I just got back from running some errands. Geez, the crazies are out here in Orange County with their signs trying to let the world know how they feel about Proposition 8. I thought they were going to climb in my car at one corner. A friend of mine said that it took him two hours to get from Newport Beach to Long Beach along Pacific Coast Highway because of all the “Yes on 8” demonstrators along the route. Aren’t they preaching to the choir in Orange County? I just ignored them. Well, sort of – I tried to make sure I didn’t run over any of them since they kept leaning into the lanes of traffic and cars were stopping, waving, and honking. I saw some older folks among these demonstrators – it made me very sad that they have nothing better to do but to hold up signs that display their desire to discriminate. And the signs say things like “yes on 8 – free speech”. Huh? Or how about this one – “yes on 8 – freedom of religion”. Say what? Where do they get this stuff? I simply don’t understand how this amount of misinformation can be out there about gay marriage. Very, very sad. So I just drove by, keeping my middle fingers securely within my fist, itching to come out in a vulgar display. I restrained myself nicely, methinks.
I’ve been looking at the rest of the propositions on the California ballot, and my decisions may surprise some of you. Here is where I am leaning right now:
prop 2: yes – I’ve been a vegetarian for years
prop 4: no – just another way to try outlaw a woman’s privacy it looks like to me
prop 5: no – can’t afford this
prop 6: no – ditto, too expensive with no perceived benefit. Besides, why isn’t the legislature budgeting these kinds of things and determining criminal sentencing? Isn’t that their job?
prop 7: no – I don’t get this. I read a lot about this one, and the thing that I see that I don’t like is that the little guys would get hurt, like the homeowners who install solar panels and try to generate electricity and sell back to the power companies.
prop 11: no (for now) – doesn’t go far enough. This should also include the redistricting of Congressional districts, not just state assembly and senate districts.
That’s as far as I’ve gotten for now. I tend to vote no on everything unless I have a compelling reason to vote yes. The proposition that I would definitely vote yes for would be an initiative that would make it much more difficult to get a proposition on the ballot. I believe that we get the opportunity to vote on too many things that the legislature should be hammering out. Too often, we vote in laws that are poorly written and can’t be enforced.
And as far as President – just guess. That should be no secret given some of my previous posts.