Thursday, November 06, 2008

Only 1 of the 3 ballot questions went my way. But I guess 1 out of 3 is better than 0 out of 3. And there won't be any more greyhound racing in the Commonwealth!

Well, we can all agree that we just had a historic election. The President of the United States, for the first time, is not white. Only 40 years have elapsed from the assassination of Martin Luther King to the election of Barack Obama. I'd like to say that racism is now behind us in this country, but it's not. However, this is a HUGE step in the right direction. Go us. Now I'd REALLY like to see a woman as a President, but that's going to take a few more years (any other woman on the planet other than Sarah Palin, that is). I think that's a few years down the road, but it will happen sooner than later.

I absolutely adore President Elect Obama's environmental policy. The days of not taking center stage in the environmental ring because we're sulking that China is a bigger polluter than we are, and yet they don't have stringent restrictions are over. We need to take the high road, we need to be the leaders in cleaning up the planet, and we need to deal with the fact that some countries are going to drag their feet. Instead of acting like a petulant child slamming their bedroom door and not participating in family dinner, we might finally be the role model the child needs. Obama's plan has us catching up with the EU's recycling and emmisions policies, and it will force American businesses to make a choice: pollute less, or pay up. We're on the right track. We should have been the forerunners from the beginning, but we weren't, and there's nothing we can do about that now. It's time to make up for past mistakes (and though Bush is 100% to blame for the non existant envronmental policy in the last 8 years, I don't think Clinton did all he could have, either) and realize that we do need to make some changes.

I hope Obama can do it. He said he could, now let's see what happens.

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