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Nov 5, 2008

I sat tonight and watched the coverage of the national election, and for a good portion of it I didn't really react. The recent past has shown that polls are unreliable, and coupled with my inherent view of most people as small-minded and cruel, I didn't have much faith that things would go the way I had hoped and voted for.

Still, I watched and waited and as the night went on things started to look good, then really good. Before long it was pretty clear that barring a huge upset there would be a moment of significant American history happening.

At around 8:00 PM Pacific Time, the announcement came: Barack Obama would be elected President of the United States of America.

Being someone who most days sees little to hope for in the world, I must tell you this was a welcome change in my view of my country. This election will be a moment remembered alongside the moon landing, the Kennedy assassination, the Berlin Wall and other significant slices of time where something truly momentous has happened.

For me personally, this is one of the great moments of my life where I see the future I hope for starting to emerge into possibility. I have long seen the terrible faces of hatred, greed, and apathy. Many days those faces were right in front of me. There are the great monsters of humanity, men like Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin, that we all know and rightly despise. It is the smaller monsters, the ones living next door, that we should be twice as afraid of. Those who would kill others in the name of life. Those who would look to isolate others who do not share their concept of sexuality. Those who look upon whatever faith is not theirs and see it as less. Those who view skin color as a reason to fear and hate. These are the true threats to us as a race. The insane butchers tend to be easier to spot, while the quiet rot of the basic evil of man creeps ever closer.

Tonight marks a small but important step in the fight against that disease. As a nation, we have now signaled that there is no place in this country that any of us cannot go. Does this election mean the end of racism? Unfortunately, no. As long as ignorance and fear rule over reason and intelligence, racism can never die. But this does mark a day where we have said as a nation that the idea that a person is defined by appearance is past, that it is more important to value a person for what they are than what they appear to be.

There's no way to predict the future, and indeed no guarantee that Obama will fulfill the promise of his election. But even if he fails as a President, there can be no denying what he has succeeded in proving for us as a nation.



almost eleven years ago

You do realize that the electors are duty-bound to cast their vote for the candidate whom the people chose to cast that electoral vote for, right? Electors who do not do this are called \"faithless electors,\" which 24 states have laws against. Additionally, a faithless elector would likely face a host of very bad consequences not related to legal ramifications, thus, it is highly improbable an elector would actually vote in opposition of the candidate they have pledged to cast their vote for. Plus, faithless electors have never changed the outcome of an election in the entire history of the college of electors.

The college of electors is meant to maintain the powers given to states over the federal government in the constitution. The electors are also voted for directly by the people whom the elector represents. The college of electors is also based on population, making sure that all electoral votes carry equal weight, thereby making sure less populous states do not have more power than populous states (or populous states having more power than less populous states), however, it is this last principle that has been bastardized, not the idea of the college of electors.

In modern elections, candidates typically win states and electors vote for the candidate that won the popular vote in the state, whereas traditionally the electoral votes within states are supposed to be cast independently of one another.

You should be more upset about this, not about the college of electors - a widely misunderstood institution that essentially has no real power in the U.S. any longer.

almost eleven years ago

The electoral college has voted contrary to the popular vote three times in history. I appreciate your argument though and I will read more on the subject as to make sure next time I find myself in this discussion I slum dunk my opposition. In the mean time, shit, I hope your right and I\'m wrong.

Si (Devon UK)
over eleven years ago

I too have been watching from afar and am truly heartened by the election result.
Well done the U.S.A !!!!

David (Oz)
over eleven years ago

Did Lando vote?

over eleven years ago

Lando did not vote. Lando is jaded and does not believe the popular vote of the people has anything to do with who the electoral college decides to put in the white house. When the electoral college is gone then Lando will vote, because then the vote will matter again and not just be something the news shows compare besides the electoral votes that actually matter. Honestly though, I wanted Obama to win the popular vote and McCain to get the electoral vote and win so that perhaps the people would see the true nature of how anti democracy the electoral college is. Maybe then, Jefferson would be right and some kind of \"revolution\" would shape this country and maybe get us on the right track again. Obama won though, and thats fine, I hope to be impressed by his actions. However, a corrupt system is still a corrupt system and though it may get it right now and then, that doesnt mean its good. But let\'s hope this guy can fix what the last guy spent 8 years totally fucking huh.

Big Dave (OZ)
over eleven years ago

A momentous time for your country, there may be hope for you yet. I just hope he sees out his term as president. If something were to happen to him, I think it could destroy your country.