Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Getting political

I know I'm opening a big can of worms by writing about this, especially now. There are a lot of people that agree with my views, but there are also a lot who disagree. It can get ugly. That's why I normally keep my views to myself. However, I have this strange compulsion, given everything going on these days, to express myself more openly this year.

So, I'll start with the presidential election. I will be voting for Obama. To be honest, I liked Hillary Clinton's platform better than Obama's when it was back in the days of the primary election. I was also very bitter about Obama's campaign calling me so often and sending people to my house to ask for donations. I gave a small donation once at Target, but I was reluctant to do so, even then. The only reason I did was to promote change. However, I believe there are many better organizations that could use the money. I believe if a person donates to one cause, then the other causes won't get that donation. It all depends on where your heart is and my heart goes out to children with cancer, orphans in 3rd world countries, and children affected by fires.

Barack Obama won the primary election and though I disagree with him about his health care plan, I believe it is better than McCain's. I also don't believe McCain's bull about Obama raising everyone's taxes. The president only has so much power, anyway. It takes a lot of people and a lot of power to make things happen. Dave and I don't make over $250,000 a year, anyway. Besides, if we did, we wouldn't mind paying extra taxes if we knew it would help people get much-needed health care. Why must people be so greedy? I really don't mind a certain amount of socialism because at some point, most people need some help. Sure, there are some abusers, but for the most part, I still have tremendous faith in humankind and believe that we should be willing to help others. Christ would.

Dave made an interesting comment the other day as we were driving along looking at all of the political signs on people's yards. Dave said he wanted a sign that said, "How would Jesus vote?" Maybe all Christians should ask themselves that question. I found that very interesting considering Dave is not religious.

Which brings me to Proposition 8. This is a very controversial issue here in California. This is one that has caused a lot of arguments and divisions. Proposition 8 is for an amendment to the California Constitution that would legally define marriage as between a man and a woman once and for all. This would make same sex marriages illegal in this state for good. Now, it seems to me that those who oppose gay marriage, oppose it on moral grounds because they believe homosexuality is a sin. This makes this issue a religious issue. That means, to me, that this is clearly an issue of church and state. I believe firmly in a separation of church and state.

I'm not gay, so why should I care if gay people can marry? I believe that all people, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation should have the same equal rights. To me, denying homosexual people the right to marry is similar to denying multiracial couples the right of marriage. Besides, supporting same sex marriages also supports monogamy, even if that monogamy is between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman. At least that's a step in the right "moral" direction, right?

Essentially, though, it's not my place to judge, so I will be voting NO on Proposition 8. I have some neighbors who have YES on Proposition 8 signs in their yards. I wish they hadn't have done that. Now I look at those neighbors and think of them as homophobes. I think there is a reason for homophobia and bigotry (hidden homosexual tendencies, perhaps), and I believe it's a great personal weakness.


karenf said...

here here! I'm with you. Another point, is I feel like those who oppose prop. 8 are living to pull us back into the past, 50, 100 years. Funny it seems the same people who oppose prop. 8 are the same people voting for McCain, it looks like it goes hand in hand. Good Lord, how scary.

Daisy said...

The gay marriage issue is so much more complex than I could have ever imagined. I have always thought that homosexuals deserved equal rights within marriage until I considered who's box we were opening with that one. If marriage is defined legally as anyone marrying anyone, then what prevents people from filing discrimination suits against churches who refuse to marry them? What keeps people from being openly gay in the military? And how can you preserve laws against polygamy once you've redefined marriage from it's historical roots?

I'm all for homosexuals having equal legal rights, however I see those who seek to redefine marriage asserting religious beliefs just as much as those who call themselves Christians. Christians, Jews, Muslims, ect think being gay is wrong because of their religion. Supporters believe it's ok based on their lack of those particular religions. In my opinion that's basically the same thing.

Anyways, I'm kind of rambling here. But as a non-homophobe and someone who has put a lot of thought into all possible outcomes from this proposition, I felt I had to add my $.02

(and I'm totally not going there on Obama ;) )

Daisy said...

I also wanted to add that I am not affiliated with any particular religion nor do I attend church. My problem is not that homosexuality is "wrong" only that by calling homosexual marriage the same as heterosexual marriage you take the right away from religious institutions to teach certain beliefs. Consequently,the Torah, Bible and Koran start to be looked at as prejudiced and discriminating books.

In order for people to obtain their rights to believe how they choose, the two must be kept separate.

Barb said...

Great great post. You took the words right out of my mouth.

here in Fla.. it is legal for elderly people to have a civil union even if they are same sex for health purposes etc. However, it is illegal and was just voted as an amendment to the constitution as the same for a same sex civil union if those same two elderly people LOVE each other. WTF??? That makes NO sense to me, and I agree with the separation of church and state. It's totally each religion and church's call on whether it's morally ok to preside over a marriage b/n a same sex couple, but the govt should not be making calls based on religion. What if another religion says it's ok? Religious freedom. We are founded on it.