Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Protect Marriage... by voting No on 8

In the state of nature...all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law. Charles de Montesquieu (1689 - 1755)

It's been difficult for me to write about Proposition 8, because I just can't wrap my head around the idea that some people think America should amend our federal and state constitutions to discriminate against an entire group of people. It shocks and horrifies me to think about those who think it's OK to actually write injustice into the constitution, corrupting the foundational documents of democracy. Will the next step be repealing the 14th Amendment that states "no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States... nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.?" Isn't that what they'd have to do to make Proposition 8 stand? Deny equal protection under the laws?

Proposition 8 makes a mockery of American democracy. How can it be right or just for a government to tell adult citizens who they can or can not marry?

Not only does it blow my mind that there are actually Americans who don't understand or appreciate the importance of the basic democratic concept of equal protection under the law, but how do these people who think of themselves as Christian rationalize the bigotry and hatefulness inherent in what they're trying to do? I try not to pick on any religion too much because I know that leads to over-generalizations, but that's who's funding this hateful bigotry. The majority of the financial support has come from the Mormon and Catholic churches, but sadly, Proposition 8 is manifestly un-Christian. It worries me that some churches apparently have the money and the soapbox to take away fundamental American rights and values that conflict with their church dogma.

How can anyone try to deny other people the love, commitment and security of marriage, and still think of themselves as messengers of God's love? How can any person who considers themselves Christian deny the sanctity of love? The sacredness of marriage is not found in any church or in any ceremony, nor is it granted by another person. That's an incredibly shallow notion. The love that leads two people to marry is what's sacred, and no person has any right to judge the appropriateness of another person's love. This is not just about the's about protecting the sanctity of ALL marriages. Even the marriages of people you don't personally like or approve of. That's the American way, and that's the Christian way. Proposition 8 is un-American and un-Christian, and I urge everyone to VOTE on November 4 and to vote NO on Proposition 8.

Yes indeed... protect marriage....everyone's. This video was made by a co-worker who was married this past September, and he's asking you to vote to protect his marriage too. It's a more than reasonable demand.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Truth About ACORN

Monday, October 20, 2008

Progressive Voters Guide

Just a quick note, as I'm on the road again, but wanted to share this great voter's guide with you. Election day is right around the corner! Courage Campaign has published a California Progressive Voter's Guide with recommendations on the 12 ballot initiatives. It's well done and very informative. You can download a pdf that you can take with you to the polls, or you can get the guide on your mobile phone by texting VOTECA to 69866.

Once again, Courage Campaign steps up and does a great job of getting important information out to California voters. Way to go!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Who really supports the troops?

Last week while Cindy McCain was standing on a stage claiming that her "blood ran cold" over Barack Obama's lack of support for the troops, including her own son, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America were releasing their Report Card on how U.S. representatives and senators voted this year on issues for those who've come home from these conflicts.

Every year the IAVA announces their legislative goals for veterans, and this past year there were many important pieces of legislation for military veterans including a New GI Bill, suicide prevention legislation, funds for the treatment of traumatic brain injury, and help for homeless vets. At the end of the year, they simply grade our representatives on how they voted on these predetermined issues.

Contrary to popular belief, honest and concrete support from representatives come from their votes, not their flapping mouths. Words mean nothing if actions don't back them up, and John McCain's words don't amount to much since he received a D this year. At least in part, this appears to be a result of him missing important votes while he was campaigning. In contrast, Obama earned a B. Personally, I appreciate a president that can multi-task. The thought of having a president that can't manage competing, important tasks makes my blood run a little cold, Cindy.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

She's baaaaack...

My last post was May 15th?!? How did this happen?

Actually, I know how it happened. It's a series of things. Work has been beyond insane, and all my brain power is used up every day by 6 pm. I've had the ever-popular family and financial issues. My hubby got laid off from his job. I'm considering cashing out my IRA before it's completely gone. I could keep it under my mattress. Maybe grandma was right afterall.

In other words, I've been preoccupied, exhausted and busy. Not necessarily in that order.

Then in August my mom had a stroke. She's in a rehab hospital in Idaho, which is much too far away for my liking. I'll be going up to see her again next week. She's improving but it's been extremely rough.

Jeez, that looks really bad all written down like that. No wonder I've been kind of crabby.

Speaking of crabby, I've still been reading the news. Good lordy. The economy is in freefall. We have Wall Street on welfare. McCain and Palin are swing wildly from hilarious to terrifying and back again....and again....and again. The right wing zealots are out in force. How can I NOT write about this stuff?

I'll try to do better. I promise. My husband is sick of listening to me rant anyway.

In the meantime, here's a little something from me to you.