So I’m just gonna get this outta the way right off the bat, and then we’ll move onto other things…
WE WON!!! MCCAIN’S A DOUCHEBAG AND HE LOST!!! PALIN CAN STOP HER RETARDED BABBLING AND GO THE FUCK BACK WHERE SHE CAME FROM!!!!! OOOOOOOOOBBBBBBBBAAAAMMMMMMAAAAAAA I LLLLLLLOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEE YYYYYOOOOUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok…. I’m done gloating. I can honestly say that this is the first time in my adult life that I’ve experienced this kind of American Pride. When Clinton was in office, I was too young to have really cared about the “pre-Clinton” years, so I didn’t appreciate how good we had it with him. And then almost 8 years of Bush retardation left a bad taste in my mouth and constant gas pains towards our country that I never thought would go away. But then minty-fresh and soothing Obama stepped up to the plate… and for the first time I have hope. I have hope that the rest of the planet will slowly begin to be friends with us again, and that I won’t have to immediately apologize whenever I’m traveling overseas and tell someone I’m from the U.S. I have hope that there is FINALLY going to be someone in the White House looking out for those of us who don’t own multi-billion dollar companies. I have hope that someday my husband will be able to have health care. I have hope that this moronic war will soon come to an end, and that the troop’s families will finally have them back home safely. The list goes on and on. His election shows a massive change in our country… it’s proven that the majority of the country is completely sick of the “Old Rich Guy” way of doing things, and we’ve spoken. This is also a MASSIVE step towards people being hired for a job based on merit- and not hired or discriminated against because of color.
I actually cried last night during his acceptance speech. Brad was driving home from class listening to it, and he called me and told me he was crying too. For those of you who don’t know me personally… I’m not a teary person. I usually only cry by reflex if I get socked in the nose. And I’m not easily moved in a positive way… especially if politicians are involved. But Obama made me cry. For that, he should get a bonus award. I’ve been on cloud 9 all day long.
But now the lows….. there were oodles of propositions on the table for California in this election. One of them, Proposition 8, was to ban homosexual marriages. This was passed. It is now no longer legal for homosexual couples to get married in the state of California. And this breaks my heart. Below is a video that I think sums up the just how ridiculous and unjust it is to deny these loving couples the right to a sacred union. Warning …. there are violent and graphic scenes in there, so if you’ve got a weak stomach or freak out easily, don’t watch it. Seriously… and if you do watch it and freak out, it’s not my fault.
If you didn’t want to watch it, I’ll sum it up. This video lists serial killers, violent offenders, serial rapists and pedophiles (basically people who are so horrible that our society has locked them in a cage to keep them away from us) who all got married AFTER they went to prison. Some were married while on death row. Some even fathered children while in prison. Ted Bundy. Members of the Manson Family. John Wayne Gacy. The Hillside Stranglers. And on and on. These people have the constitutional right to get married… but law abiding, tax paying, loving couples don’t. Does that make sense? Does that seem fair? So I can rape people, kill people, dismember them, eat them, mutilate them, rape and kill children, kidnap people, etc… then after being caught and sentenced to a life time in prison (or even be sentenced to death), I can get myself a pen pal, decide to marry this pen pal even though we will never be able to share a home, a life, or even a bed every night… and that marriage is viewed as sacred. BUT if I’m a good person, follow all of society’s rules, living a happy and productive life, and I fall in love and want to share my life with this wonderful love- I’m not allowed to if my love has the same reproductive organs that I do?
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!!!!! There is no excuse for this. It is so horribly fucking wrong that it makes my stomach hurt. Does this make sense to ANYONE out there?… because if it does please stand the fuck up and explain it to me. Seriously. I want to understand this. I want to know why 18,000 couples who were FINALLY able to get married in California now have the heartbreak of their wedding no longer being recognized as valid. I want to know why anyone feels they have the fucking right to do this to other people… to perfect strangers. Shame on you, right-wing conservatives. What would Jesus do?…. certainly not what you Christians did to the homosexual population…. that’s for fucking sure. But seriously… if the facts above make any sense to anyone out there reading this, PLEASE explain. I promise I won’t go off on you, or call you names, or be disrespectful in any way. I just really want to know why love isn’t celebrated…. no matter who the couple is who shares that love.
Brad said that at least gay marriage is still legal in Massachusetts. And if you’re married in one state, then that marriage is recognized legally in all states (Article 4, Section 1 of the Constitution states “Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State”). So if you break a law in one state, your still a criminal in every other state… AND if you get married in one state, you’re still married in every other state. But that doesn’t make it better in my eyes. Brad also said, “Well, we can’t win everything”. Oh yeah? Why the fuck not?
The Republicans, the rich, and the Christian Evangelicals have been running the show for close to a decade. We were inches away from having Roe v Wade back on the table; from having a Vice President who thinks that our environmental tragedy had nothing to do with pollution and doesn’t believe that horny teenagers should be taught how to use a condom (ie: her own knocked up teenager who is being forced into marriage); from having another president who only looks out for fellow members of his rich, white “Boy’s Club”, and leaves the rest of the nation to fall to pieces… etc. The other guys have had it all for fall too long. I think it’s time WE had it all. And not even ALL of it… just a little justice, common sense, and equal treatment. Why is that so much to ask for?
So shame on you, California, for letting Prop. 8 get passed. One step forward, two steps back. That is the American Waltz.
I apologize for not being able to rant to you all until this late in the evening today. I am part of a group gallery show in Cleveland at a magical little place called “Shoparooni“, and I had to finish my piece and overnight ship it to them so they would have it tomorrow. The opening is Friday night, and it’s a “plushform” show… which means it’s all hand painted little dolls!!! So if you’re in the area, you really should go out to it.
So let’s all end this day with swelling happiness for the Obama victory, but keep the couples who have been hit hard by Prop 8 in your thoughts. And let’s hope that now since we’ve got some good in the White House, we won’t have as many Prop 8 tragedies in our future.