Yesterday proved that Americans are suffering from a horrendous case of amnesia and the Democratic Party still hasn’t found much-needed backbone, despite its support for stem cell research. Even the castrating pig lady picked up a Senate seat, as well as a white guy in Arkansas named Cotton. Needless to say, it was a colossal thumping. But even if uninformed voters followed the meme of punishing the president’s party in the second year of his second tenure, voters overwhelmingly supported rather liberal and Democratic-friendly ballot initiatives.
Perhaps voters supported legalization initiatives, then regrettably got too stoned that they voted in Republicans?
Ben Casselman of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight summed up the this bizarro world anomaly thusly:
Here are among some decidedly liberal ballot initiatives that voters supported….
Personhood Ballot Initiatives Defeated–Voters in Colorado and North Dakota soundly defeated the absurdly preposterous amendments that seek to legally define fetuses as children (maybe not the masturbating fetuses. The vote failed by a whopping 64 percent to 34 percent.
“We are relieved and overjoyed. This is a win for the families of North Dakota — but also for our entire country,” Sarah Stoesz, the president of the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund, said in a statement. (Think Progress)
Marijuana legalized in DC and Oregon–Voters in DC and Oregon gleefully decided to eschew the racist prohibitionist of marijuana and support legalization ballot initiatives In Oregon, the law legalizes personal possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana for people 21 years of age and older. And like Colorado and Washington, it will allow for the commercial regulatory sale of marijuana. But unlike Oregon, legalization in DC is much more narrow and restrictive.
For example, while DC’s plan allows for tax-paying adults to posses up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use and grow up to six cannabis plants in their home, it does not permit the sale of it. But don’t go dusting of your bongs just yet, as a House Republican vows to upend it. Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican who represents neighboring Maryland, said federal drug laws that still consider marijuana possession a crime punishable by up to a year in jail should be enforced in the federal district.
“Actions by those in D.C. will result in higher drug use among teens,” Harris said in a written statement to The Washington Post, after losing his voice this week campaigning for his own reelection. “I will consider using all resources available to a member of Congress to stop this action, so that drug use among teens does not increase.” (Washington Post)
So while a bunch of phenomenally uninformed voters in mostly red states decided to let rich white guys convince them to vote against their own economic self-interests, a lot of voters from these same states paradoxically supported decidedly liberal and democratic-friendly ballot initiatives. Indeed, it was a weird night.
Featured image courtesy of Marijuana Herald Tribune