunk of shit that doesn’t belong in the Constitution (try telling that to the 31 asshole House members that voted against allowing Amendment 1 on the ballot though). I’m assuming you can guess where this went: the Amendment failed, which means the provision stands. Now, there wasn’t a lot of noise about this, and the Amendment was worded horribly (there was actually a triple negative in the verbiage) but to me that just says that people here are either too stupid to figure it out, too apathetic to care, or too racist to vote yes. Any way you look at it, not a ringing endorsement for the populace.
But that pales in comparison to Amendment 2, which changed the State Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. I’m so pissed off that 62% of Floridians think this steaming coil of bigoted dog shit is the business of the government, much less something that belongs in the fucking Constitution, I’m not even going to make jokes about getting some extra wives. This received big support from lots of churches (and assholes), which is just one more reason my bile backs up around organized religion (and assholes).
And on that note, lets move onto:
Hmm. Really, the only BAD that I can think of is that I didn’t win my election, but I didn’t expect to, so I can’t really list it. Of course, anyone that reads BITF even occasionally has probably figured out that I’m a Libertarian, and that I have real doubts and worries about Obama’s domestic policy; particularly in the areas of income taxes, health care programs, protectionist trade policies and the possibility of another (please no) New Deal type of jobs program.
Funnily enough though, I met my U.S. Congressman Tim Mahoney yesterday (Mahoney lost his election because he got caught a couple of weeks ago trying to cover up the fact that he cheated on his wife – which, come to think of it, counts as a BAD itself – the fact that he lost an election over it I mean – you can make your own judgement on the fidelity part) and we spoke for a good twenty minutes. Nice guy, too. Actually listened to me and responded thoughtfully and directly. Didn’t make a pass at me OR my lovely wife. Anyway, Congressman Mahoney (who’s a Blue Dog Democrat) honestly believes (or so he said at any rate, and he is a politician so take that with a grain of salt) that Obama will govern pragmatically and from the center in the areas that most concern me, and I’m hopeful that’s true. At any rate, you certainly can’t call what MIGHT happen a bad, so let’s just jump on to:
There’s a lot good here, and all in all I’m pretty happy with the yesterday’s outcomes. I’ll go with the bulleted list to better handle my verbosity:
- For the next four years, we’ll all be spared hearing conspiracy theorists explain how the election was stolen.
- The silly geese on Facebook can finally take Hussein out of their names.
- We have absolutely no possibility of Sarah Palin being President before 2013 (and even then, unless the country is racked with nostalgia and really misses having a retard in the Oval Office, I think we’re safe from that disaster).
- There are going to be a whole bunch of serious racists going fucking bat-shit, and not a damn thing they can do about it but shoot more meth.
- Three words: International Street Cred (Biden might have called that four words).
- Tons of jokes about Biden’s plugs, botox and facelift (see preview here). Note: I do understand that this can turn into a BAD fairly rapidly – but for now, its a GOOD.
- The Dems did NOT (at least as of the time I wrote this they hadn’t) achieve a super-majority in the Senate. Even my dyed-in-the-wool-Democrat mother who, at 82 years of age worked her ass off for Obama, agrees with me that 60 Democrat Senators would be bad.
- And then there’s this (cue patriotic music):
Without sounding all soft and sappy, I am truly proud that this country was able to elect a black man to the Presidency. I mentioned this to someone lately and they challenged me on it, assuming I meant that I wanted Obama to win because he is black. Nope. I just wanted to know that the country I live in has evolved enough that it could happen. Maybe because I’m a cynic, maybe because I seem to keep meeting closet (and sometimes open) bigots down here, but I didn’t think it could. Not for a long time anyway. And today I find myself really, really happy that it did.
So Obama winning: a definite GOOD.
You know, my daughter Nina will be old enough to vote in 7 years. My son, Desmond, in 10. And, largely because of this election, by that time the race or gender of our Presidential candidates may actually no longer be an issue. And if we (and they) are really lucky, neither will their religion, or lack thereof. And that is the goodest thing of all.
Now go to sleep little Cindy Lou Who.