…still excited about the outcome of the election yesterday.
It is amazing that the majority of people came through and elected Barack Obama president of the United States.
I am totally excited about his landslide victory over John McCain. Who would have thought that the western part of the country didn’t even have a stake in this election? That the decision fell almost before the last polling places closed in California?
Even though this is technically not “my” country (well, you know that is not true, it really has become my country as well, but you know what I mean), I have never been so excited about an election. I had been following the primaries right from the start and was very enthusiastic about some of the issues.
Whenever I visited home in the past, I felt I had to “defend” America… not against my family, but against random people who would talk negatively about the US andÂ Bush (and I did, too!) and who could not understand what I liked about living here. I always felt that I had to stand up for the US, even though I agreed withÂ many of the comments that were made about it abroad.
From now on, I don’t think I have to be defensive anymore, because Germany is very excitedÂ about the newÂ president! This will be not only great for America, but also great for the world!
However, as excited as I am seeing Barack Obama and his family move into the White House, I am also deeply disappointed about the outcome of some of the propositions that were voted on here in CA.
Proposition 8 – the ban on gay marriage – passed! It passed!
I am at a loss of words.
How can the Californians possibly elect Barack Obama for president and then vote for Proposition 8 that infringes on the civil rights of gay people. It’s outrageous. I have no words for it.
How can they have people vote to change the California Constitution with an amendement to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry based on their personal beliefs ?
I think it’s simply unfair.
In some ways, we have still a long way to go.