It's sad that the first thought that comes into my mind after hearing about six people receiving the Presidential Medal of Honor is to wonder how horribly they must have screwed up. After George W. Bush awarding the medal to several major screw-ups, the automatic reflex is to think that he likes people screwing up America. I know it's stupid to automatically think that the medal recipients must have done something really bad (no doubt most of the recipients did some really good work). I blame Bush.
I wonder if South Korean president Lee Myung-bak will be able to get his government back on track? His record might indicate that he's a great businessman, which is probably the reason he got elected, but so far he seems to be terrible as a politician. Will he be able to get back some of the public confidence, or will he continue to be as unpopular or even more so as the previous South Korean president at the end of his term?
The drop in the approval rating of South Korean president Lee Myung-bak from about 50% to 20% in a little over three months is rather impressive. Elected with the largest margin of victory among South Korean presidents, he's becoming unpopular really fast.
A proposed constitutional amendment managed to get on the ballot. Considering that an initiative needs get more than half a million signatures to become a ballot measure, it's slightly depressing to think that so many people want to restrict the happiness of others. It would be understandable if gay marriages could bring harm to society, but there's no real reason why this would be so.
What's more depressing is that a measure to ban gay marriages actually passed in 2000. I'll be charitable and assume that this was only because the whole concept was so new that people couldn't get their head around it. I'm definitely going to vote against the proposed amendment, and I have a feeling a lot more people would be agreeing with me come this November than in 2000.