Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It was weird waking up today... fulling knowing that while things looked the same... everything has changed. And yet, it is so exciting.

I've voted in most elections since I was 18. That includes Millages, Senate races, Gubernatorial races and of course Presidential races. I like voting, I like knowing that I tried to support the candidate I believe will do the best job, and will best represent my beliefs.

Unfortunately, the past two Presidential elections, some of my local Michigan (yes, I still vote in MI for now) Congressional elections and a few propositions did not go the way I had hoped. That is a horribly frustrating feeling and I am very happy to say that this year that has not happened.

In the 9th Congressional district in Michigan, Joe Knollenberg (R) was knocked out (yea!), Gary Peters (D) won and Dr. Kevorkian even received a few votes. Proposition 1, which legalized the use of medical marijuana passed by quite a bit. Proposition 2, which will amend the state constitution to allow researchers to use embryos left over from fertility treatments to create embryonic stem-cell lines for disease research also passed. And of course, the Presidential election... well, even though I was not behind Obama in the beginning (I supported Hillary), I am excited he is in office, for a plethora of reasons.

I've heard 1 in 10 votes were from first time voters, most of them probably young. The majority of those votes went for Obama. It is so amazing how young people were able to get behind a candidate with such passion, such heart, and use their power to make him the 44th President of the United States of America.

Last night, as I was watching people march the streets of Seattle, as I am sure people were marching across the country, I was slightly reminded of the ad John McCain put out a while back comparing Barack Obama to Paris Hilton and other large celebrities. I thought about something, you know what... he is a HUGE celebrity that people love and adore, but not because he was in some stupid TV show or he is an heir. No, he makes us believe in our country, in America, in Change... He makes us have heart and that is why he is larger than life. I am not only OK with that, I embrace it and hope that this election will help people of all ages, races, religions and socio-economic status realize that politics are fun, interesting and one of the easiest ways to change the world.

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