Our neighbor and I were talking tonight and although I hate to admit it, because I don’t think we’re too backwater, he’s a little bit white trash. We don’t have a ton to talk about so I brought up Proposition 8. Figured we’re both around 40, middle class, white men, we should be able to at least talk about this without anyone getting too ignorant. Boy, was I wrong.
I’m against Proposition 8 – let people marry who they want. He’s for it – believes there’s something wrong with the law. Figuring that didn’t make much sense I asked, “what do you think is wrong with the law?” Now, I’m not much of a legal mind, but his response saying “it’s not written correctly” sounded odd to me. He’s married to a Fillipino, so I added in there, “how would you feel if they said you couldn’t stay married to your wife because she’s not the same race?”
The California debate over Proposition 8, banning same sex marriage, is raging at full force, and it would appear that both sides have a few idiots shouting their opinions through services like Craigslist.org. Ten minutes of reading is enough to make anyone’s head spin, so uncensoredrants.com is going to troll around there a bit and see if we can’t bring some of the more intelligent responses here for moderation and review. Tell us your opinions and why you’re voting for or against Proposition 8.
With the economy worse off now then any time in recent history, it is quite obvious that Americans are buckling down and worried about their future. For many that also means that they’re worried about their finances and about the potential for any increase in taxes. It’s obvious to me that regardless of who is elected into office – taxes are going to change. They will either change in how much the average American pays or how the dollars are used once they get collected. Either could be good or bad.
Frankly, I’ve often thought of this as a double-edged sword. Taxes are important for the government services that we want (demand) and yet almost everyone I know, at one time or another, complains about how much they pay in taxes. What I never hear people complaining about is how those tax dollars are being spent. Very few average, Joe six-pack Americans scream as loudly about waste, pork-barrel spending, and economics as they do about how much they’re paying into the system. Stop that waste and it’s likely that taxes wouldn’t have to increase.
Win or lose, Sarah Palin seems ready to stick around Washington as Reuters is now reporting and that it’s likely, regardless of discouragement seemingly being offered by the citizens of America, that she thinks she stands a chance.
“I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we’ve taken … I’m not doing this for naught,” Palin told ABC News in a taped interview airing on Thursday.
At the same time, she has also been quoted multiple times as saying, “”I truly believe that the wisdom of the people will be revealed on that day.” If they vote Obama into office, are the American people still wise?
At this point I think there is more to the Sarah Palin story. It’s just not obvious yet what that story is. Although, from what I can see today it would seem that she’s more likely to stay in the limelight for a bit and then it is quite likely that she will slip back into obscurity sometime in the future. Just a feeling, but eventually the criticism that she’s been taking will take its toll.
West Hollywood isn’t the most conservative area of the country and the mostly gay community isn’t usually full of people protesting the treatment of ultra-conservative, Republican Christians like Sarah Palin, but some neighbors recently went protesting to the home of Chad Michael Morisette, a professional window display designer, who has a life-size mannequin of Palin in front of his house. No, they’re not upset that a representation of Palin has come into their neighborhood – they’re upset because Sarah Palin is hanging from a noose wrapped around her neck with McCain right above her.
“They told us we respect you as artists, we’re just concerned about the effect on the community,” Morrisette said. “I don’t resent them. I’m not angry at them. I respect their rights.” Morrisette, 28, said he talked by phone last night with West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang. He said Prang told them that he respected his first amendment rights but urged him to take down the display. “He said, “Think of the bigger picture,’” Morrisette said. “I told the mayor I will have it down by 8 a.m. Saturday. He said, ‘Thank you, the sooner the better.”
Happy Halloween, Sarah Palin.
Following some of the dumber ideas that I’ve seen in recent years, Heidi Klum and Seal are following the bandwagon started by Susan Sarandon, Stephen Baldwin, and Michael Stipe saying that they’re going to leave the country if John McCain wins the Presidency. Hearing that I wish that they’d follow Tina Fey who says she’s leaving the planet.
Of course, I think it’s important to note that Seal can’t even vote in the election. If he’s not willing to take the steps necessary then I think he should just shut his pie hole keep his opinions to himself. As for Heidi, I wonder if she is even going to vote, although after hearing her reasons for wanting to meet/get to know her husband I have to wonder to myself – is this really the person that I want trying to decide who should be our next president? Do you?
As for the rest of you threatening to leave if McCain is elected, and I don’t want McCain in office, either, the only thing I would take time out to say is this – America isn’t great because of our President or the people we put in charge. America is great because of the citizens and what they bring to the table. The government only goes so far and then it is our responsibility to make this country great. We provider the work, the workforce, the financial freedom, the passion, and the commitment to make the country great. Don’t give up on that because the person you want isn’t on top – do you share, live your life, and make this country what you want it to be. Because, no matter who is elected, this is the greatest country on earth.
Too bad for John McCain that the majority of Americans have a different opinion – or they don’t believe he’s ready either, but they want him to be President anyway. Who knows, but tough luck. The Boston Herald is running an article under the heading of Political Intelligence talking about how McCain and his supporters are questioning “whether my [sic] opponent in this election has the wisdom or judgment to serve as Commander in Chief.” This coming from the 72 year old, cancer survivor whose beauty-queen running mate didn’t get her passport until this year? Does McCain have the wisdom or judgment to take the country to the next level? Because it sure doesn’t seem that he has the backup.
If McCain is going to use this as his next attack against Obama, he really should take a long, hard look at Sarah Palin and make sure he’s not opening doors that he doesn’t want visited.
If you weren’t a little frightened yesterday, today might be your day. The New York Times is suggesting that “Win or Lose, Many See Palin as Future of Party.” The article goes on to say that this candidacy is her entrance to national politics and that her prospects are just begining. This seems a little premature, especially in light of how much scandal she seems to have caused, but only time will tell. From my perspective, Matthew Dowd, a former bush Strategist, summed it up best:
“She’s an attractive woman who can give a great speech, but the American public doesn’t view her much beyond that,” Mr. Dowd said. “She’s vastly unpopular among moderate and independent voters, and while she could be in a position to be popular among an increasingly smaller Republican Party, she’s got to figure out a way to extend that and figure out a way to strengthen her weaknesses.”
In 2000, for the fourth time in history, the winner of the popular vote didn’t win the electoral college or the Presidency, resulting in George W. Bush being elected President of the United States. Very few are talking about this as a possibility in the upcoming election, but as MSNBC reports, some observers are beginning to wonder – could it happen again?
Their article, and other like it, go on to suggest that perhaps McCain is using the electoral college and campaigning to win in the places that would matter enough to allow him a chance of taking the 270 electoral votes necessary. Fortunately, the mathematical experts are suggesting that it’s very unlikely that a split vote could happen, while at the same time admitting that the polls are only so accurate.
By all accounts, Barack Obama is a new-comer in politics and lacks any real experience in government. Some say this makes him a bad candidate. Most established politicians say this makes him unqualified. Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans seem to have their own opinion on whether Barack Obama is qualified and capable of running the United States of America.
Yet, there are others, that feel differently but are still voting for Barack. A die-hard democrat, grade school teacher that I talked to told me that she isn’t voting for Obama because he’s qualified or the right person to lead the country; she’s voting for Obama because she doesn’t want to see McCain/Palin in office and a yes vote for Obama is a no vote for McCain.
Interesting perspective to say the least, but looking at the records it begs the question of how many Americans are feeling the same way – as though neither candidate is outstanding, but the one they’ve picked is the lesser of two evils and ultimately who they’re going to vote for. It’s definitely a sad day for America when voting Americans aren’t voting for who they want to see in office but against who they don’t.