The 2012 election was largely a victory for us, since Obama won re-election and the lesser-evil party (aka the Democrats) regained control of the Senate (but unfortunately not the House). As we have noted before, Obama has been our only hope for keeping America from falling completely into the plutocrats' (and kleptocrats') hands yet again. We thank everyone, especially in swing states, who chose NOT to feed the vultures this time around. And fie upon those who did!
Ballot initiative results were generally favorable this time around, especially as far as civil rights are concerned. For example, three more states legalized same-sex marriage, and one state rejected a constitutional amendment banning it. This is the first time any state has legalized gay marriage via a ballot initiative. Perhaps direct democracy isn't so bad after all.
Also, it looks like "California dreaming" has finally become a reality. Though not in California or even in Oregon, but rather in Colorado and Washington. Those two states were the first to legalize cannabis for non-medical use since it was banned in the 1930s. This is nothing short of historic and groundbreaking. However, before you go and book that flight to Denver or Seattle, keep in mind that it still remains illegal at the federal level and the feds say they will still enforce the federal law for the time being.
In other news, it looks like Puerto Rico wants to become the 51st state. We hope Congress and the President will agree to make it happen. Imagine if Puerto Rico actually was represented in Congress and the Electoral College, that could be a game-changer in the 2016 election. And the people there would be paying federal income taxes as a result of statehood, so federal revenues should increase. However, this is the fourth time that the island tried to change its status, so we don't know if this attempt will succeed.
Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and we clearly have a lot to be thankful for. Power to the people!