Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rather proud of my country right now

We're still evolving towards the future.

This from the Los Angeles Times:

"...Obama was the first Democrat to receive more than 50% of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter in 1976. He is the first senator elected to the White House since John F. Kennedy in 1960.

With most U.S. precincts tallied, the popular vote was 52.3% for Obama and 46.4% for John McCain. In the electoral college, Obama was the projected winner of 349 votes to 147 for Republican McCain with three states -- North Carolina, Georgia and Missouri -- still to be decided.

In his victory, Obama also captured states that are generally Republican such as Indiana and Virginia, which hadn't supported a Democratic candidate in 44 years. Ohio and Florida, key to President Bush's twin victories, also went for Obama, as did Pennsylvania, where McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, spent much of the final days of the campaign..."

Here in Santa Cruz, about 78% voted for Barack Obama. Sheryl and I have made it no secret that we're liberal democrats. But at the same time I think it's very important that we respect each other for our differences as well as our sameness-- and to do not fall prey to judging each other where we might disagree.

Here's a map also from the L.A. times about proposition 8. It should come up as an interactive map showing who voted for what county by county. It's pretty interesting. The story isn't over yet. I don't like to see what I consider to be unconstitutional propositions put up for a vote, and I am a little surprised that it went this way in California, my home state. Gay Marriage is legal in Vancouver, BC. It's legal in Connecticut now. Legal in Massachusetts-- I don't think anybody is being harmed by equal treatment under the law.

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