As I said, I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue. I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. And that’s why, in addition to everything we’ve done in this administration — rolling back Don’t Ask Don’t Tell so that outstanding Americans can serve our country; whether it’s no longer defending the Defense (of) Marriage Act, which tried to federalize what has historically state law — I’ve stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community.
And I’d hesitated on gay marriage because, in part, I thought civil unions would be sufficient, that that was something that would give people hospital visitation rights and other elements that we take for granted. And I was sensitive to the fact that, for a lot of people, the word ‘marriage’ is something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs, and so forth.
But I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed, monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines, sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrained even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage — at a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
On January 16, GOP candidate Jon Huntsman dropped out of the running for the presidency - and I have to say that I was pretty upset. Huntsman was my guy, my moderate conservative.
As an American citizen who is able to vote next November, I have been trying to keep from aligning myself so exclusively with one party. It is my duty as a citizen to vote intelligently, and not vote for Obama just because I decided I was a Democrat when I was in eighth grade. Now Huntsman is gone, and I am shaking my head at who is left.
Let’s start with Newt Gingrich, who won the South Carolina Primary on January 21. Newt wrote a book, Rediscovering God in America, all about how our Founding Fathers created a Christian nation, and America needs to return to its religious heritage. I haven’t read the book, but from the summary on Amazon, I think I wouldn’t like it, being that America was founded on the principles of religious freedom, and Thomas Jefferson’s separation of church and state, something I learned in seventh grade social studies. Also, for someone so dedicated to the Christian religion, Newt seems to have trouble following the seventh commandment (“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”) Gingrich has had two affairs and three wives over the years. I have a little bit of a problem electing a president who preaches one thing, but does another.
The entire world heard when Mitt Romney said he “likes to fire people.” It’s even available as a ringtone. Romney has painted a picture of himself as the exceptionally wealthy politician he is. What really matters to me, however, is the $374,000 Romney makes in speaking fees, which he has said is “not very much.” Not much? $374,000 is more money than most Americans make in a year. Romney is out of touch with the American people.
Feminists, pro-choice supporters, and the gay community have criticized Rick Santorum for his traditional, conservative views. One particular view that concerns me is Santorum’s opinion on global warming: he doesn’t believe it exists. He does not believe that the human race has affected our climate. He believes it is “patently absurd.” Due to this view, Santorum supports controversial issues such as offshore drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline. For Santorum, the pros (money) outweigh the cons (environmental damage) with regard to issues that concern our planet. We may be in a recession, and the economy may be one of the top priorities for the white house, but should it hold precedence over the state and well being of the earth and its inhabitants?
Ron Paul. Ron Paul doesn’t believe in the theory of evolution. Now, let’s be logical about this: a theory, in science, is a proven hypothesis. Once a hypothesis becomes a theory, after many experiments and observations, it is no longer hypothetical. It is regarded in the scientific community, and basically all over the world, to be true. “You know [evolution] is a theory, nobody has concrete proof of any of this,” explains Ron Paul. You would think that Ron Paul would know that by ‘theory’, it means that there is proof, from his many years in the medical field. I don’t want a President who doesn’t understand basic scientific principles and disputes scientific theories.
No matter how hard I try to have an open mind, I cannot really like any of the Republican candidates. In my mind, they are just a group of crotchety old men, trying in vain to connect to the largely moderate, unemployed American nation.