Let’s start with the biggie. I am a registered Green, and proud of it, and I swore not to vote for a Democrat (or a Republican) in a presidential campaign again. However, the time has come for me to change my mind and vote for Obama. I hope you will too. Because we live in a duopoly, the winner will be either McCain or Obama. Our nation cannot afford a McCain/Palin administration. Period.
The other big issue here in California is Proposition 8 which would take away the right for same-sex couples to marry. The California Supreme Court has already ruled on this matter. It is unfathomable that we are voting for a proposition that would actually take away a person’s personal rights. I simply don’t understand those trying to pass this proposition, but it seems to come down to religion. It is hard to believe that the religious community would be advocating for discrimination and hatred. If you are in California, please vote NO on 8.
A few other important propositions in California:
Proposition 1A High-Speed Rail Bond
Yes. Yes. Yes. Help get us moving into the future and plan for the high-speed rail between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with a stop in Fresno.
Proposition 4 Parental notification and wait period for abortion
No. This is bad law and could potentially lead to many teenage deaths.
Proposition 5 Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act of 2008
This proposition revamps the previously approved Proposition 36 that sends certain drug offenses to treatment before jail. Proposition 5 would expand this program to youth offenders. It would also make possession of less than 28.5 grams of marijuana an infraction instead of a misdemeanor. Vote YES.
Proposition 9 Victim’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008
No, No, No. According to the San Francisco Bay Guardian “prop 6 would send more people to jail; Prop. 9 would keep them there longer. Prop. 9 would accomplish this by making it much more difficult for prisoners to gain parole. But California already releases very few inmates serving long sentences for crimes like murder and manslaughter. Moreover, many of the other provisions of Prop. 9 have already been enacted, which would mean costly redundancies if the measure is approved.” Vote NO and tell the Council to change their position.
Proposition 11 Redistricting, Constitutional Amendment and Statute
How different is it to have politicians redraw the districts than having a citizen commission appointed by the politicians redraw the maps. It is especially problematic when the Republicans would get 5 seats and the Democrats would get 5 seats when we know that California is majority Democrat. Let’s be fair here. We need help in this area, but this proposition is not the answer. This one is easy, vote NO.
This is just a handful of the 12 propositions on the California ballot (and all the ones I have time to write about). What do you think? How are you going to vote next week (if you haven’t already)?