This is an historic event, the first time the United States has elected an African-American President.
I imagine that if the Rev. Dr. King were alive today he would be very pleased by this, as am I. I’m pleased for many more reasons though.
This is a total repudiation of the policies and laws from the Bush administration and I am absolutely ecstatic about it. My primary concern was the U.S. Supreme Court.
This is a court that gave us the profit motivated eminent domain in addition to handing the election to Bush & Co. way back in 2000. It’s also a court that has several members that are in their 80’s and ready to retire.
I’d much prefer to have a liberal and open minded judiciary than one that is controlled by neo-con ideologues like Scalia, Alito, Roberts et al. We’re stuck with them for at least 10 or more years but with a Democrat President and Democrats having absolute control in the congress I have no fear that we’ll see any such. I’d honestly like to see my Senator, former AG Sheldon Whitehouse nominated to the Supreme Court.
I haven’t seen anything on Prop 8 in California nor on the other mean spirited measures. I do know that both issues on the RI issue passed.
The first allows the state to take advantage of federal highway funds as well as paying for enhanced commuter rail service.
The other is a perennial ballot question an open space initiative. This takes land off the books for preservation and I wholeheartedly approve.
But congratulations to the Obama team. I’m so happy I didn’t waste the money I donated.
On another note I’m saddened that Californians now have the dubious distinction of being the first state to enshrine hatred and bigotry into their constitution. But there’s hope, apparently a civil lawsuit is in the works because Proposition 8 violates several other parts of the CA constitution.
Even my straight co-workers were disappointed by Prop 8 passing. Surprised the shit out of me.