After how heartbroken I was after the last presidential election, I'm just having a hard time staying optimistic.
If you saw the "Who would you vote for?" widget I posted a few weeks ago, you know I'm voting for Obama. A huge majority of you here on my flist are voting for Obama. Many of my non-LJ friends are voting for Obama. But until the final counts are in I just can't let myself hope that he will win.
I'm not even that scared of McCain winning, even though the McCain currently running isn't the same one I actually used to respect. I'm freaking TERRIFIED that McCain might win and then die. The idea of President Palin quite literally makes me nauseous. Also, while I don't think race should matter one bit, I have some fear that Obama may lose some states simply because there are people who just won't vote for a black man. In 2008 prejudice is still that strong in some people. How fucking sad is that?
But anyway, this post wasn't meant to be about the presidential race. I wanted to put my view out there about one of the issues on the ballot:
"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?"
I support each and every issue listed in this. I believe that those are all things that we should be doing.
But I am voting NO.
Yes, earmarking tax money for this is something I support. But I DO NOT support using a Constitutional Amendment to do it!
The definition of constitution from dictionary.com:
8. the system of fundamental principles according to which a nation, state, corporation, or the like, is governed.
9. the document embodying these principles.
The constitution is not the place to make laws. I voted against the transportation amendment in 2006, and I intend to vote against this one.