For some *strange* reason, I’ve been thinking about politics a lot recently.
I could go through the thought process, but I’m pretty tired, so I’ll jump to the end.
I think the purpose of laws is to:
1. Maintain social order.
2. Protect our freedoms.
And really that’s about it. I don’t think moral standpoints should be laws. I understand there is room to debate around these definitions. But I’m running with this theme until its inherent fallacies become clearer to me. I like it. It is a nice way to balance and think about laws. Does it maintain social order? Does it protect a freedom? Then it shouldn’t be a law.
So, I don’t actually recommend watching this.
But apparently my in-laws do.
It’s… pretty special.
This woman has five reasons she’s not voting for Obama: Life. Marriage. Israel. Freedom. America.
I don’t even know where to begin. Do you bother talking about these issues with someone who can make such ridiculous statements?
I hate how polarized politics is. Is it really so awful to have an actual discussion about policy? The ads they run… fuck. Both sides fling out the most ridiculous shit in the campiest way possible. None of it is real, none of it related to what they’ve done or what they’ll do.
I have trouble understanding how anyone could take these ads/videos seriously. There are so many strong, philosophical, intellectual issues you could use to combat policies you fear, policies you disagree with. It lacks showiness though…
Out of curiosity, do people make these videos about Romney?
I’m ‘friends’ with the relative of a good friend on facebook. This guy has serious addiction problems. At a few points that led to him losing his job. He collected unemployment and used the money to further his habit.
So on facebook today he’s griping about Obama and says, ‘That’s right, let’s give more free shit to losers who don’t work.’
I mean, I guess he’d know about people abusing a system designed for those really in need. Right?
Holy fucking shit, I hate hate hate (three times!) political ads. They’re awful.
You know what? Hollywood should start making that shit. At least then we’d have explosions and better drama. The voiceover dude who talks about how much shit is going to suck (HE WILL TAKE AWAY 35000 JOBS. WAITRESSING JOBS. REALTOR JOBS. YOUR JOB.)– whereas it could be:
In a world where Republicans control the Senate, where the Tea Party plots to destroy the meaning of Libertarian, where people believe that the Morning After Pill aborts a child, there came the One. A diamond in the rough, he fought his way through tax bill after tax bill, wheeled and dealed to make Health Care better. Highly intelligent, he changed the boundaries of the Presidency. Now, with the world on the brink of war, with the country drowning in debt, with jobs disappearing like David Blaine on a Monday, he’s the only one that can SAVE THE WORLD. [a high speed chase ends in a firey crash, Obama walks through the wrecked, torn and bloody, but holding the alien head in his hand, to raise up to show a thankful nation]
So much cooler.
They could do Bond too.
Pierce or Daniel? Such a tough choice.
So my in-laws were on fuego this weekend with the political shit.
Here’s my perspective. I’m liberal. And foreign. They’re down-home and republican. From conversations, I know way more about religions, which is not much, than they do. But I don’t belong to a religion and they do. So my play is to avoid those two topics.
I’m also, as it happens, a woo-man (think Madagascar) with advanced degrees in scientific areas.
So. When the father in law, a bit drunk, bellows that ‘OLD WHITE MEN ARE WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT’, yeah, I’m going to stand up and say, “I’m going inside. The old white men thing is too much for me.’ And when my mother in law refuses to understand, from a conversation with my husband, that voter fraud is ~1/5,000,000 and the voter i.d. law would prevent 5-12% of people from voting, it’s hard.
The vitriol. The love of Fox News. The ‘Liberal Media,’ that Christians are Republican, but they’re open minded because they’ve met some really nice Mormons… The absolute fucking hatred for anything not Conservative.
I’m not even anti what I’m starting to call the old Republican ideals. It’s a philosophy. States vs. government. Fiscal conservatism. Free markets. These arguments could win me over. But the ‘we’re Christian, we hate gays, we’re afraid of minorities, we’re afraid of immigration, and you, you fucking liberal asshole, more than anything we hate the fucking shit out of you.’
Why? It is so polarizing. It is so unnecessary. It is so anti-humanitarian. Depressing.
Quelle Surprise. BSA decided to uphold their ban on openly gay scout leaders and scouts. I think it’s wrong across the board but especially as it pertains to the scouts themselves.
Per the BSA themselves: The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
You know, unless they’re gay. Don’t help the gay youths. And teaching acceptance/tolerance/love never leads to a more conscientious, responsible, or productive society. Not at all.
First, I totally mistyped that title as Beasties at first and thought 1) it would be even cooler if we joined the Beastie Boys or 2) I had some weird image of me and Obama as under the bed monsters in a children’s book.
Seriously, I love that dude. I don’t think he’s perfect, I don’t agree with every policy but I do think he’s a good dude. When I was much younger I was talking to my father about religion and he told me he didn’t have the answers but that Jesus was a good dude that wanted us all to be nice to each other. And before I say this – I AM NOT COMPARING OBAMA TO JESUS -but i would describe him in the same way. I’m sure lots of you disagree with his politics and that’s fine, that’s beside the point (anyway, I will just totally not approve hate comments). The point is that I believe he does a lot from his heart, because he really believes it will help our country, because he really believes in us, as Americans. I loved Clinton too but I never got the same sense of altruism driving him. Now that I live in Chicago, Obama tales abound – about the kind words he sent to a teacher on medical leave when all the other parents were complaining about the change in Little Precious’ daily routine, about Michelle cleaning up herself and other people’s kids when they threw up all over- instead of just handing off the kid. I read this morning his remarks about how we succeed as a group not as individuals, how whether we like or not or can admit it or not none of us ever got anywhere without some kind of help – and I had that arrogant fangirl moment of I Was Just Saying This Clearly I Am A Genius.
Plus, holy hell, is he gracefully handling all the hate thrown at him. I’m not talking about the usual opposing politics hate. I’m talking about the marked difference in language that’s suddenly being used because the President is black. I’m talking about that bitch Jan Brewer pointing her finger in his face which would never have happened if he were white. I’m talking about the use of the word ‘boy’, the refusal to use the term Mr. President, the questioning of his religion, the authenticity of his race, and whether or not he’s a Muslim. I’m talking about racist hate. Deny it, that’s on your conscience- not mine- but he’s taking a level of ignorance and hatred not known before in US politics and handling it with aplomb. Such a stellar man.
So I wander around Chicago hoping for a casual run-in (on the rare occasions they’re here) which results in the Obamas inviting us for dinner and the four of us become BFFs. Sigh.
US, take note.
You know, there is all kinds of shit that happens in the world. There are horrific things that countries to do their citizens, to each other. The world, humans, can be the worst kind of evil. Then you throw in natural disasters, disease– events that devastate. It is good to know despite all of that, despite how hard life can be, people still fight for their rights in society. And they succeed.
A victory like that feels like a breath of quiet in the chaos.
Coming from a Catholic family and being v. liberal, I have tons of thoughts on the Catholic church.
Those thoughts are irrelevant here.
All that I want to say is that I love the headlines in this discussion:
Crackdown on American Nuns
American nuns come out swinging against the Vatican
Vatican criticizes American nuns’ sex book
And on. Love it.
Why yes, I did use a pic from Nuns on the Run. Two actors I love. Shit, did you watch Cracker? That show was awesome.
So I was reading this morning about a woman in Detroit who was viciously attacked including being set on fire and it reminded me that I’ve read that murder is one of the top causes of death for pregnant women. But the political focus is on abortion not violence against women.
And then I started thinking about slut-shaming and all the advice about not going to bars from people who don’t think rape is a woman’s fault but do think she should try to avoid it. I didn’t realize there were times when I wasn’t avoiding being sexually violated and attacked.
I thought about the times when women are accused of lying about sexual assault and how, statistically, less than 6% of reports are false. I thought about how I agree lying is bad, especially lying about such a horrible crime and then I thought about how many times I’ve doubted a woman or, even more, excessive, how often I’ve heard others doubt. How the conversation has been about what happens to that poor accused man. But at 6% – I’m wrong, they’re wrong, we’re all wrong and I’ve just re-victimized some poor woman. But let’s focus on the liars and forget about the men that rape.
And then I thought some about domestic violence and the myriad of issues that come with it. I thought about how our society has recently sent the message that pummeling the shit out of someone’s face isn’t worthy of jail time or even remorse.
I know. I live in a male-dominated society. I get paid less. I have less autonomy over my body. I matter less. But at the end of the day, I have to remind myself that I am half of this society, half of the US, half of the world. And I want at least half of the conversation to be about the men. I want to hear about the sentence terms for a man who commits a crime like that against the Detroit woman. I want him to go to jail longer than I would if I got caught with pot. I want the political bills to not get stalled when they provide services for women. I want services for women of violence to not be determined by an old white man. I want to talk not just about how our culture shapes women’s life-long body issues but also about what signs we’re sending about violence and rape and domination. I want half of the conversation to be about how we teach our men better, how to be better. I want to talk about self-defense and raising a daughter who can throw a killer right hook. I want to talk about better paternity leave as well as maternity leave. I want to hear proposals for better maternity insurance and I want to see magazines about being a better dad and encouraging dads as parents. I want to talk about women in the media and celebrity and how early we’re fucking up our children with these messages. I want to see us as a half, instead of less. I don’t want more, just half. Just equal.