I for one am not a big fan of politics, and as such, decided to keep most political comments to myself. This is mainly because I have strong opinions that don’t follow the main-stream of the blue-haired majority, and I don’t necessarily enjoy opening myself up to “trolling” and the like. However, there are a few things that have occurred that I feel need mentioning.
Here are a few of my comments about this most recent election:
- I like Mr. Obama; I see a lot of potential in him. I was in awe watching the United States of America make history voting in a man who is of the top two races here. I think he might be the one to bridge the gaps in Congress – that of the parties, of race, of social status, and more. For the first time since I was a child, I have hope for America, and am proud of my half-American roots.
- However, we simultaneously voted in discrimination and a bi-racial president. Go us.
- It is not the government’s job to save my soul and keep me from going to hell. It is also not their job to tell me (or anyone else) who I can and cannot marry, nor what I can and cannot do to my body. I strongly feel that the separation of Church and State has been breached.
- For Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County: I want you to take a loooong look at the results of the state. Yes, you were voted back into office (this is a Republican state. It was bound to happen). But Proposition 202 – Stopping Illegal Hiring failed. Your job is to uphold the law, not create new ones, and not to target. This does not mean you should “do it more.” I ask you to target CRIMINALS, not people (read HUMAN BEINGS) that do not have the proper paperwork to be in the country. Lack of paperwork does not a criminal make.
- To Arkansas: Yes, you were targeting “gay and lesbian couples,” but you also made it so that a single man or woman in the nesting mode who has not found a life partner to marry cannot adopt or foster a child, either. That means that if I lived in Arkansas and (heaven-forbid) something happened to my father or step-mother, I could not adopt or foster my much younger siblings – simply because I am unmarried. Do you recognize heterosexual domestic partnership? They can’t adopt or foster, either.
- To Colorado and Nebraska: Thank you. I am tired of being discriminated against (and punished) because I am a single white female who has not given birth to a child. It becomes most obvious of this when I try to attend college and cannot file for my own FAFSA despite that I have supported myself since I was 14 years old just because I still talk to my parents.
I look forward to the changes to come. Maybe I’ll even stick around to see them unfold.