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Election 2016: I’m with . . .

My opinion doesn’t matter. You’ve already dug in your heels, put up your blinders, and decided that, no matter what, you will not be swayed –  not by facts, not by conjecture, not by emotion. So my opinion doesn’t matter. But my vote does.

My vote matters, and almost more importantly, I’m not voting against someone. I’m not between a rock and a hard place. I’m proudly and firmly voting for a candidate.

While it’s unlikely I’ll have children, I have plenty of bountifully fertile friends. I have a nephew on the way. And I want to be able to look at those children – those perfect little humans, untainted by the prejudices, fears, and judgments of adulthood – and tell them that I voted with my heart, for them.

By the time they’re old enough, I hope they’ll be voting in a third- or fourth-party system, with a Congress that acts to benefit society because each senator and representative, finally subject to term limits, craves a better world to which they’ll return once their service is complete.

But more than that, I want them to be in a world where there is objective accountability for our police force, where all lives finally do matter and those important distinctions no longer need to be made. Where people can be intimate and share their lives with whomever they please without judgment and belittlement. Where religion isn’t used to divide, but to bring together.

This new world is going to have a scary transition period. There are so many white men who are terrified of losing their place of power and privilege and will do literally anything they can to keep a fingerhold on the edge of superiority. But eventually, one by one, they’ll fall, and an era of gender and racial equality will arrive.  The rest of us will know that there was never anything to be scared of at all.

Your children deserve a world where each person is valued the same. Notice I didn’t say a country. A world. We’re humans. Citizens of Earth. Homo Sapiens. We live in a global society, and we should embrace the move to globalization as a species. The only downside will be those who cling to nationalism in lieu of depth, or a personality, and in the long run, they’ll be just fine.

In this world that I can almost see, squinting my eyes against the dark, terrible sides and focusing on the bright, beautiful potential, we won’t assign more rights to a piece of barely viable tissue than a black adult man or someone from a religion different than yours. We’ll use the scientific tools and massive advancements at our disposal to better our society as a whole, not profit off of the weak and needy, building a home for all of us, where science, discovery, exploration, and expanding knowledge trumps superstition, fear, and ignorance.

As your children grow older, they’ll strive for greatness, getting the quality education they deserve without the yoke of student loans beating them into an early grave. And when they get sick, your children and their children can see a doctor without having to prioritize their health over groceries.

This future will still have the right to bear arms, but with some long overdue reasonability and understanding. Just like our First Amendment right to free speech, limited by being in a private home or workplace, by being obscene, by yelling fire in a crowded theater, by creating a clear and present danger, the Second Amendment needs some perspective. Bear your arms, but with limits, if only to prevent the deaths of children at the expense of those who misguidedly grasp at liberty.

Your children will be in a world where those who make the most money and who have benefited the most from the benefits and strengths of capitalization also contribute the most in taxes and support for others. Where nobody is afraid to report a sexual assault, where punishment is representative of the crime, and where we’ve decriminalized the drugs that do less harm than the pharmaceutical industry. Where our veterans get the medical treatment they deserve, educators get paid as they should, and the people have the power, not the corporations and sinking captains of industry.

I will be able to look your children in the eyes and say that I voted with my conscience and my heart for the betterment of humanity, not with my wallet. Not with the shadow of fear and hatred that can be dispersed with knowledge and research. I voted with an eye to the future, not a desperate need to return to the rose-tinted memory of an awful past. I voted for equality, acceptance, love, and generations to come, not for posturing and fearmongering, pride in belittling others, and a lack of accountability.

I have already cast my vote, and I sleep soundly at night with the confidence that when my candidate wins, our era of progress and achievement will continue, not have its flow staunched by ignorance and unintelligence.

I’m with her. I hope you will be too.

Not for yourself. For your children. For everyone.

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I’m aware this may end up getting some controversial responses, but keep it civil. Any hateful speech will result in deletion and/or blocking, at my own discretion. Be the reasonable adult I know you can be.

 

 

The Pledge of Allegiance: A Few Footnotes

I1 pledge2 allegiance3 to the Flag4 of the United5 States6 of America7, and to the Republic8 for which it stands9, one Nation10 under God11, indivisible12, with liberty13 and justice14 for all15.

  1. I, and everyone who holds the same beliefs as me, except for the people on Facebook I told to unfriend me because I don’t want to expose myself to different opinions,
  2. Pledge, swear, promise, vow, and commit myself entirely, sometimes in psychotic and terrifyingly irrational ways,
  3. Allegiance, to the point of either deciding that means that anyone who doesn’t live here and subscribe to the same belief system must be crushed under our collective heel until they swear fealty, or taking the extreme opposite that allegiance is what Hitler would have wanted, without having the wherewithal to understand that allegiance to a country is a good thing,
  4. To the Flag, but also to other symbols that I would like to have allegiance to, like political parties, “symbols” of heritage, the dollar bill, and anything else that I decide is representative, no matter how wrong I am, unless I want to be controversial by burning it, in which case, I’m doing the exact opposite of pledging allegiance,
  5. United, but only in the sense that I would rather spit invective at people who pledge allegiance to the same flag if they live differently, believe differently, or support different political parties than I do, which I realize means it’s not really united at all but I somehow take pride in that,
  6. States, except of course for any state that I deem too liberal or conservative, based solely on my political preferences and whatever I’m mindlessly sucking down from my preferred biased teat of “information”, and I wish those states would just secede from my country and become their own country, because I am an idiot with no understanding of what actually makes our country great and powerful,
  7. America, which can mean anything from bald eagles and guns to fields of grain to a melting pot of ideologies, religions, and philosophies that is welcoming to everyone of every creed, and can even mean other countries in the same continent, but I like to pretend we’re the only one that matters, and that the only people who are truly American are those who want to do exactly what I say and believe,
  8. To the Republic, which is to say, our government elected and chosen by the people who live here, except if it’s someone I didn’t vote for, because even though that person may still be the President, I’d rather try to destroy my own country instead of remembering the allegiance I promised to it, because I’m incapable of seeing a big picture,
  9. For which it stands, except for which times it stands for something that I don’t like, even though tolerance and freedom to be different is exactly and precisely what it stands for, so I’m hypocritical in every sense of the word,
  10. One Nation, except for the Muslims and the blacks and the hispanics and the rednecks and the conservatives and the liberals and the hippies and the women and the children and the Jews and the Catholics and the Christians and all of the other groups into which I have decided I would like to splinter my fellow Americans,
  11. Under God, but only my god and not your god and god forbid if you don’t believe in god or don’t know what you believe, and ignoring the fact that this phrase was slowly incorporated into the pledge until it was amended officially by Congress barely sixty years ago, and never mind that even if you are someone who believes something different, if I was a good believer, I’d still love you as is,
  12. Indivisible, and you’d think that maybe I would understand by now how much our country depends on us being one voice made up of every different race, religion, gender, creed, affirmation, and identity, because that’s the only way we can be truly great, but divisiveness, directly contrary to the spirit of my country, is all that I can support,
  13. Liberty, which I like to take to mean that I’m free to speak my mind, but others who say something opposing need to leave, and even though liberty is freedom from restrictions imposed by authority on one’s life, behavior, or political views, I don’t want people to be free to do what they want unless they’re my people,
  14. Justice, but pretending that justice isn’t blind like it’s supposed to be, so I can fail to comprehend that not everything is cut and dry, and that saying black lives matter doesn’t mean that other lives don’t, but also not all cops are thugs, and sometimes the biggest criminals are the people behind the people to whom we’re pledging our fealty,
  15. For All, but not really, just for the few I’ve decided are good enough to be considered American, even if that means that the diversity of ideas, philosophies, religions, and experiences that made America great goes away and I’m just left with the people with whom I agree, because I’m too stupid to understand that when that becomes the case, we’ll just all find more reasons to split into smaller and smaller groups, constantly looking at our differences rather than the things that should bring us together.

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Why I’m Voting For Barack Obama In The 2012 Presidential Election

I try to avoid political discussions. Religions and politics tend to be topics where the arguments are filled with passion and blind faith backed by little factual evidence, and convincing the other party to change his or her mind has an almost infinitesimal chance of success. Typically, when the conversation turns to politics, I turn away.

So why write about my choice for President of the United States of America and start this conversation? It’s not for the undecided voters – if you still haven’t made up your mind about where your vote is going, you’re an idiot. It’s not for the decided voters – as I said above, I’m not going to change your mind if you disagree. It’s for me.

This post is the beginning, the end, and the extent of my political conversation. I’m going to vote, I know who is getting my vote, and here’s why. I’m not going to argue about it, and I’m not going to engage you in any other way beyond this post and its comments.  Read my words and react how you will – agree, disagree, be indifferent, get enraged, whatever. I’m making my opinion clear and I’m leaving it at that.

At first glance, I would seem to be the perfect Republican. I am a highly educated single white heterosexual male who owns a small business and earns an upper middle class income. I come from a traditional family with a mother and father who are still happily married after thirty-seven years. I want to get remarried someday and have children of my own, and I want them to grow up in a world of security and prosperity.

However, I place more importance on my children growing up in a world of tolerance and unconditional love where we respect the differences of others, not fear and hate them. Where someone’s race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation doesn’t make them an object of ridicule or prejudice. Where the Bible isn’t used inappropriately and inaccurately as a weapon of hate. A world that prides itself on being a global community of human beings, not a jingoistic xenophobe’s paradise comprised of us versus them.

I want a government that is there to support me, not tell me what I can or cannot do in my own home and bedroom. I want to know that if I were to become destitute, I could count on my government to make sure I stayed healthy, nourished, and motivated to change my situation. And I want a government that actually works together to improve our way of life instead of engaging in ideological saber rattling that hurts us all.

Over the past four years, I have seen President Obama try to compromise and work with Congress to help this country, and I have seen his opponents act ignorantly and prevent him from accomplishing as much as he could, just because they are from a different political party. Who are these people that are so arrogant that they put their own ideology ahead of the desperate needs of the American people? When did the welfare of our own country become second to the aspirations of those in Washington?

I remain impressed that, despite the blatant bigotry, machinations and illogical actions of an opposing party that has gone off the rails, President Obama managed to stop our economy in mid-freefall and reverse its direction. He has demonstrated a foresight and wisdom that saved both the automotive and banking industries even while fighting an uphill battle against members of both parties who were focused purely on re-election. But that’s not why I’m voting for Barack Obama in November.

I am voting to re-elect President Obama because of the future. Years from now, I want to be able to tell my child that yes, there was a time when some Americans were treated like second-class citizens and provided fewer rights just because they happened to be homosexual. And yes, all Muslims used to be called terrorists even though the religion of Islam is a peaceful one. And yes, as strange as it may seem, in the past, you could actually go bankrupt and die from a perfectly treatable illness because not every American had comprehensive medical coverage. I want my child to be able to look in my eyes and see that during that time of ignorance, intolerance, and blind hatred, I voted with my heart and my conscience, not, as some will this November, with irrational fear and misplaced indignation.

Our world will never be a perfect one. It can, however, be a tolerant and loving one, and in my opinion, that’s the only type of world to vote for.

I am voting for Barack Obama for President in 2012

Headlines: The Rush Limbaugh Effect

rush-limbaugh-sucks-up-goodWhen I try to come up with posts for each day, I will usually spend some time on CNN or other news sites and see if any articles catch my eye. Tonight, there wasn’t shit going on, so I decided to head over to Rush Limbaugh’s website and see if there was anything amusing that might inspire me.

Nothing jumped out at me as being anything particularly entertaining – it was frustrating to see how he has turned fearmongering into an art and hypocrisy into a science. (Not that the fundamentalist leftist commentators are any better, but Rush is the best spoken out of all of them.)

I thought it might be interesting to put on Rush’s thrice-divorced OxyContin-addicted glasses and see how he talks about family values and condemns people who are addicted without his head exploding. Let’s see how Rush would rewrite these innocuous headlines that I’ve pulled from CNN.com:

Original Headline and Summary

Jackson’s resting place may not be his last

Seventy days after his sudden death, Michael Jackson will be interred in what may or may not be his final resting place Thursday evening. Only his family and closest friends are attending the private burial inside the ornate Great Mausoleum on the grounds of Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California…

Rush Limbaugh Headline

Even after death, black man moves around, probably avoiding bill collectors and repo men.

Original Headline and Summary

High praise for football player who disarmed girl with gun on bus

A Mississippi high school quarterback is being hailed as a hero for saving a school bus full of elementary and high school students from a gun-wielding girl. Surveillance camera footage on the Yazoo County school bus on Tuesday captured 18-year-old Kaleb Eulls tackling the 14-year-old girl while the children evacuated the bus.

Rush Limbaugh Headline

Fanatic leftist and activist infringes upon 2nd amendment rights of young innocent girl.

Original Headline and Summary

Muslim teen fears for life after changing religion

A Muslim teenager from Ohio says her father threatened to kill her because she converted to Christianity. Rifqa Bary, 17, ran away from her family in Columbus, Ohio, in July and took refuge in the central Florida home of the Rev. Blake Lorenz with the Global Revolution Church in Orlando.

Rush Limbaugh Headline

Suspected terrorist targets God-fearing American child, declares fatwah.

Original Headline and Summary

‘Airplane view’ of Mars yields stunning images

What would you see if you could fly over Mars in a plane and look out the window? It must be something like the thousands of curious, intriguing and spectacular images taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera mounted on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Rush Limbaugh Headline

Government waste at work: Sightseeing photos of the Planet Marxist

Original Headline and Summary

Stranger allegedly slaps crying child in store

A Georgia man allegedly slapped a toddler at a Walmart store because she wouldn’t stop crying, authorities said. Roger Stephens, 61, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree cruelty to children. An incident report obtained from police in Gwinnett County indicated Stephens did not know the 2-year-old girl he stands accused of hitting.

Rush Limbaugh Headline

Hero villified by left-wing media and harassed by Obama’s stormtrooper police force.

Original Headline and Summary

Sexual minigame costs publisher $20 million

Take-Two Interactive has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a sexual minigame that was mistakenly included in the 2004 title “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” The minigame, dubbed “Hot Coffee,” simulates sex between title character Carl “CJ” Johnson and his in-game girlfriend after she invites him in for a cup of coffee. The sexual content was inaccessible without manipulating the game’s code, but that didn’t stop a media frenzy in 2005 when parents heard there was “porn” in their child’s video game.

Rush Limbaugh Headline

Porn peddler and poisoner of our children’s minds gets off with slap on wrist. More reparations are needed for Americans!

Original Headline

Bear encounters in Alaska

Rush Limbaugh Headline

With hero Sarah Palin gone, family-destroying gays flock to Alaska.


And now your requisite daily Halloween Party blurb:

The End of an Error

Since most members of my family are rabidly Republican, Thanksgiving this year should be very fun for those of us who voted for Obama. I’m thinking of ordering one of my own T-shirts just to wear to dinner.

If you also have Republican family members, don’t you want to order one of these to wear for the next two months?