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Mitt Romney; the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

28 Oct

Pledge to "National Organization for Marriage" as signed by Mitt RomneyI have always said (and still maintain) that every person is entitled to vote his or her conscience, for the man or woman he or she feels will do the best job.

We all know that the President’s powers are limited but the office is not without its influence. I posted a link to a Youtube video the other day about an interview of a schoolteacher who sat across the table from Mitt Romney, during which he responded to her most unkindly and rudely when she indicated she had a suggestion for how some of the issues relating to the education of our children might be addressed. Romney cut her off, saying, “I didn’t ask you a question.”

In my personal opinion, the man is totally UNQUALIFIED to lead this country.

Status post as shared on Facebook page; says it all, folks!I’m not saying that Barack Obama has been the best of leaders during the past four years; I take issue with some of the things he has done, as well. More so, I take greater issue with the actions of both the Republican and Democratic parties (as both have put the interests of this nation on the back burner while playing “partisan politics” and creating gridlock in Washington, D.C.)

As anyone who knows the slightest bit about me know, I’m a gay white male. I did NOT “choose” my sexual orientation; it simply is what it is, just like the color of my skin, my gender, the family to which I was born, etc.

That’s a far cry from those things we DO choose, such as whether to believe in a religion, what we do for a living, where we live and what we drive, etc. The LGBT community has been fighting for acceptance, understanding and equality for years; we’ve made some (a lot, actually) progress but we are nowhere close to being treated with the respect deserving of any man, woman or child just for being who he or she was born to be.

Same-gender relationships are not recognized, though most are every bit as loving and respectable as any [other] relationship between a committed man and woman. If my partner becomes ill and must be hospitalized, I’m not considered “family” and therefore not given the same access and consideration I might receive were I a straight, married male and my “partner” were a woman.

Same-sex couples who are in committed relationships, who have chosen to build a life with one another starting with the purchase of a home, vehicles, shared checking and savings accounts, etc. do NOTenjoy the same protection under the law should one or the other of them die.

Certainly they [we] can have legal documents drawn up but in the end, even that does not guarantee that their wishes will be followed — and it’s a hell of a lot more expensive than the simple execution/signing of a marriage certificate which opposite-sex couples may enjoy. ONE WOULD THINKthat since we are not given the same consideration and protection under the law that we would not have to pay taxes that are commensurate to those [straight couples] who DO enjoy all of these protections and freedoms.

Such is NOT the case; we are taxed equally to all others, regardless of our sexual orientation and acceptance.

This is why I get as angry about this issue as I do and it’s why I’m saying “Screw you, Mitt Romney!”

To those reading this blog entry, who are taking the statement I have just made personally, as an affront to your delicate political sensibilities (regardless of whether you’re family or a friend)…

If you cannot understand WHY those of us who do NOT fall into the category of heterosexual, are so angered by the personal agendas of the conservatives to restrict and diminish the civil rights of others (in this case, me), basing their actions on a SECULARbelief that we are immoral and therefore undeserving of the same consideration as any other citizen of this great nation…

Some might say that if you cannot stand WITHus in an effort to achieve what is rightfully “everybody’s” then you are standing against us.

I understand that unless you are gay or bisexual, that this might not be considered “your fight” but I’ll remind those reading of “The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you.” If you cannot stand up for the rights of others, how then can you expect them to stand up for your own rights if and when you yourselves are on the losing end of a constitutional matter/discussion?

You may have your reasons to vote for Mitt Romney and far be it from me to tell you to do otherwise (as I think every vote is important, regardless of whether it is how I myself would or would not vote). But if you cannot at the very least TELL THIS F#KERthat you do not stand with him on this personal agenda of “hate” (and that IS what it is, regardless of how some may color it), then you are no real friend to those closest to you (including family) who identify as gay or bisexual.

If you are standing with a bigot who puts his “religious” beliefs above his ability to uphold the precepts of our founding documents and all that they stand for (“EQUALITY”) without at least telling him you disagree, then you’re a part of the problem.

Personally, I feel that this hateful man is “ill-equipped to lead this nation” and he doesn’t have the interests of our country and its citizens at heart. I won’t be voting for him in the forthcoming election; he’s shown his colors on many the occasion and I just cannot stomach their shade.

Namaste,
Michael

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Handouts and Who To Vote For?

30 Aug

I'd Like To Vote "None of The Above!"Honestly? I did not vote for Barack Obama in the last presidential election. (I take exception to his position on inheritance taxes and capital gains taxes and as well, do NOT believe in his attitude with regard to the “redistribution of wealth” — and I don’t care how you ‘splain or try to justify it, that is his attitude.)

If you want something, get off your ass and work for it. I’ve done that my entire life and I’m quite sick and tired of those who feel “entitled” to free handouts.

I am all for giving a person a much-needed hand-up but I’m tired of those who just want a handout so they can sit on their asses and get a free ride at the expense of those who ARE working, who DO pay taxes on salaries that are the direct consequence of their having worked for them (as opposed to a “salary” that was simply given to him or her under the guise of some government subsidized welfare program).

This isn’t to say there aren’t people out there who are deserving of a hand-up to survive; they exist (I know they do).

I’m just saying that “If you want the help, GIVE SOMETHING BACK in return! Don’t just take the money and run.

You can pick up trash, volunteer to do some data entry in a government office or a charity, help out with programs for the elderly or those who are physically unable to get out to pick up their prescription medications or to do their own grocery shopping. There is always something a person can do to give something back to the community that is [financially] helping him or her. Hell, volunteer your time to be a part of a phone bank to answer frequently asked questions relating to city/state services or [again] a charitable organization of some sort.

You might get the impression I’m a Republican, listening to me say these things; you’d be wrong.

I’m a registered Democrat; I have been since I first registered to vote many years ago. Having said this, I’m also an equal-opportunity offender.

I cannot stomach the gas-bags in the Republican party who’ve an interest in legislating morality but neither do I support the idiots in my own party who want to buy votes by offering every lazy-ass citizen (and those who enter our country illegally, who’ve little to no desire to work toward their citizenship) with a handout). I am equally disgusted with both parties.

Certainly, I get that circumstances are seemingly more difficult in some of the other countries and I understand that families there are just trying to make a living and survive… That explains why some of them cross the border illegally to try and find work here. But it REALLY isn’t all that much better for a lot of our own citizens in the States (America).

We’ve a lot of homeless people on the streets; we have a lot of families who are living from paycheck to paycheck, only days away from being turned out of their own homes should luck turn against them. One thing that makes me angry is that much-needed resources, resources which could be used to assist citizens who are here legally, who have been working and have been paying their taxes all along… Those resources are mishandled and given freely to people who are NOT here legally, who have NOT been making the contributions that make those very programs possible, by paying their fair share of the taxes you and I pay (if only because they are here illegally, have been paid under the table and there’s no record of their being employed).

Sorry Mexico… You take care of yours; we’ll take care of our own, thank you very much!

There has never been an argument made in my forty-nine years of living that will convince me I’ve a responsibility to every other person in every other country, be they across the border or around the world. I do my part to help others when I can … but it’s because I “want to”, not because I feel I MUST and am expected to.

If I willingly choose to give of my own resources (those which are mine and mine alone to give) to somebody, that is one thing (and quite honestly, we should all help when we can). But it’s quite another thing for a group of politicians who are living the fat life off of our sweat and hard work, whose only agenda is to get re-elected, to STEAL the fruits of our labors and just give them away, acting dismissive toward the interests and expressed priorities of our own citizens in the process.

You think I’m kidding? Just read about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Tomorrow I may write about how I feel that Ron Paul was screwed by the GOP during the Republican convention (and in the days that led up to the convention). No surprise there, given that NEITHER party understands the concept of integrity and acting on behalf of the interests of the average citizen.

In closing, if you were to ask me who I’m voting for in the upcoming election I’d have to say “I don’t know.”

I’ll probably vote for the Democratic ticket (with reservations) simply because I cannot stomach voting for the elitist Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Ryan wants to gut Medicare and Medicaid; I’m sorry but as fiscally conservative as I am, I have serious misgivings with regard to that little shit’s attitude toward our seniors who, after having paid taxes all their lives then find themselves in need of medical assistance only to discover that the funds are no longer available for their use.

On a more personal front, I am offended by the Republican Party’s attitude toward LGBTQ issues. Many of their number are as homophobic as they come! So, for those of you who are Republican and can’t understand why I’m not on board with your causes, think about it… If you’d get the hell out of my bedroom and quit trying to legislate morality, we might be able to reach some common ground.

Till then, the Republican Party can kiss my ass (but all things being fair, color me “disgusted” with both parties!)

Ugh!

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An Open Letter…

27 Mar

Photo of Barack ObamaA member of my family (could just as easily have been anyone else) recently sent this email with a number of anti-Obama bumper sticker images. No problem; detractors of George Walker Bush, myself included, have done the same (of course, we had a much easier target).

The difference is Barack is barely in office and already those who oppose him expect “all of our problems” to have been resolved. We didn’t get into this mess overnight and I won’t pretend to blame George Bush for all of it (although in my opinion he’s done a considerable amount to stir the pot). It’s going to take more than eight weeks to put some distance between ourselves and eight years of “Moving America forward,” a failed road trip at the wheel of the previous administration. It will take considerably more than eight weeks to effect lasting change on an economy that is clearly in the toilet. It will take more than eight weeks to pull our troops back home from the Middle East.


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McCain, Obama, Palin and Biden– and all their childish supporters

20 Oct

I know I’ve made it quite clear I’m disgusted with the choices we have as nominees in the forthcoming presidential election… That said, THESE “so-called-adults” caught on video while attending a Sarah Palin rally disgust me even more. What is it about politics and religion that brings out the inner 2-year old in adults? I understand both topics are generally met with much compassion and little flexibility for a “difference of opinion” but damn it, our Country is FOUNDED on the premise we should “each” have a right to our own opinion. I get tired of seeing assholes dressed up as adults, attending one function or another—conducting themselves in a manner befitting that of a two year old. One guy in attendance went so far as to make the recommendation to supporters of the opposing candidate that they could kiss his nut sack. I’m sorry but from what I could tell I could not be less inclined to go nearer than thirty yards to that fat-asses nut sack (and I’m not even certain WHICH candidate he was supporting–nor do I really care).


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Charles Keating and John McCain

07 Oct

Who To Trust, Who To Turn To..

Well, to hell with the whole election. It’s impossible to really gauge who, of the two candidates running, is MORE responsible for the crap economy we are faced with today. I’m disgusted with Obama; I’m disgusted with McCain. I’m VERY disgusted with George W. Bush (and by relation, the Republican party and the crap policies they’ve been pushing for the past eight years) so… Even though I have reservations about Obama; even though I think he’s a liar and on the take, as well—in the face of all this, I’ll vote along party lines this November and cast my vote for the Democratic nominee (reluctantly).

(If you’re wondering why I’m feeling the need to vent this evening, just watch the video below.)

Through researching, through watching the news, through reading the paper and through thinking there “could” be a politician left in the country who has anything but his or her own whoring self-interest at heart) Basically, screw ’em all (they’re certainly screwing us at every turn).

Best of luck,
Michael

For reference: http://my.barackobama.com/page/invite/keatingvideo

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Poly-ticks

17 Sep

2008 Presidential CandidatesI have basically come to the conclusion that this next election is a total loss. If I vote for Obama/Biden I get screwed with MUCH HIGHER taxes, given his position and the Democratic majority to back him. If I vote for McCain/Palin, my vote would be cast for a winch who has again and again shown that she will, if others will allow her to, push her VERY conservative values through to the extent that any progress made relating to gay rights in recent years stands to suffer. Biden is tied closely to the lenders (regardless of what he would have us believe) and… Well, you get the picture. I feel very much as though I am again going to be voting for the lesser of two evils, based upon whatever I decide is most important to me come November.

We can’t continue going the way that we have, as a nation. It’s time to pull up our pants, put on our boots and do some very, VERY hard work. This means doing what is right for the nation, for us and for our neighbors, even if it pisses off some. We need to take a very close look at how tax dollars are being spent, doing away with ‘some’ programs and introducing creative solutions with some real meat to them.


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Over To The "Dark Side" (Politically)

03 Sep

Photo of Barack Obama as Robin HoodIt had to happen I suppose. I’ve been bitching about George W. Bush so damned long, claiming I’d vote for Goofy or Micky Mouse if it came to it just to get the republicans out of office — the Dem’s had to go and screw it up for me. I’m a Libertarian at heart but do have conservative leaningse, as well. (I seldom vote straight party line; I almost ALWAYS look at what the person who is running stands for —- and then all too often I end up voting for the lesser of the two evils. Look, I’d love to say it’s not true… but that’s been the way I’ve had to vote for years now. No political candidate has given me the proverbial hard-on; they’ve all been crooks (for the most part). That is the reason I am always cynical when politics is the topic of discussion.


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Is Barack Obama Really anti-Christian? (I remain unconvinced)

27 Aug

Photograph of t-shirt with caption &quote;Jesus is our greatest Hope&quote;I’ve received a number of emails recently (mostly from family) whose subject matter ‘attempts’ to call into question Barack O’bama’s feelings for Christians and/or our values. It seems the right-wing evangelicals are doing everything that they can to “take down Obama.” I’m not all that impressed so far. I mean, after all, so what if James Dobson comes out against Barack Obama. James Dobson is about as big a nutcase as you can get; right up their with the likes of Jerry Falwell and Phred Phelps

At any rate, a multitude of YouTube videos have been posted in an attempt to cast Barack in a negative light on the Christian values front —- but even I, being raised Christian and still one who tries to live his life by most of the values instilled in me growing up, am of the mind that most of the right-winger’s points and accusations have missed their target.

While I’m not convinced Obama is the right person for the job of President of the U.S., what other choice do I have at the moment? There are things Obama has said which grate on my last nerve; most recent of which being his comments about “reparations” for native americans and blacks. (I fail to see this as the road we really want to go down. Why is it so acceptable in this country for everybody to insist on profitting from the errors in judgment of our forefathers? If you’re really inclined to be honest about it, just about every race of people who has ever walked the earth is guilty of “something”! I’m damn sick and tired of having to pay for what my wrinkled, dead forefathers did over a hundred years ago. Get the hell OVER it already! Struck a nerve? Maybe..


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My Mental Recession

12 Jul

Are you kidding? My perception of the economy being in the crapper is really just a matter of my own imagination? Surely not but Phil Gramm, former Texas senator, says that’s the case; that it’s not ‘really happening’ — and who better to tell me like it is than a former Texas Senator, right? Gramm claims things are not really as bad as they seem; that the depressed economy is all in our heads. He says we’re only in a “mental recession” and has shown no signs of retracting such statements. What a great guy to have in your camp when you’re running for president of the United States.

If you haven’t been following the political scene, Republican [presidential] candidate John McCain has previously referred to Phil Gramm as his “economic guru.” I don’t need nor do I want some “guru” anywhere near the oval office who so clearly does NOT have his finger on the pulse of what’s going on with our country’s economy. We’ve already seen what it gets us when people out of touch with reality have any kind of influence over politics here.

Yes, McCain has distanced himself from Gramm and his comment since it was made but doing so doesn’t change his earlier stance. McCain felt reasonably comfortable enough earlier in the race to say he trusted [Phil] Gramm’s thoughts on the economy. If he didn’t want us to believe this then why suggest Phil was his economic guru? (Sure, let’s get one idiot to advise another. It’s worked great for us these past eight years, hasn’t it.) Distance yourself all you want McCain; you said it, we all heard it … and just because you’re ‘guru’ has now gaffed doesn’t mean we’re going to forget all about it because you want us to.

Try telling all those in hard-hit Detroit that the loss of their jobs is simply a matter of their own imagination. Try telling ANY of us that our dollars go as far today as they did twenty years ago. They don’t and anyone who tells me they do is seriously off his or her rocker. THEY are the ones with the mental delusions, not I. The cost of gas in many parts of the country is at or above $4.00 a gallon (in some areas having been so for quite some time). I can recall when I paid around $0.67 a gallon for gas and as it neared a $1.00 back then I began to bitch about the price hikes. Funny how we gripe and complain but continue to allow those in power to walk hand in hand with the oil and auto industries.

Why haven’t we learned our lesson – and “lessened our dependence” on oil after all these years? (Another topic, another day. {sigh} )

I’m not saying the Democratic party is going to provide us with all the answers to the economy, the war, etc. I don’t really know WHAT they will accomplish if given the opportunity over the next four years. I only know that I’m completely and utterly disappointed in, disgusted with and “hold in great disdain” the republican party and its most visible @ss for the past eight years, president George W. Bush. I’m so ready for a change of guard it isn’t even remotely funny anymore.

But of course, maybe the war (like the economy) is all in my head. Maybe GWB truly has been the best thing since sliced bread. Perhaps we do need someone who will walk along in Georgie-boy’s footsteps for another term, giving us just what we need to get through this imaginary recession. What do you think?

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How far can Barack Obama distance himself?

15 Mar

Side by side photographs of Barack Obama and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Barack Obama (Left) pictured with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Right)

In the early days of his campaign, I was impressed by what Barack Obama had to say. (On some level I’m hoping he’s an honorable man and really believes and supports the positions he has taken – but I am presently unconvinced.)

That said, while I really am uncertain about Barack I know I am truly, 100 percent, totally and completely sick and tired of the path our country has been led down for the (now nearing) past eight years. I’m usually not a person who simply votes the “party” (in this case, Democratic) … but I will during the upcoming election. Regardless of who is in control come November, I will vote “Democrat” and I’ll vote the party ticket straight across the board.


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