The election was two days ago, and I feel compelled to give my views. Let me preface by saying I’m a political major whose views lean heavily on the left end of the spectrum. I’ve been called a communist in recent times, and I’ll admit that it’s pretty accurate. At the very least, I don’t mind socialism if it helps out the common man. Sure, that’ll dip into my pockets when I’m a billionaire, but the overall good of mankind is a great reason for responsible, progressive taxation.
Kudos to President Barack Hussein Obama II. Why the full name? Because the conservative media has been diligent in pointing his distinctly un-American name and possible Muslim leanings. I’ll go on the record of saying his name was a shock at first, but his values were far from it. Seeing as I didn’t wholly hate Saddam Hussein as he too was a victim of Bush, the middle name was not a deterrent. And if he was Muslim, that would not bother me, either. Religion should never be a deciding point in politics, as it offers a potential belief system, but does not ultimately decide if a person is good or bad. Again, congrats to Obama, and may he have a partisan Congress and Supreme Court to help thwart his sleepless nights. Sure, partisanship isn’t something to strive for, but the Bush Administration ran unchecked for six years. I wouldn’t mind to see what the Democrats could do with such power. Also, it was nice hearing John McCain sounding like the real John McCain. To you as well, Senator, good luck; you return to a Senate and GOP that no longer holds you in high esteem.
Recalling my previous sentiments on religion, I am ashamed to be a Californian. Why? Proposition 8 passed, which effectively eliminated same-sex marriage. Any girl I encounter would not hesitate in branding me a whoremonger. In fact, I take pride in that title. What I do *not* take pride in is stripping rights from other people. Gays getting married doesn’t truly affect anyone other than those getting married. I don’t believe the prop would have mandated churches to oversee these unions, so there is much ado about nothing.
Continuing, the fears held by overzealous nutjobs in regards to their children are unfounded. Sadly, this would’ve helped children; show them how to tolerate themselves and others. The suicide rate of kids keep rising because of intolerance, and one factor is that some are questioning their sexuality and can’t comprehend their feelings. The schools teaching acceptable difference is only a fallacy to those who abide unconditionally by a book once written by people who thought the world was flat. And the field trip thing…parents have to sign off on the trips their kids take; blame the parents…and don’t use past Massachusetts examples.
Protecting traditional marriage in a state that has a 78% divorce rate…admirable, I guess. But so is willfully discriminating against them. I guess this particularly hits me hard because I had a tense discussion with my mother about the matter; she voted yes on the proposition. She said the idea that gays are the new blacks is insulting and “something those people want you to believe. I read it on the internet.” Now, I thought she was joking. I figured after all these years, I had finally brought her around to be more tolerant. Instead, I lost my mother to bigotry. The disdain she had for us who wanted tolerance is alarming, yet unsurprising. She is a Bible-thumper, and proudly said she voted no because she’s “a Christian.” Needless to say, I rejected her overtures when she asked me to take her to dinner; I can’t eat dinner with…well…I’ll reserve a word.
My idea is this: why did this go to a vote? Sometimes, democracy could be the worst tool at a society’s disposal, because not everybody has the education required to be competent. There had to have been away to decree gay marriage legal in pursuant of the Fourteenth Amendment. But for that to work, someone has to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act from 1996. There had to have been a way…if it worked for Brown v. Board of Education, it’ll work here.
We’re so close to complete tolerance it’s scary. The question is, how scared is the opposition? Skibbedebebop. Much later.
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