Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Arkansas
March 8, 2010

God bless those of us
living blue in a red state.
Show thy neighbor love.

Hillary Speaks for Me
February 26, 2008

So, it seems that Barack Obama has momentum on his side.  It seems that if he can win the Texas and Ohio primaries, then he will be the Democratic nominee.   It seems that I’m the only one who still can’t back Barack.   At least it seemed that way to me until I went to this website:

http://www.hillaryspeaksforme.com/

It seems that there are thousands of people out there who are still supporting Hillary.  Thank God!  I truly believe that the best choice for our country is Hillary Clinton.   I don’t believe that Obama would be a bad president, I just don’t believe that he would be as good as Hillary.

And, let me just say that I know that over the past week, it has seemed silly for the Clinton campaign to make a big deal about Obama’s speeches not being original, but I get it.   Obama has motivated people because they believe that he believes his words, but honestly they aren’t his words.   Now, I know that “borrowing” words is nothing new.  But, it’s not just one to two phrases.  It’s multiple phrases, entire passages from speeches given by other politicians, authors and even movie scripts. 

This, along with his incorrect fliers about Hillary’s plan to acheive universal health care, and involvement with his involvement with that crooked politician in Chicago, really makes me wonder, can I support him if he is the Democratic nominee?  I don’t know.  Here’s hoping that the best person, no matter who it is, will emerge as the Democratic nominee and eventual president.

Hillary’s Letter to The Gays
February 11, 2008

An Open Letter to the LGBT Community: I Want to Be Your President!    
by Senator Hillary Clinton   

As I have traveled around the country these past twelve months, what I sensed in my heart has been confirmed. America is embracing its LGBT sons and daughters with an acceptance and understanding as never before.

On the campaign trail, a father of a gay son will ask about ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. A woman will ask why she can be discriminated against just because of who she is. Sometimes they wait furtively for the crowd to thin and then whisper their confidences in a soft voice and sometimes they stand up proudly at town meetings and want me to share my views on how I will help lead the change to assure that this country fulfills its promise to everyone.

Let me tell you what I have been telling voters across America. I am fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of LGBT Americans. For seven long years, the Bush Administration has tried to divide us – only seeing people who matter to them. It’s been a government of the few, by the few, and for the few. And no community has been more invisible to this administration than the LGBT community.

I will change that. The best evidence of what I will do as President is what I have already done.

I am proud of my record as First Lady, as a U.S. Senator and as a candidate for President in working toward the fair and equal treatment of LGBT Americans.

· I am proud that as Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee in 2006, I worked closely with LBGT community to develop a smart strategy that defeated the Federal Marriage Amendment. I am proud of fighting the FMA as divisive wedge politics at its worst.

· I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligation Act which would grant the same benefits (including health insurance) to domestic partners of federal employees that are currently offered to employees’ legal spouses.

· I am proud to have authored the Early Treatment for HIV Act, which expands access to vital treatment options for low-income individuals living with HIV, and fought to fully fund the Ryan White CARE Act.

· I am proud that I hired a National Director of LGBT Outreach within a month of announcing my candidacy for President and to have openly gay and lesbian staffers serving at all levels of my campaign.

· I am proud to have a National LGBT Steering Committee of over 130 that includes openly LGBT elected officials, Board members and opinion leaders on issues ranging from transgender rights, to HIV/AIDS, to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.

· I am proud to have marched in Gay Pride parades as both First Lady and as Senator and to have spoken in front of so many LGBT audiences ranging from the Human Rights Campaign, Empire State Pride Agenda, the Hetrick Martin Institute, PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis), and the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

· I am proud to have fought Republican efforts to demonize and marginalize the LGBT community, and I will continue to do that as President.

We have so much work to do. When I am President, we will work together to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits and that nothing stands in the way of loving couples who want to adopt children in need. We’re going to expand our federal hate crimes legislation and pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and assure that they are both fully inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. And finally, we will put an end to the failed policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice – the traits that define our men and women in uniform – have nothing to do with sexual orientation.

My father was a conservative Republican, who held very traditional views for much of his life. Yet in his last years, it was a gay couple who lived next door who provided much of the compassion and comfort he and my mother needed as he grew ill. And it was that same neighbor who held his hand as he died. If my father can move, America can move.

To each and every LGBT American, I say this. You have done so much to help this country understand your lives by simply being open and honest about who you are and living your lives with dignity. Thank you for your courage. It is time that we recognize your hard work. I know that this country is ready for changes in the law that reflect the evolution in our hearts.

America deserves a President who appeals to the best in each of us, not the worst; a President who values and respects all Americans and treats all Americans equally no matter who they are or who they love. I want to be that President. I want to be your President.

Go Back to Folding Shirts, Dude
February 9, 2008

So, it should be no surprise to anyone that I’m not a Republican.   Now, I’m not necessarily a Democrat, I’m more of an Independent.  I’ll vote for whoever I think the best person for the job is.  (In the last state-wide election, I actually voted for a Republican.)  It’s should also be no surprise that if you ask my opinion I’ll give it to you. 

Tonight, I’m speaking with a friend at a retail store about politics (specifically why I voted for Hillary), when one of the employees that I’ve never even spoken to decided to put in his opinion.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind someone giving me their opinion, however I do have a problem when some ass-munch breaks into a conversation that I’m having, tells me that I’m wrong, that I don’t know what I’m talking about, and then refuses to even listen to anything that I say.

Look, if you are strong enough in your convictions to give people your uninvited opinion, you should be strong enough to at least engage the other person. 

Here’s hoping that this guy finds some rat poop in his hot dog.

Madam President? Or, Why I’m Voting for Hillary
January 28, 2008

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you know that the Democratic voters have a unique choice in this year’s presidential primaries.  While I believe that Sen. Edwards would be a good president, he does not have my vote.   Basically, for me, it comes down to the junior senator from New York or the junior senator from Illinois, with Senator Clinton getting my vote.

Why am I chosing Hillary over Barak?  

I honestly believe that Barak would be a good president, and after a couple years in office, he might make a great president.  Senator Obama is a very gifted orator.  I totally understand why many, including my closest friends (nothing but love for ya), feel very inspired after listening to him.  However, I believe that Hillary would be a great president from the beginning.   Senator Clinton is also a gifted speaker who has also inspired millions.

Clinton and Obama are basically the same when it comes to the issues.  And, disappointingly, neither supports gay marriage.  Obama has flip-flopped on the issue a couple of times.  But, at least Clinton has been consistent in her position and was one of the key players in defeating the Republicans’ effort to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution.

So, again, why go with Hillary?

Well, first and foremost, while I can be inspired by Obama’s words, I am inspired by Clinton’s record.  I want to belive in the America that Obama is working to achieve.   But, I do believe in the accomplishments that Clinton has under her belt as First Lady (of both the State of AR and the United States), unofficial Goodwill Ambassador to the World and Senator from New York.

Second, is there anything left that the Republicans can dig up on the Clintons?   I’m sure there is, but at least this time, the American taxpayers won’t be paying for the investigation.   Given the Clintons’ history, I think that there is less of a chance of finding a skeleton (that we didn’t already know about) in Hillary’s closet than Barak’s.

Third, while I really want to say that America has gotten past the issue of race, I don’t believe that it has.   At least not enough to elect an African-American to the presidency.  My extended family has all declared their support of Hillary, but when asked if they would vote for Obama should he win the Democratic nomination…  let’s just say they’d either vote for the Republican or not vote at all.

Here’s hoping that who ever the Democats choose, they will be the best president that we could ask for.