Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Where I Stand

-I think the government should not play a big role in our day to day lives. I don't like that schools police what kind of food kids are bringing for lunch. I heard a story yesterday about NYC Mayor Bloomberg banning churches from giving food to homeless unless they meet the nutritional requirements set up by the city. Yeah, that is helpful for people who just need food. I doubt these churches are just handing out candy bars to people. I don't want to be told that I have to do what the government thinks is best for me just because some people can't act right.

-That being said, I don't support the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. I work in youth alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention and believe that youth getting involved with those substances is harmful and will hurt the future of our country.

-I support legislation that makes children safe. I wish there was a zero tolerance policy when it comes to people that harm children. Touch a child and you automatically get thrown into prison for life. I also support the death penalty.

-I used to just shrug my shoulders when it came to the issue of Gay Rights but now, I cringe and shake my head when I hear people spouting off about how citizens of this country who are gay are harmful, unnatural and detrimental to society. They are just people. People who happen to love another person. Be compassionate. Be caring. Be open-minded. See the bigger picture. How does two women or two men living together, loving each other effect YOU personally? It doesn't.

I'm sure a majority of my readers (including myself) weren't alive when Loving v. Virginia took place. Interracial marriage used to be illegal. The Racial Integrity Act criminalized the marriages between a white person and a non-white person. I wonder how many people who oppose same sex relationships knows someone who is in an interracial marriage. I can count almost 20 of my facebook friends that would be arrested for their relationships if the Racial Integrity Act was still in existence today. Would you EVER say to one of those people, "No, you shouldn't be together. It is unnatural, harmful and detrimental to society." That is how it once was. And I hope someday, we can look back and shake our heads and say "What were we thinking" when it comes to banning gay marriage.

-The more I hear about our choices for President (Republican and Obama) the more I just want to throw my hands in the air and quit. I'll vote for local and state offices and local and state laws but I do not want to vote for a President that I don't have a strong, positive feeling about. I just can't bring myself to do it. How am I being true to myself by casting a vote for someone I think it is completely off their rocker or completely wrong for this country? And lets be real: I live in California. My vote isn't going to throw the state over to a Republican anytime soon.

-I wish social issues weren't even an issue in politics. How hilarious and sad is it to hear grown men talk about birth control pills? Seriously? Shut up. Abortion? Shut up. Gay marriage? Shut up. Focus on the issues that really matter. The economy. Jobs.

-Everyone: Find your sensitivity knob. I think it is located somewhere near your 5th vertebra. Turn it down a notch. Let's stop being so politically correct and get a sense of humor. Life will be more fun!

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