Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gay Marriage: Rights and Wrongs

As I start to write more of these blogs I am realizing that there is a lot that has to go into these. I am going to continue to write them but not quite at the pace that I would have liked. The main thing is getting good quality topics to write about. Well, this particular topic is one that is highly debated in the social and political world.

I will first come out and say that gay marriage should be 100% legal. I want to get that out of the way so I can discuss the injustice that is currently happening in today's world. Gays are people just like anyone else; they eat, crap, go to work, place one foot in front of the other, and they even have children of their own thanks to modern medicine. They live their lives like everyone else but there is something missing in their lives that every other American enjoys. The freedom to be in love and have that be fully recognized by their government.

Yes, this is indeed very important and not only because they want to be recognized but because they want to have the same legal rights that I have as a heterosexual married man. Gay partners are not able to claim the most basic of possessions if their loved one dies because they are not legally married. Property that would pass from Husband to wife in the time of a death does not occur automatically in a gay relationship. Only because the government won't acknowledge that they are a productive healthy couple in society.

I have no problem giving rights that I enjoy to someone who doesn't have them. To deny them, regardless of your religious beliefs, is derogatory, unjust, and is simply un-American. Gays are not asking to be recognized by the church, they are asking to be recognized by their country. The United States is supposed to be separated by Church and State. Yet, so many of our leaders and the public want to instill the beliefs of one religion when we are supposed to be a country of all religions. If we truly want to be the country for all people of this world the least we can do is give every person the same rights. Doing this will not lessen the power and importance of my marriage or anyone elses. In fact people who are in such an up roar over gay marriage should then also look at heterosexuals for defacing the value of marriage. The couple who goes to places such as Las Vegas and gets married after knowing each other for 1 month, and then getting divorced 1 week later because they can't stand each other. They lower the value of marriage more than gays do.

So many people in this country feel that if we allow gays to have the same rights as everyone else that they will take over the world with their evil doing and dirty ways. Gay people are like anyone else. They want to be loved, have a home, and for the most part be left alone to live their lives. In fact, if they are given those rights then just as racial tensions have gradually gone away in our country so will this hate for gays. I am not gay, but I am a human being. Just like with womans rights, and African American rights, and every other ethnic background inequality I can't imagine how difficult it is to live and be judged because of something you can't control about yourself.

That leads to another argument that opponents of Gay marriage have, they believe that people who are gay choose to be gay and that they are knowingly sinning against God. While there has been no direct evidence in the genome to suggest that being gay is genetic. It has been proven that hormone levels when the child is born can greatly influence how the child develops later in life including sexually. Hormones are very powerful and influence everything from the way we talk and move to the hair that grows on our bodies to the people we like and the way are bodies are shaped. Some evidence has shown that children as young as 4 years old can tendencies that lead to homosexuality. Children who have never had any contact with someone who is gay. No person can say that a 4 year old is choosing to be that
way or lead their lives that way on purpose. Hormones are extremely powerful and scientists are still only begining to discover everything that they affect in our bodies.

Regardless of whether you believe it is right or wrong to be gay, that doesn't matter. What matters here is that one American is not getting the same rights as another because they are different. It doesn't matter what the difference is, if you aren't receiving the same rights as everyone else you are in the same position that blacks, women, and many others have been in our history, a second class citizen. This is an issue regardless of your position, you can not deny one thing. A fellow American is being denied their rights. There are many things I don't believe in, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't have the right to do them. I don't believe in God but I respect that others do, I don't believe everyone having a gun is necessary but I respect that others need to, I believe that not everyone should be allowed to have children but I know it would be wrong to deny someone that basic human right.

The point to all of this is denying gays their rights will only further separate this great nation. Lets put all of our differences aside and realize how many things we can accomplish together. First though we have to accept who we are and who are neighbors are. Once we do that with every different race, sexual orientation, intelligence, nationality, and whatever else that makes us different we will truly be the greatest nation this world has and will ever see.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Jack Ass"

Have I got your attention? This is my first political blog and I figured I should write about something that is in the news about someone who is political.

Barack Obama, as you all know is the 44th President and the first African-American man to hold that position. He is smart, well spoken, and unfortunately for some, Democrat.

Kanye West(shown above at the VMA's), as most of you might know is a rapper and subject to a bit of controversey this week. If you haven't heard what he did, I will tell you. At the Video Music Awards on Sunday 9/13/09 the young and talented Taylor Swift won her first award for the very popular award show. Like every other award show and like everyone who has every won an award she was "stunned" and "amazed". She graciously walked up to the stage and accepted this award. At this point, Taylor Swift is shaking from the enormity of the situation and being on the stage trying to accept this award, Who can blame her. She is only 19 and seems a pretty shy one at that. Then, from the side of her the "Jack Ass"( or Kanye West) takes the microphone from her. He then goes on to say that Beyonce Knowles music video, whose video was also up for the award, was the best video "EVER". I emphasis ever because Kanye did.

Whatever you think of the videos is irrelevant. What Kanye West did what pretty much as low as you can go to put down another human being. He of course was trying to prop up Beyonces video but instead put down a rising star and made himeself look like the ultimate "Jack Ass".

This leads into the political aspect of this discussion. After the award show this week, Kanye was of course all over the news. Well who else is always in the news but for other reasons, Barack Obama. He was giving his one millionth interview on health care reform and while off the record He showed his true opinion on the subject. It has always been well known that if someone important or famous is off the record that it indeed stays there. Well, in this age of Twitter, video phones, and other communication devices nothing seems to be off the record anymore. Barack Obama was talking to the crew who was handling the interview when the interviewer asked Barack what he thought about Kanye's little show of support for Beyonce. Barack in his cool demeanor says, "the young lady seems like a perfectly nice person, she’s getting her award, what’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass."

This is of course coming from the President of the United States. Probably not the most presidential phrase He could have used to describe the situation, but it was true none the less. There are those right wing guys who will bash him for not using the proper words in his opinion of what happened. There will be others who say he needs to watch his mouth, What would leaders of the rest of the world think about this? I think more than anything this shows how much of a down to earth regular American He is. Many people say that the President should be above such criticisms, but I say because he says this he has a better understanding of who we are as a nation. We are not a snooty turn our noses up to the world country. We say it how it is, and I believe Barack Obama is our first President to possess the majority of everyday American values.

Most Presidents were born into rich family up bringings and lavish lifestyles. They were pampered and groomed to be leaders of the world by the time the rest of us are learning how to read. For that reason the politicians and Presidents of this nation have for the most part been rich, stuck up, and completely disconnected from the American public. Barack, however is different. Now regardless of what you think of his political views Barack is most definitely a different guy than most presidents we have had. He was not raised in a rich family home, He was not groomed and watched to make sure He did everything right growing up. He did not have a father to rely on. Even after He finished law school He didn't take a big time Attorney position. He went back to work in his community, and helped those who needed someone with a voice to help them have one of their own.

I, as an independent, don't agree with some of the things Barack has done this year, but I do believe that at no other time in history that we have a President who understands the pulse of the American public. He knows it because He has lived it. From being poor and part of a multiracial family with no father, to helping his community and working his way through the ranks of politics. So many believe He has his own agenda and is taking hand outs. I personally believe he is doing what He thinks is right for his country, his race, his daughters, and the citizens of this great nation. I believe, regardless of his experience, He knows what will drive Americans to want to live better. Sure, He leans very socially left, but He also believes very stongly in personal responsibility.

That leads me back to his comments about Kanye West. Barack was right to say what every last American was thinking even if they all didn't say it. That is what makes Barack a great President. Democrat, Independent, or Republican it doesn't matter. Barack spoke for every last one of us and if you can't admit or won't admit that then your lying. There are those who will never agree with what he does politically now matter how small the the issue but regardless of his policies He most definitely is American through and through.

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