July 24, 2007

July 24, 2007

Ok, so the political atmosphere is the same for me.  I think the current administration is really taking what is great about this country, turning it on its ear, and making people feel if they question it, then they aren’t real patriots.  Putting on hold the horrible way this country was taken from its original residents and the peoples who were enslaved to help build this country, this country was built on questioning and getting away from oppression.  But it seems we are back at the start.  Constant oppression everywhere.  The cost of the war continues to rise.  Those who backed the war (well some of them) are still not outraged they were lied to in the beginning.  They always say stupid things like “Are you saying Sadaam wasn’t a bad man?”.  NO IDIOT.  Of course he was.  And so are many other dictators around the world.  But do we just go in their countries and overthrow them?  I mean, there is Darfur for one where genocide is rapid and cruel.  This President has used us, the American people so that he can run around the planet is if he is the President of EARTH.  He isn’t.  America is not EARTH.  We are a small part of it.  

As Americans, we have this nature to think that we are the center of the universe.  If other countries aren’t like us, they are bad.  If other cultures differ, they are weird and need to be fixed.  This is what the settlers thought of the Native Americans and the Aftrican Americans that were enslaved.  They were savaged and need to be taught the way of God.  These are the same people today who refuse to see differences as something to learn from, but instead see them as something that needs to be pounded into the ground and gotten rid of.  Why?  I used to ask myself.  And then it hit me.  These are the same people whose own beliefs are so shaky, who are filled with such inner doubt towards their own ideals, that any mention of a different one must be squashed.  Brute force is used to prove that their ideals and beliefs are the only ones that are true.  If you kill the rest, then you must be right, right?  

I hope we have not destroyed our position on this planet.  I hope as a country, we can rise up one day and admit our mistakes to the world and hope they don’t hold it against us for the rest of eternity.  It embarrasses me that I fear much of the planet look at us like spoiled little brats starting a bar fight over an issue we had with someone else.  We are a young nation, and powerful.  That is a dangerous combination if we forget to question our actions or admit when we are wrong.  That is what a true American would do.  That is what God would want us to do.  WWJD.  Do people truly answer that question to themselves?  I think if they did, we wouldn’t be in the state we are in.

The candidates I like.  Well, there is Hillary and there is Obama and there is John.  I don’t know much about the others.  I need to tho.  I like the choice of Hillary or Obama, if for no other reason than to get the countries mindset out of “a white man” must run the country.  We are made up of so many more.  (NOTE:  For those who wonder why I didn’t state that as “a white STRAIT man”, I didn’t because there is evidence that Abraham Lincoln was gay, or had a gay affair with a man.  Which to me explains how he understood the plight of Black Americans being an oppressed man himself, as my being gay was one of the eye opening experiences I had as a white man.  Sure it would be great to have an openly Gay American in office, but I understand that won’t be in my lifetime.  Now back to our regularly scheduled bitch fest).  Hillary is a Clinton.  I love her husband and thought he did GREAT things for this country.  He gets  bad wrap over “Don’t Ask.  Don’t Tell”.  I try and remind people that before that, you were asked, and for those who don’t like to lie (it’s a commandment or something), they weren’t even given the opportunity to serve this country.  It was a step in the right direction.  Sure I think it needs to be done away with completely, but people need to put things into perspective.  So I feel Hillary will have the same ideals in her presidency.  For me, every candidate comes down to one issue.  Do you support gay rights, or don’t you?  Some might find that dangerous, but in my mind, I feel like if you cannot realize that we all deserve the same respect and rights, then the rest of your goals in office will be based on a moral code that I don’t agree with.  Ask any Black American if they would vote for a candidate who didn’t believe in Integration?  It’s like a core issue.  If you don’t see me as an equal American, then how can I trust the other decisions you will make?  I cannot.

Obama is great, being that he too would break the “White Man” rule of this nation.  But from what I hear, (and I need to research more, I know), he is new to politics (comparably) and is a little wet behind the ears, so to speak.  And if that is a judgment I have towards Dubbya, then I have to apply it to him as well.  But we will see.  I need to start watching the debates.  I really REALLY do.  We can no longer sit back and let this shit happen to us people.  We have to make a stand.  We have to make a change.  We have to return this country to the awesome nation it once was and still can be.

John.  He’s cute.  That isn’t why he is on this list, but hey, I be a gay man and he is cute.  So kiss my (bleep).  I have listened to him speak.  I like what he has to say.  His wife is rockin my world right now, standing up for gay marriage.  Sure, she may not have anything to lose, since she has cancer and could die, but I appreciate it just the same.  I think John has the experience too.  But it is shaky ground considering he falls into that “White Man” role I describe above.  Not all White Men suck (no pun intended).  I be one.  But I think this country could easily benefit from having a mindset shift that would be generated by having a non white male in office.

Sometimes I think wouldn’t it be great if Hillary and Obama ran together.  What an awesome pair.  But who would be Pres and who would be VP.  If Obama really has little experience, then I would want Hillary to be Pres.  But then that could be construed to be racist (not directly, but indirectly) cuz I want the white person to be Pres, and blacks may view that as another example of the black man continuing to take the back seat.  And that would not be my intention, nor would I want it viewed that way.  But I am not super politics man.  It is possible if not probable that Obama should be Pres and Hillary be VP.  She did vote for the war.  He didn’t.  That says a lot to me.

I have already stated in these political blogs that I felt that all the Dems who voted for the war simply did so because their constituents bought the bullshit the White House put out and they wanted to keep their seats.  Its seems shifty, but maybe that was to make sure they could stay and make good changes when the tide shifted and people caught up.  But I admire Obama for standing up for it in the beginning.  I’m not a big fan of “the ends justify the means”.

Then there are constant rumors of Al Gore coming back into the race.  He’s great.  We watched “An Inconvenient Truth” and its true.  We are destroying our world slowly.  EARTH will survive.  We won’t.  And all the life on it won’t.  My fear with him is that how awful would it be if the Dems backed him again, and he was defeated AGAIN.  I guess its possible in the general public eye, he is already viewed as a man who lost the election for President, and I think that puts him at a scary disadvantage.

I’m not really impressed with what little I know of the Thuglican candidates.  I know one stated clearly he thought the war was a mistake and we needed to get out.  I can’t remember his name (I know, bad voter), but he was intriguing.  Giuliani (or however you spell it), not a fan of him.  He seems to be on the same page as the rest of that party.  I thought maybe they had learned something.  But I guess those who refuse to understand history are doomed to repeat it.  

And we are all along for the horrible ride.  How do we get off?  Oh, that’s right,  we get off our asses and vote.

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