I am feeling patriotic today. The historical significance of this national election is something we have never seen before, and I love the feeling of optimism, that perhaps a change will be made today in our country that will affect our lives for the better.
Even if there is little a new President can do to get us out of the gaping hole that “W” put us in, it’s nice to have that positive feeling. Even if it’s for a fleeting moment.
Along with many others, I will be watching the election returns tonight like it’s a heavyweight bout, sitting on the edge of my seat as the votes roll in and we see whatever effect race, gender, war and taxes will have on the minds of the American voters. As we have seen before, though things seem clear as to who is the out-and-out favorite, we know that things can change on a dime and become something much different than what we expected.
On the local level, we have changes coming too, and hopefully for the better. I am hearing more and more advertisements on TV and radio for Measures J and K, and know that the impact will be tremendous if they don’t pass. I don’t see a reason San Jose voters wouldn’t vote for these measures, but you never know. I hope that we are able to keep our local services and not have to cut back on essential things for our city.
So on this day, our historical Election Day, here’s to smart choices—and to change. We are starving for it…