Barack Obama is our new president-elect based on the content of his character and not the color of his skin. The message of Martin Luther King Jr's speech so long ago has come to pass. This is a day filled with rejoicing and the promise of hope and promise. May he lead us well and may God protect him and his family and God bless our country!
On another note, here in California, voters said yes to proposition 8. This affects a lot of people I care deeply about, including my own son. No heterosexual marriage will be "restored" and no "religious rights will be protected" by the passage of this proposition. It just sends us backwards into a time of ignorance. When I married a Nigerian man (my son's father) back in the late 60s, it was illegal for us to be married in at least four states in this country into the 1970s. The miscegenation laws in place then were based on the same kind of fear and ignorance present concerning this issue.
Since so many supporters profess to be Christians, I submit if they believe that God made us in His image it means ALL of us. To me, that means there is a purpose for ALL of us, as God doesn't make mistakes. Voltaire (I am paraphrasing here) said that God created man in His image and man returned the favor. Knowing how petty and cruel human beings can be, in my opinion God must be pure love because if He was in the image of man, He would have given up on us a long time ago. So, today was a giant step forward for our country in one respect, but a giant step back in this matter concerning civil rights.
Also, today my cat Harley died. My heart is broken as he has been my sweet and loving companion for 17 years even when it seemed like no one else cared. He was always there to comfort me when I was sick and make me laugh when I was sad. I will miss him walking on me all night long and snuggling up on a cold winter's night and even on a 105 degree day. Every morning, he would awaken me with a paw on my cheek and a morning meow. Life will be very empty without him. He is being buried on a friend's farm near the sheep pasture so hopefully he will be chasing lots of field mice in his next life.