** Once again I disclose that this entry will have little or no reference to redheads and all their glory . . . but you might want to read it anyway **
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This past Tuesday there was an election in San Francisco but you’d never notice if you looked in the local papers, watched Bay Area news channels or even did a google search. Essentially, the 5 proposition election with a side of unchallenged attorney general and treasurer thrown in hardly set the pundits, newspapers and airwaves ablaze, as past elections in the state have (or even the same day elections in New Jersey, New York, Virginia or Maine).
Four of the propositions passed without much comment. And Proposition D, the advertisement signage ban lift in the downtown Market Street area, failed (assumedly due to beautification fears that San Francisco would become the next billboarded conglomerate city).
The other 4 propositions, also filled with budgetary promises and plans passed. Each of them were about . . . well who cares, they passed.
More importantly, Maine became the 31st state to vote against the right for gays to marry. The slim majority still ruled in Maine where 53% of the state said that marriage was not a civil right to all people. Five U.S. states do allow same-sex couples to marry starting with Massachusetts in 2004, and followed by Vermont, New Hampshire,Connecticut and Iowa but each of the state extended those rights through state legislation and not popular vote.
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This election brought with it a tremendous reminder that much of the public is not ready to move toward a more equal society. It is so easy for people to cry reform and change and progress but in the voting booths they use those tattered curtains to hide their fear and bigotry.
As important as propositions and budgets are for voters to notice, I can’t minimize the fact that the voters scare me. They usually don’t vote informedly. And they usually are more easily influenced by talk-show pundits, prime-time commercial slots and fear. Until I start to see the voters care more about the result of the issues and not their fear of the unknown I’ll just put my head down and mail in my ballot.