Thursday, October 4, 2012
my not-so-private rant
I am going to vomit if I see one more facebook post about why liberals are 100% right and conservatives are the spawn of Satan. I am going to drown myself in Ben and Jerry's Clusterfluff if I hear one more person say that liberals are stupid and conservatives know everything.
Didn't ANYBODY watch the debate? Doesn't anybody really care? Both sides have valid points on different issues - and full credit to the Lorax here: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot - nothing is going to get better - it's not." Why don't people care enough to work together? They care enough to repost mean spirited-one sided propaganda. Why not care enough to run for office, to work on a campaign, to call your city council person? Which brings me to:
In our little city, the council recently passed a resolution stating that they believe the marriage proposal violates the anti-discrimination portion of the city constitution.
Basically, they are saying "vote no to the marriage amendment."
And I'll just put it out there - I intend to. Anybody who wants to should be able to get married - period, end of story. It's none of my business who you date, who you marry, what you eat, what you watch, what you read, what you think. That's why humans are given the gift of free will.
BUT. . . . the only council person I really agree with is the lone woman who abstained from this vote. Not because she opposes the rest of the council - but because THAT IS THE WAY THE LAW WORKS. Her words in a nutshell were: "Hey, we live in America and we are supposed to let the people vote and not spend taxpayer money just to tout our personal opinions, or the opinions of a very vocal group in our community." She basically said, "I'm not piping in here, because the people haven't piped in and it's my job to represent them." Even the mayor backed her up and said - she's right, we can't actually spend any more money or resources on this - and we've already done it.
I get why things are worth speaking out about - and this issue is one of them. There are lots of issues I feel passionate about - health care, this particular amendment, unemployment the environment. But I also live in America, and am willing to work with other people to change things - to make things better - and nothing gets better by cramming a one-sided opinion down somebody's throat.
So for everyone who is concerned about your personal freedoms - and the freedoms of others, just give some thought about the people you choose for public office. They are supposed to be thoughtful, open-minded people. They are not supposed to be so entrenched in their own dogma and popular hoopla that they don't even give the people a democratic voice. Give some thought about the "open minded and fair" things you repost - they never sound educated - they sound intolerant - no matter what side you're on. Nothing in life is that black and white - nothing.