Saturday, November 15, 2008

Prop 8

65 days and ten minutes as of this posting until new leadership can try to clean up all the fuck ups of the last years of Republican rule. All the greed and treason and downright criminal fucking evil that crew of despicable fucks have wrought upon our country will be flushed like rats fleeing from sunlight.

I'm gonna shut that blog down once Obama takes the oath, and that will be one of the best days in my life, and in the history of our planet.

Fuck's sake, it blows my mind.. Good beat Evil, Democracy isn't dead, hate and greed were exposed. Really, the evil that threatened to take down our entire system of government was removed by the efforts of all of us who care about the future.

Although, Prop 8 passed, and that's another evil to be brought to its knees. The legislation has to actually do something and pass a bill instead of making the big moneyed interests fund propositions so that there with be NO MORE FUNDING FOR PROPS THAT TAKE AWAY RIGHTS, especially from out of state interests like Mormons and the Catholic Church. I'm ashamed that California of all places voted to take away civil rights from our citizens, but it was an effort driven by desperate dying made up theologies that have little left to their power other than the evil that lives inside them and bigotry and hatred to keep them afloat. At least the Catholics were around from the get go of Christianity and they've got a long lineage of oppression and mythology and big churches and shit, but the Mormons? What the fuck is that all about? Was this some kind of Mitt Romney revenge? Did they have some cash left over and instead of using it for something "Christian" they decided to take away people's rights in California?

I mean, seriously, the Mormons were made up from the failed scheme of a shyster who was like the original L. Ron Hubbard,; a con artist, AND THEY lost their right to take on herds of polygamist wives, and were oppressed themselves, run out of town.

Why the hell do they give a flying fuck about who gets married? They're all about marriage, they love it. Unless they've got some kind of axe to grind for the whole polygamy thing. It seems that sexual oppression is hardwired into their whole gig and this is just the latest manifestation. Even Steve Young, my favorite Mormon was against it. .


And my mother in law and her wife of 15 years got married before the election in Napa because they thought Prop 8 might pass. They've been through thick and thin, they're devoted to each other and they went and got married so they could be part of the mass of people who did it before some malevolent force guided by a philosophy that is so terrified of the other could influence enough Californians to take away that right. They didn't think it would happen, they had faith that people wouldn't be manipulated with lies to vote against equal rights, but they were wrong. Now the Catholics and Mormons can toast to the fact that they've revoked rights for thousands of people who love each other just as much as any hetero couple do. I don't get it. I don't understand the joy in that.

It is a hard fight. It is the same fight that's been going on for years, Miscegenation laws, the right to vote, slavery, all these things we look at now and think, wtf, who could have possibly supported that, for shame but in every case, the Bible was used ask an excuse to deny people of basic rights, and in every case Good eventually won.

Prop 8 supporters.. SHAME ON YOU. History will not look kindly on your legacy.

A new age will rediscover those religious words, those real ideals, and they'll get back closer to the real intent. But in our small space in time here, the dinosaurs who use that sad death religion to oppress are all becoming extinct, thank God. They will eventually all disappear and the species will finally be able to throw off the yoke of charlatans and liars to move on, to something that nurtures all of us and does not seek to keep anyone subservient and outcast.

Justice is going to kick those Pro 8 puppetmasters in the ass and consign them to the dustbin of ignorant wannabees that were jokes from the beginning and didn't quite make enough of an impression without using force for history to acknowledge them. It is just that now we have to deal with them, like they are children: Sad, spoiled, fucked up bratty children with far too much money and power.

You can only fight the tide of progress so long before you are exposed for what you are. The question for you is, who the fuck are you and where do you stand?

In the end, they'll get their due, I hope so, but for now, that fight continues. And we will win, because hatred may win the battles, but they'll lose the war because the dinosaurs of yesterday are dying and their ranks grow smaller and smaller and the evolution of the species won't tolerate ignorance.

Regardless of that battle, we did take back the big fish. We did get back our country and that's a good start.

All I can say is Wow.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008
President elect Obama
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

Its the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

Its the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

Its the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

Its been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and hes fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nations promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nations next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy thats coming with us to the White House. And while shes no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics - you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what youve sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didnt start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generations apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didnt do this just to win an election and I know you didnt do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how theyll make the mortgage, or pay their doctors bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who wont agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government cant solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way its been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, its that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you. And to all those who have wondered if Americas beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one thats on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. Shes a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldnt vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that shes seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we cant, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when womens voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that We Shall Overcome. Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we cant, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

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