I was a little taken aback by the profound sandness I felt at the anti-gay marriage ammendments that passed in my state, Arizona, Florida, and California.  I can’t help but feel that 50 years from now, we will be ashamed of our biggotry and ignorance.

There’s been a lot of comparisons between the gay rights movement and the civil rights movement.  Being in a interracial relationship, I can’t help but relate it to the race-based restrictions on marriage that existed in many states until 1967, when the Supreme Court declared them unconstitutional in Loving v. Virginia.  This year, on June 12, the anniversary of the decision, which some people have called “interracial couples day” or “Loving Day,” I actually did feel a profound appreciation for the ability to marry anyone I choose, and very aware that only 40 years ago, I wouldn’t have had that freedom in every state.  And since I’m bi-racial myself, prior to Loving, my parents might not have been able to get married, and I might never have been born.

I can’t think of anyone I know who would look me in the eye today and say they believed in any limitations on my rights, as a heterosexual woman, to marry anyone I choose.  However, I do know many, many people who would be willing to deny that right to a gay person with the straightest of faces.  And add, at least in their mind, that they are probably going to hell.  They may believe the Bible says it’s wrong to be gay, but guess what?  50 years ago they also said the Bible said it was wrong for people of different races to marry.  And before that, that the Bible justified salvery.

I should wrap this up before I cry for the umpteenth time this eletion week, but I just want to shout at the top of my lungs… don’t you see?!  How don’t you not see?!!!  Future generations will judge us harshly for this, and rightly so.

Advertisements

What a beautiful, wonderful, happy day.

I totally forgot about this – or you know, mentally repressed it, whatever – until I saw a posts on Feministe and Feministing about it.

Don’t put my health in air quotes, John McCain. First, air quotes? Really? Secondly, on the off chance you actually become president, your VP choice doesn’t give me the luxury of showing similar disregard for your health!

Update:  More blacklash after the jump.

Read the rest of this entry »

“John McCain needed a miracle in his final debate with Barack Obama on Wednesday night, a miracle that would wipe away McCain’s deficit in the polls and reenergize his flagging campaign.

He did not get one. The clouds did not part. Heavenly choirs were not heard. Instead, the American public heard angry attacks from McCain.”

Roger Simon, Politico

I have a confession: I fell asleep during the debate.  I had a long day!  I was in the library/class from 8:30 to 5:30.  I know it doesn’t sound long, but I find being in the law library studying, or being in class, about ten times more exhausting than spending those hours at the office ever was.  I know, excuses, excuses.

What I remember before I fell asleep:

McCain: Barack Obama will raise your taxes.

Obama: I will not raise taxes for 95% of Americans.

McCain: Barack Obama will raise your taxes.

Obama: I will not raise taxes for 95% of Americans.

(repeat)

I feel asleep just as things were getting good.  If I remember correctly, McCain was accusing Obama of spending the majority of his time in the Illinois State Legislature trying his bestest to kill teh babiez.  And Obama was just about to tell him how he’s full of shit.  Luckily, through the magic of TiVo, I can finish it now.  I’ll update!

Update: Obama is a little weak on abortion.  Boyfriend and I debate whether he really believes what he’s saying, or whether he has to say it.  Relying on the hope Barack has instilled in our hearts, we choose to believe he has to say what he’s saying.

Update:  I love the idea of trading a year of public service for college tuition credit.  I would have been all over that as an undergraduate.  B says I shouldn’t worry about how I’m going to pay for my children’s college education, because the world will have ended by then.

Update:  Closing statement was great.  Tie, not so sure.  Michelle’s dress on the other hand – awesome.

I’ve been really hesitant to write about the frightening racism that’s been displayed at McCain/Palin rallies lately.  It’s partially because I don’t fully understand what’s going on, and partially because I have such strong feelings about it on a gut level, that I’m afraid what my feelings would look like if I truly explored this recent phenomenon intellectually.

Because of this I was really glad to see Frank Rich’s editorial in the Times today.  He describes what’s been going on in such a thoughtful and comprehensive way.  One thing that struck me about this editorial is the overwhelming number of hyperlinks.  The law student in me appreciates a man who cites his sources, something the Right seems to have a hard time doing these days.

While you can’t believe a word that comes out of John McCain’s mouth these days, I really want to believe this economist from the University of Chicago:

“The idea is that banking is so central to the American economy that the government is justified in virtually nationalizing much of the industry in order to save us from a potential depression.

There are two faulty assumptions here. First, saving America’s banks won’t save the economy. And second, the economy doesn’t really need saving. It’s stronger than we think.

Bear with me. I know that most everyone has been saying for a couple of weeks that something has to be done; a banking crisis could quickly become a wider crisis, pulling the rest of us down. For this reason, the Wall Street bailout is supposed to be better than no plan at all.

Read the rest of this entry »

I just finished watching John Stewart, and he did a little segment on how the media is explaining the financial crisis to us like we’re six-year-olds.  Literally.  ABC News did a cartoon.  A cartoon.  How has the idea that the “true” America is comprised of a bunch of “Joe Six Packs” become so ingrained in our national narrative?  Joe Six Pack may need a cartoon to explain the financial crisis to him, but really – most of us don’t.

I know a lot has been written about this, but every time I hear the word “elite” or “elitism” used as an epithet, I cringe.  The political world is the only place “elite” is something bad.  The Special Forces are elite.  And thank God.  You couldn’t send a bunch of hacks out to do their job.  But somehow in politics, education at great schools, intellect, and the ability to see a complex and nuanced world (which may or may not include the eating of arugula and the ability to correctly pronounce “Pakistan”) are considered a detriment by many.  Like a lot of people I know, I’ve dedicated so much of my life to education and learning, and it’s terrifying to see that decried every time I turn on my television.

I understand that the left and the right have our differences.  But I don’t understand a whole side of the debate displaying the scorn we’ve seen in the last few years, and in this campaign in particular, for intellect.  David Brooks, conservative columist at the New York Times, describes how we went from the intellectual Republicans of days past to – Sarah Palin.

Every time I hear the McCain/Palin campaign’s rants about the Ayers issue, I think, read the papers – the Dow is down about 1,000,000 points, no one cares about your shameful Swiftboat-like attacks.  Unfortunately, one of the occupational hazards of having fall break is that I’m forced to watch The View, and you guessed it, Elisabeth Hasselbeck does care.  Very much. And somehow I think she’s not the only one.

Which is why I was glad to see this awesome Gail Collins column in the New York Times yesterday.  By McCain standards, many of us have a guilt-by-association-worthy connection.  McCain included.

Note: Elisabeth Hasselbeck makes me want to tear out my hair.  Why the hell do I watch The View?

The former International Relations major in me got the warm fuzzies when Barack Obama correctly pronounced Pakistan during the debate the other night.  And the cynic in me worried that someone, somewhere, with a reader/viewership, was going to find a way to make correctly pronouncing foreign countries into something bad.

I wasn’t disappointed.  Correctly pronouncing foreign countries.  How elitist of him.

Oh, and via Think Progress, aparently Gen. David Petraeus uses the same “exotic pronounciation.”