Whew. A huge election, and I'm glad it's over. My guy (and girl) didn't win, and we'll have a new president in a couple of months. I do think it's amazing that we have a Black president, but I have to say I always thought he'd be a conservative in the David Palmer mold rather than a socialist, I mean a very liberal guy.
On that front, I'm sad about a few things. First, he is relentlessly pro-abortion. I used to be kind of agnostic about this issue, but I've come to see that every baby is a gift. (And the psychological effects of abortion on the women who have them is a tragically under-reported phenomenon.) It is heartbreaking to me to think of the loss of life that will continue under an Obama presidency. Second, he hasn't looked to be a friend of Israel. They are the only (soon to be one of two) democracy in the Middle East and they are a good ally. Third, I think he has very poor judgment, in friends and mentors, even little decisions like whether to appear on Access Hollywood. That worries me, but it also just makes me feel kind of sad.
No matter what, this untested young president will need our prayers. I hope after four years we can say he's still untested, but I know in my heart that won't happen. And so it's time to get on with our lives. I told DH yesterday that no matter what, from now on I'm keeping a closer eye on things, and I'm going to try to be more active in shaping what happens. We owe it to the country to take the time to do that.
On that front, I'm going to say something about the DISGUSTING local elections here. We have a terrible school board in charge of a pretty good school system here. In fact, the system is top-notch, but that is in spite of rather than because of the board and county-level leadership. The board has built not one but two schools that aren't needed, in areas that aren't viable for schools, and has engaged in other "land-investment" practices. In fact, one board member has actually made a lot (high six, low seven figures) of money on some of these land deals through her developer-husband. The state needs to investigate this situation but it takes a lot of work to get their attention.
Back in the summer she and the other board members were all re-elected to their positions through the primary system. ONE WEEK after that election the board came out with the fact that they need a SPLOST to keep the paraprofessionals in the classroom. Nevermind that the bloated county administrator payroll could be cut, that the county could quit speculating on land, and that they could put a sensible technology program in place. They needed the money. AND THE SPLOST passed. The stupid, stupid electorate (normally I have more resprect but not this time) allowed the board to bully them with presentations threatening the teachers' jobs, threatening the sacrosanct test scores, threatening the competitiveness of the real estate market here that has benefitted from the high-scoring school system. The county voted to give them more money even though they can't take care of what they have.
Yes, I'm mad. And isn't it interesting that politicians at all levels are just alike--can't take care of what they have, they just need a little or a lot more to make things all better. We get the government we deserve.