Category Archives: Politics

can’t we all (shouldn’t we all?) get along?

how much do we really know about the people we surround ourselves with?  i’d like to say “a lot.”  at least i think that’s true for most of the people i know.  and with those people, i believe i would be able to predict the way they might react to certain undiscussed topics.  very recently, i learned how untrue my assumption can be.  i was surprised to read some ignorant, unintelligent comments that a “friend” of ours wrote.

i don’t mean to presume that only my opinions are correct or fair.  i only know that my opinions are my own, and i should treat them as such.  that is, i would not impose my opinions on other people, and i rarely get into debates about them unless there is some imminent reason for it. i haven’t engaged in a dialogue about the topic i am about to discuss.  this is probably because a rational, conversational debate on this subject is rare.  at least in my experiences…

i would like to invite friendly, respectful conversation about gay marriage.  i would like to try to understand why someone might be opposed to gay marriage.  it sounds simple, but every reason that i hear comes across as intolerant.  i’m having trouble understanding why anyone would object – it’s not as if anyone is asking you to be homosexual, or to get married for that matter.  so why are people even voting on this issue?  my questions may seem rudimentary, but i suppose that shows how idiotic the opposition is.  i recently read a frightfully passionate expression regarding this very topic, written by a man i know (thought i knew).  after reading and analyzing his heartfelt opinions, i think that this particular man is incredibly uncomfortable with his own sexuality.  that is the only way that he could be so calculatedly hateful and opposed to the concept – he must be struggling with his feelings.  i imagine it must be difficult for him.  he has a conservative christian preacher/pastor father.  although such a person should radiate acceptance and unconditional love, it is more likely and realistic that a gay son would cast a shadow on his ability to teach and to lead.  unfortunately, many of the proclaimed christians that i know (but NOT ALL) are quite close-minded regarding what their fellow man or woman can and cannot do in the privacy of their own bedroom.  I’m not sure why that becomes an issue, christian or otherwise, but apparently it does.

the person that i am so passively responding to has strong feelings about gay marriage – the strongest i have ever seen.  his arguments become downright ridiculous, and it begs the question as to why he expends so much time and energy to the rejection of a concept that really wouldn’t affect or harm his daily life.  in our world, we are LUCKY to come across two individuals who love each other and want to make a life together.  marriages that work, that last, are incredibly rare.  who are we kidding?  marriage isn’t about sex and reproduction and all that – it’s about FRIENDSHIP and respect.  i don’t think that “friendship” and “respect” are exclusive to heterosexual relationships.  i think they exist in ANY good relationship, whatever your sexual orientation may be.  it takes a lot to offend me, but this person, with his steadfast opposition to gay marriage, gay love and gay adoption, has done so.  he has offended me more than i have ever been offended…so i can’t even begin to imagine how passionate people feel.  this is the response from an average, open-minded girl.  i have no particular motivation.

so it’s time to remove this person from my circle of acquaintances.  i am sure that he must have a good heart underneath it all, but i am not the person to find it.  maybe i’m being narrow-minded, but it’s truly difficult for me to comprehend why someone would object to the personal, private happenings of other people.  if you object on the basis on governmental benefits, than i simply ask you to reconsider and analyze governmental benefits as a whole…that’s an easily dismissed objection.  whatever you believe or support, there are governmental programs for and against it.  maybe an opponent to this post can come up with a different rationale.  and maybe not.  at least i have said some of what i want to say, and maybe one person our there will identify or understand, or take the time to respond.  thank you, and happy holidays!

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The shrinking world…

There is so much happening in the global economy today. There is a quiet hum of money exchanging hands and commerce. The potential for no one to be someone is more prevalent and possible then ever before. Startups are getting off the ground with such speed and cost efficiency never before seen to date. The flattening of the world and the fulfillment of desires and whims is made possible by a fiber optically connected entity that has an almost mystical slowly developing sentience that is pulling the world closer together, and the end of nationalism and corporate giant domination is being replaced by growing middle class sitting behind a computer. There has never been a better time to make dreams become reality. Yes, you guessed it…the internet has given birth to this seemingly conscience breathing animal called globalization.

The world is indeed getting smaller, and barriers such as language, culture, oceans are no longer a factor. Logistics and supply chains move at the speed of a mouse click, industry hums along at the speed of sound it seems. Even Al Qaeda profits from this. What is Al Qaeda but a vigilante supply chain? India is developing into a strong player in the global economy because they understand this that the hierarchy is crumbling. So what can people like you and I gain from this? Well, with the infrastructure of the world changing so dramatically, it encourages entrepreneurship and growth because the thirst for information and potential to get it essentially pays dividends. This is the big commodity now – knowledge and information. Again, what does this mean for you and I? Well, I’m not sure, but I’m fascinated by it. I do know that it provides opportunity for EVERYONE. No one is excluded anymore. So anything you can dream you can do. The world is poised for a new era. The era that you conjured out of your imagination where nations and cultures collide and harmony ensues. Of course we are not there yet…as with anything it has to get a whole lot worse before it gets better…

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Follow up on wild animal (dre dre)

Yeah, I never really like to talk about politics because I never really respond well to the rhetorical distraction from the core issue …I was sitting writing this somewhat inarticulately, thinking my argument comes off emotional or histrionic and melodramatic. I apoligize for the incoherent babbling -that’s just what happens when i attempt to formulate my opinions about politics…and of course the standard response is “the world doesn’t work that way, or the world is too complicated!” Well, that’s exactly my point – why can’t it be simple? I know how it works, i just don’t agree with it. Why can’t there be a renaissance in humanistic ethics and values?

The simple point is this: has anything the government done (i.e. War in Iraq, etc…) made our lives any better? Or anyone else’s?

Seems that the only news is bad new these days…but that is my sappy little idealistic, hippy two cents worth. The truth is I don’t want any part of it – and hate to discuss it. Of course there is a small part of me that says, ignoring it makes me guilty of perpetuating the problem. Let’s all sit down-that’s how they got shit done in the 60’s haha…

p.s. i agree – law school seems to be a microcosm of this ridiculous situation…

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The new wild animal…

“Recent opinion polls suggest only one-in-three voters approve of the job the president is doing – making him more unpopular than any other president in the last 50 years, except Richard Nixon just before he resigned.”

This is reminiscent of a situation in the seventies, isn’t it?? He can’t even control it now. Vietnam whispers in the ears of our parents, and if it doesn’t…it should. Quite a difference between Richard Nixon and George Bush though isn’t there? Nonetheless, we should learn from our past, shouldn’t we? Bush has almost lost control of the whole situation. It’s at the point now, where even if he wanted to stop it – he probably couldn’t it.

This unchecked, unabashed, aggressive capitalism, world and market dominance, makes me sick. Why can’t we just end the war? War is over – if you want it.

Besides Green is the new trend and is quickly becoming a surefire way to improve every businesses bottom line. There are jobs to be made and an economy and a market to create, and the country is already headed that way. Therein lies our interests, and our saving grace – not some pointless war that undoubtedly span years and take more lives, and cost billions and billions…at the risk of sounding like a hippy… it worked in the seventies didn’t it? Never have we seen more social change and concern then we did in between 1969-1978. Maybe we should all just make love, not war. Maybe everyone should smoke a joint. (so to speak) Maybe i shouldn’t watch the news. I hate talking about politics…i usually don’t. I just can’t stand watching or reading about the State of the Union speech. Let’s face it, the state of the union is that we are in a volatile situation in the middle east. We are not retaliating against terrorists or punishing the “evildoers.” We hid under the guise of religion, or good foreign policy, and we really don’t give a shit about ending a civil war or making the world safe for democracy. The government conjures up anything to get the backing of citizens and feed their agenda – but the silent majority are getting wiser now.

The point is, and this refers back to my initial quote, that government is a wild animal. You think you have control, but in reality you never really do…i don’t necessarily care about policy and the state of the nation, and a bunch of made up concepts – i just care about people and lives. I care about now, and tangible things that are here and matter. If we could find some way to get back down to that basic level, things might be different. Things are too complicated now…there are too many variables and causes and in effects that are part of a constant ebb and flow that we can never really pin down or regulate, or effect in any significant or result bearing manner. So much policy is dictated by a whirlwind of immediacy and fear of consequence. We are, at this point in the game, constantly putting out fires. No real benefit can be reaped from policy at this point. It’s like the domino effect, only this time we are not dealing with Communism – we are dealing with Capitalism. This is a different beast. This is the last chance to tame the beast…i hope congress can enforce their check and balances…

enough, enough…p.s. where is Osama Bin Laden?

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