Friday, November 7, 2008

Barack Obama Makes History, California Sets A Precedent

Well, here we are, living in the moment of history that all of history will look upon.

Generations from now, when someone opens a dusty book (or laptop or whatever it might be in a few hundred years), they'll look and read how November 4th, 2008, the first African American, Barack Obama, was voted into the office of the President of the United States of America.

They'll probably wonder why it took so long and they'll probably be confused about who was McCain's running mate, Palin or Fey and wonder why Fey didn't run.

As you see from the image to the left, how the state of CA settled out in who primarily voted for who in the presidential election.





On the other hand, California set itself apart and put in concrete a milestone of a precedent when they accepted the Ban on Gay Marriages as it was passed and is now headed to more courts to fight the fight of personal choice or freedom.

There's a distinct pattern of how the state voted in the process and to me, it seemed to be about choice.

Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco said something on the night of Nov 4th that caught my attention:

California just voted discrimination into the states constitution.

And then I was thinking.

What happened with an "Live and Let Live", "Do unto others as you have done to yourself?" and other such statements of pitched fairness that comes from what I thought was the mind of Christianity. We dissed the 2nd class citizen mentality many many years ago... I thought.

Now that the ban has passed, there are demonstrations in the streets, people getting assaulted and even more impassioned behavior.

I have a lot of thinking to do.

image source: ScreenShot LA Times

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