Deborah is Ranting ... Again
Bear with me as I try to get the site back up and running. Between moving, changing computers, and FrontPage no longer being supported by my web hosting site, it has been a bit of a challenge. Here we go!
Current Rant: October 17, 2008 - a Pre-Election Rant and Request
Hey everyone, it Deborah. Yeah, I know, long time, no Rant.
As most of you know, I have not ranted in a very long time. In addition to no longer being a voice in the wilderness - much of what I had been saying about Bush, Iraq, and life in general was being echoed by blogs and websites I have had some changes in my life – mostly moving to a newer, bigger place, and getting a new computer that was no longer compatible with my website software. But, right now, with the election around the corner, I figured it was time to pipe up again and impose my opinion on those willing to listen. While I would normally send you a link to a web page, this time, I am just sending you an email about my thoughts of the pending election, because, my website has been down, and I have not got around to spending the time and money to buy a new program and redo the site.
Obama for President of the United States
Barack Obama for President of the United States
With regard to the President, I was an unabashed Hillary supporter. Unfortunately, she ran a terrible campaign, and lost to a worthy candidate, Barack Obama. Rather than revisit the anger and accusations of the Primary, I will merely say that if running a national campaign is any measure of one’s ability to manage complex situations, delegate authority, and put competent, capable people into positions of power, then Barack Obama demonstrated without a doubt that he is more qualified than Hillary Clinton. His choice of Joe Biden as a running mate was a thoughtful and deliberate one – I like Biden – I think he is a smart guy who occasionally puts his foot in his mouth, but generally, has the right ideas for the nation.
With those statistics, even if you liked his policies, you would have to consider his running mate when evaluating him. Sarah Palin, in my opinion lacks the experience, temperament, and intellectual curiosity necessary to hold the office of President of the United States. Despite all of the claims about her experience as the Governor of Alaska, I find her supporters focus on are her religious and cultural views as evidence of her qualifications. This is very scary to me. The separation of Church and State is something I hold very dear, and is fundamental to what has, and will continue, to make this country great. I personally believe it is nearly treasonous to use someone’s religious and cultural beliefs as the sole qualifier for higher office.
Vote No on
Vote No on Proposition 8
I believe Proposition 8 is a vile and evil proposition (ever notice they have the same letters?) It is an attempt to write discrimination into the California Constitution. I have some very good friends that support Proposition 8. But, their argument that marriage can only be between a man and a women just does not make sense to me. It is one of those statements that I keep on asking “why”. And, more importantly, why should I, or anyone else, care about two consenting adults who want to pledge their lives to each other? The same with the argument that allowing gay men and women to marry would somehow undermine the institution of marriage itself. Really? If the institution of marriage is so weak that two men or women marrying each other is going to undermine it, then perhaps those arguing against gay marriage should look into the mirror when trying to assess blame.
I have spoken to some gay friends about the issue, initially thinking civil unions were sufficient, and their response was clear – no we want to get married. In front of our family and friends, we want to say “I do”. We want the cake, the rings, we want a wedding. For those gay men and women who want to marry, it seems to be specifically about the symbolism and the ceremony – they ability to say “I do” to the person they are spending their life with. And, if a church or temple wants to perform the ceremony, who am I to say no? Why should I even care? The answer is, I don’t. Well, I do care in that it is not my place, nor anyone else’s to tell two people how to define love, how to define commitment, how to define a family.
Think, read, listen, and consider the facts and not the fiction out there right now. If you disagree with me, hey, that is OK. My father said that everyone should be able to agree to disagree. Regardless, on November 4th, let your voice be heard, and Vote.
Copyright Deborah Alexander, 2008.