Swimming In My Head…

diving in the deep end…

What a week

Where to begin.  This has been perhaps the second most emotional week I’ve experienced since 9/11.  I’ve shed more tears than I normally shed in a year’s time and I now understand what it means when you’re “waiting to exhale”.  It’s a wonder I hadn’t turned blue, because I held my breath from Monday through most of Tuesday.

It’s strange really.  All that has transpired still seems somewhat surreal to me.  I was thoroughly impressed with Senator McCain’s concession speech, even moved.  But I haven’t and I won’t forget what the Republican party has done and is doing to exclude so many people from having equal rights.

I was definitely moved by President Elect Obama’s acceptance speech.  Moved because I never thought I would see the day in my lifetime where a black man would be President.  But more important than that, I have been corrected about what I thought was the general consensus about race relations in the United States.  I was wrong and now I know better.

I’m not blind, I know that there are some people out there that are probably considering Canada right now, because a black President could only mean the start of Armageddon, but just knowing that so many other Americans have stood up to them to finally say enough is enough is an amazing feeling.

For me, this has never been about black and white – it’s always been representative of a bigger picture and that is: the ‘witch hunt’ had to stop sometime and I hope that the time has come.  The ‘witch hunt’ by the ultra-conservative to rid the country of everything that they felt makes it less than pure.  That could mean race, it could mean sex, it could mean sexual identity – if it doesn’t fit their definition of utopia, they want it gone.

But this year, this election, it seems like the tide has turned slightly and maybe the hunters are being hunted.  Timely.

I don’t know what I’m going to do without the daily ‘Palinisms’ to play with and write posts about, so maybe I should take a cruise up to Alaska and see how the ‘sixpackmoes’ live.  Do I need my passport for that trip also to because with Russia visible and maverick?

For one last hurrah, adding a link…check this out – it gave me chills.  When the song is done playing, in ever so small font is a link to “view original site”.  Click that and you’ll go to a site about Sarah Palin as President and it’s interactive, so use your mouse to make various objects within the office either move or say something.

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November 7, 2008 Posted by | Life In General, Politics | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

One more thing…

Ok…I said I wouldn’t do anymore political talk until after tomorrow but I succumbed to it.  Anybody that knows me, knows that I’m an information junkie.  I read people’s blogs and I read their comments.  I read CNN’s blog, HuffPo, The Cafferty File and watch Rachel Maddow.  I’m addicted!

I admit it but I guess that means I only have 11 more steps to go right?

Here’s my beef…I just read an article off the CNN Political Ticker that to paraphrase, said that Senator Obama believes that some of the attacks on his wife Michelle have been out of line.  I agree with him.  However, I also feel that when you’re in the public spotlight, you have to be able to deal with the sometimes unwanted possibility that the people closest to you will also have to face publicity, even negative.

It’s so not the article that made me jump on my now extended body part called WordPress, it was the comments that followed the article.  There are people that agreed with Senator Obama, and people that didn’t agree with Senator Obama.  I’m ok with both of those types.

It’s these self-righteous, hypocritical jerks that have been so vocal about their ignorance and hatred for others and are too big of a coward to admit why they don’t like him, his family, or the thought of him leading our country.

I’ll admit that I’ve taken ‘pot-shots’ at McCain, his wife and Palin and have said very little negatively toward Obama and Biden.  But the reality is that I’ve not seen them try to scare anybody into believing the way that they do.

It’s no surprise to me that the ultra-conservative right is religious and in many cases, Republican.  Religious extremists have used fear to garner and maintain membership for years (i.e. hell).  **NOTE** For any Rep’s out there that want to tear this apart, note the emphasis placed on certain words – don’t take it out of context.  Better yet, if you don’t fit the mold that I’m talking about, don’t take it personally – doesn’t apply to you.

Hell.  There is not one single, documented eyewitness account of a burning place where people are tortured, yet millions of people believe in its existence.  Why have we been so conditioned to just accept something that is speculative because it’s in the bible?

Most people don’t live other aspects of their lives based on speculation, they base it on experience.  Think about it…boys are told speculative things like don’t masturbate because you’ll get hair on your palms or you’ll go to hell.  Lo and behold, most boys/men masturbate and not one of them has the hairy palms or reward points for their suite in hell to show for it.  And guess what?  Once they figure out that the whole hairy palms thing is bull shitake, and that the hell thing is at least not immediate, they still masturbate!

My point is this: we have seen and heard several ultra-conservative, right wing individuals make statements about Senator Obama that are simply not true like he’s a terrorist, a socialist, he doesn’t love this country, or he’s going to break everybody’s bank by raising taxes and spending.  It’s all speculation designed to scare the weak into voting for the other guy.  Fear!

We’ve also heard the ultra-conservative, right wing individuals make statements that gay people shouldn’t have marrying rights because it affects the sanctity of their own sacred institution.  Again speculation.  I would challenge any one of those people making such statements to prove their theory.

What has been observed is that marriages don’t last because the people that get into them sometimes do so for a variety of wrong reasons, the least of which is because gay people would like the same human and civil rights that every human being deserves.  Really…I would bet that the people who frown on gays don’t even know any gay people.  So please tell me how the flying fu#k gay marriage affects them?  But it’s fear.  Fear keeps people in line.  Fear

So, in closing, just to make it clear…I’m getting this off my chest so I’ll sleep tonight.  I just couldn’t take it anymore:

To the people who have made such hateful, negative comments about the Obama’s, gays, or any other pet project that they’ve come up with – Stop being a coward and say what you really feel!!!  Then, we can move on.

If you don’t like the idea of a black man as President, or better yet if you just don’t like a black man – get over it because even if it doesn’t happen tomorrow, there will be a black man as President someday and no matter how many times you click your ruby heeled slippers to wish them away, there will always be Americans that happen to be black.  Leave the fear to Stephen King.

If you don’t like the idea of gays being in your midst – get over it because they are in your midst and they always will be.  They don’t want anything to do with your damn marriage!  If your marriage is sacred today, it will still be sacred tomorrow unless you get divorced for which no gay person can claim responsibility.  Oh, and the day you stop believing that it’s a choice and understand that it’s all in the wiring, you’ll feel better.  Leave the fear to Friday the 13th.

And last but not least, if you don’t want to defend yourself against claims of being a racist, homophobe, or just plain asshole, stop talking so loudly, find your inside voice, and become one with your God – the one you claim to be acting like.  Because here’s the deal, if it looks like cabbage, and it smells like cabbage, well dammit, it’s probably cabbage.

Wow…I feel so much better.

November 3, 2008 Posted by | Life In General, Politics, Really? | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments