Friday, May 11, 2012

Ok this one isn't going to be about PC's or Technology, quite the opposite.  This posting will be more political in alignment and used to show just how backwards far too many people are.  While I know it's off topic for this Blog, it's too important an issue to simply ignore and this is as good a place as any for me to vent.

Those of you who read the paper or view the news here in the US are obviously aware of two recent events.
  1. North Carolina's amendment banning same sex marriage
  2. President Obama coming out in support of same sex marriage
     I was born and raised in North Carolina, the majority of my family still lives in North Carolina.  I have strong ties there, but I have to say I am throughly ashamed of the passing of this amendment to the state constitution.  I had hopes that by this point in history, the majority of the states citizens would act more mature, thoughtful, and logical, and less like a bunch of superstitious rednecks.  And even though this amendment does not and could not effect me directly, it still angers me to see good, honest people treated like this.

     Now I know why the religious crowd is up in arms, especially the Christian majority, they view homosexuality as a sin, and want to curb it's spread.  But I have this to say, It's not your job to play police officer in some one's bedroom.  It is not your job to force religious ideology on anyone here in The United States.  The United States is not and has never been a Christian Nation, in fact in 1796 The United States signed a treaty with Tripoli where it is specifically stated in Article XI that The United States is not founded on Christian Ideology.

Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Muslim] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Many of our founding fathers, were not Christian.  They were Deists, which do not believe in organized religion they believe, the creator rarely, if ever, either intervenes in human affairs or suspends the natural laws of the universe.  Basically God made everything then sits back and lets it run free.  Think of it as if everything in existence as we know it, is nothing more than a giant ant farm.

This was the belief of  James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Ethan Allen, Thomas Paine, and this philosophy influenced Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and other members of the Continental Congress.  Why do you think an amendment protecting the rights to free religion exists?  If they were all Christian, it would probably have not even been thought of.
   
     My next point is for all the people up in arms about how the Government is removing our freedoms one at a time, look at what you just voted on.  You are basically telling a percentage of the population they are nothing more than Second Class Citizens.  Do we really need to go through this mess again?  Hello, 1912 and 1950 are wanting to conference call with you, they want to be assured you'll never leave them and will forever dedicate yourself to their way of thinking.

Next week the signs will say "Straight" and "Homosexual".


     Seriously, is there going to be an amendment voted on next week keeping women from being able to vote in North Carolina, and requiring non-whites to sit on the back of the bus?  Or are they simply going to round up all the non-heterosexuals and place them in internment camps like we did the German and Japanese American's during WWII?  It's the same bigoted slop being pumped out under a different label.  The people this amendment effects are just that, people, they don't live the same way you do, but they are people and deserve the respect and same rights as individuals as anyone else.  If you don't like it, you don't have to, just ignore it.  Keep your noses out of your neighbors bedroom and focus on your own life, something quite a few politicians need to learn.

     As for President Obama, looking at the alternatives, I hope he wins re-election.  We have a choice to make in November.   On one side we have a President that quite honestly has looked to both sides of the fence, the Republican and Democratic parties side for the best options available.  He's proven to be a better "Reganite" than most of the GOP, while maintaining many of the core values of the Democratic party.  It's a good blend, and if he wins re-election he'll probably get to pick another Supreme Court Justice, who with luck will be the deciding factor on the up coming case over California's Proposition 8, and declare it Unconstitutional, meaning states can not outlaw same sex marriage.  The quicker we deal with the issue and set down a basis for it, then the faster we can all move on with our lives.

     On the other hand we have Mitt Romney, who's honestly has changed course so much on what he's done vs what he says, it's starting to look like he's simply treading water.  I don't know what his views are because he hasn't shown any conviction to any view.  Of course there is Ron Paul, he's got some good ideas, but the total package is lacking.   Some of his ideas would be catastrophic to the Nation such as reverting to the Gold Standard.  There would be a lot of people angry at that since the last time we were on the Gold Standard it was illegal to possess more than $100 worth of gold in any form, something that didn't change until 1974 and could be re-enacted at any time since the original 1933 act wasn't repealed.  I've seen quite a few people who could face a $10,000 fine or 10 years in prison just for their dental work.

That's my 2¢ worth, take it or leave it.
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