That said... I'm ashamed and embarrasesd to be an American this morning. I don't know where the centers of progressive thought are in the world, but they certainly aren't here.
Eleven states had proposed amendments to their state constitutions banning gay marriage. Those amendments passed in eleven states.
Three states had marijuana measures on the ballot. One (Alaska) would remove all penalties for people over the age of 21 who grow, sell, use, or give away marijuana or hemp products. It failed. One (Oregon) would have provided for the creation of nonprofit organizations to supply up to six pounds per year of marijuana to ceratin qualified patients for medical use. It failed. One (Montana) proposed to allow chronically ill patients to use and grow marijuana for medical use. It passed. But before we get too excited about Montana, they also passed an amendment restricting marriage to being between a man and a woman.
Why do we find it so necessary to be all up in everyone else's business? Why, given the fact that where there could be solid evidence for the danger of marijuana, there is just a huge emptiness, are we so afraid of it? Why are we telling other people what to do in their own homes when it doesn't have a damn thing to do with our own lives? Why are the backwards-thinking homophobes so incapable of opening their minds, just a little bit, to consider what it might be like for a gay man who can't visit his partner in the ICU? Or what it might be like not to be able to provide health insurance benefits to your significant other because of the fears of some others, outsiders who have nothing to do with the relationship?
mossymonkey said it well: The American electorate is vast in its capacity to disappoint.
And if Bush does indeed win, there will be lots more of this to come.