but is it good or bad? I didn't vote for Obama, I voted for McCain, so I am a little dissappointed, but not surprised. The American populace wants change, and it seems that everyone is focused on the problem that Republicans are the ones that caused it. No one I know is focused on the problem that WE THE PEOPLE let them cause the problem. Oh well, the ability of all humans in the world to say "not me" is pretty amazing.
What other things changed though? A new Commander in Chief isn't the only thing that changed. There were record breaking numbers of people who went and registered to vote and then really did vote this election. People are starting to realize that they should vote, that it's our right as members of a free society... no that it's our DUTY to do so and that we should vote everytime something comes up that needs our voice. Apathy about how our country is run, who's running it, how long they run it and how they spend the money is what has put us in this position in the first place.
I am hoping that the momentum of the people who are taking notice of this election and what it entailed continues, so that we end up with fewer people sitting on their rumps complaining about the state of our union when they do nothing to prevent it.
Yes, we had record numbers of people registering and voting... But we aren't at 100% yet. :) It's very likely that we never will be. But for those of you who aren't registered to vote or just decided not to vote.. Just remember this. If you didn't vote, then keep your lips shut, as you don't have the right to complain about any of the elected officials, measures, amendments, or whatever on this ballot. You didn't care enough to vote for someone you thought would do a better job. And if you didn't care then, why care now? Exercize your freedom of speech over your neighbors yapping dog.
Voting in Oregon even is easy for the couch potato, it's all done via mail in ballot. They mail it to you, and you get to sit in your own easy chair and mark the little arrows, and then either mail it back or drop it in the drop box next time you run some errands.