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05 November 2008 @ 08:04 am
Ah, California, How You Disappoint Me  


For all that I hear grumbling in the media, on the street, in the coffee houses about how badly things are being run, what results do I see come day after the election? Not votes for change, alas. No, instead I see that we have chosen to send those self-same Senators, Representatives, and Assembly Members who have lead us to this back for more. How is this change?

Understand this: Congress wields more direct power than the President. They control the money -- including taxes -- and they control Federal regulations. If they so wish Congress can overturn anything the President decides, and the President is powerless before a Congress united. Changing the President is flashy. Changing Congress is making change where the change will count. The same holds true at the State level.

Please, take a lesson from this. Next time when you say you want change, make a change with substance. Vote against incumbents in the National and State legislatures.


On the other disappointment, I only have to say: "Separate but equal is inherently unequal." Anyone who voted for Obama and also for Prop 8, I hope you take a moment to understand the irony.

 
 
 
SnarkyLlamallamabitchyo on November 5th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Amen to that. (All of your post.)
Max Kaehn: Politicsslothman on November 5th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
The problem is we only have two parties to choose from, and simply changing which party you elect isn’t necessarily going to help. I continue to advocate for changing this status quo, but it’s not catching on yet.
z107mz107m on November 5th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
*sigh* agreed on all accounts. I'm pretty bummed about Prop 8 passing. I was having too high of hopes for California.
Yuusadayuusada on November 5th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
I concur 100%.

I actually went and researched the voting records of my representatives and based my voting decisions upon them. Alas, it would seem not everyone shared the same idea.

As for Prop 8, I'm quite simply disgusted with the outcome.

Edited at 2008-11-05 05:31 pm (UTC)
etoile.noiretoilenoir959 on November 5th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
So disappointed in California. =/

However, I have faith that civil law suits will be filed in record time and record number.
Yuusadayuusada on November 5th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Ya, the San Francisco City Attorney's office is already lawyering up.
Sandpanthersandpanther on November 5th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, I commend you for you diligence in checking their voting records. It's a much better approach than my black and white "can them all" method.
Cirdancirdan_havens on November 5th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
In all fairness, it is supposed to be a 3-way system so it's not as if changing Prez doesn't change anything. Just that our CA reps are one smaller piece of the bigger pie when it comes to Congress. Also, on the off-chance Obama gets to appoint Supreme Court Justices, that'll also affect things greatly.

Of course, since you know Japanese, you'll know what I mean when I say it's a _very_ bad sign that he is the 44th president of the US.

Prop 8 sucks. :(
Sandpanthersandpanther on November 5th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Obama will certainly get to appoint one, and quite probably two Justices, since Ruth Ginsberg has been wanting to retire for years but has been hanging on until she got someone in the White House whose politics she agrees with. There's a second one whose name I'm blanking on who's likely to retire this year as well.

Though my statement does stand: the President needs to get Congressional approval for his nominees. (Given that Congress is shifting noticeably Democratic this election, I don't expect that to be an issue.) Congress is still the key to the country, more so than the President.

Oh dear, I hadn't realized we were up to 44. No wonder I was so displeased with all the offerings this round.

I predict Prop 8 will be overturned and permanently within the next 8 years. Prejudice takes time to overcome, but sooner or later the opponents die off leaving only those who are puzzled why there was an issue in the first place.
Cirdancirdan_havens on November 5th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Does take time, yeah. Dad used to say that abt women rights too, prob b/c he had 3 daughters. I just imagine seeing it go back and forth on and on. Time for city states, I tell you!

puddlemizutamari on November 6th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Prop 8 is the one about gay marriages, yes?

Dude, that sucks bricks!