I’ve probably made it clear by now that while I love my country and get involved in politics as they apply to me (LGBT issues mostly), I tend to just stay back and form my own opinion quietly about the larger political situation and let others do so. However, my dad sent me an email earlier this week as a “playful” view of politics, and his political views. I’ve included it below, and then, I think I’m going to give a more believable view of the political field by actually citing my examples. And then some commentary because much as I hate to say it, for once there actually is a superior candidate for us as a minority community.
Which side of the fence?
If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!
If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.
If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A Democrat, he wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Democrats demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.
If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A Democrat will delete it because he’s “offended”.
And now for some real examples, courtesy of me.
If a Democrat is a woman, she’ll work for her own goals, and bring about peaceful relations with all peoples (Hillary Clinton).
If a Republican is a woman, she’ll have to ask her husband for permission before doing anything (Michelle Bachmann).
If a Democrat is a black man, he will keep his race a non-issue and will push for equality for all peoples (Barack Obama).
If a Republican is a black man, he will remind you of that fact constantly while pushing for an oppression of American citizens (Herman Cain).
If a Democrat is gay, he will be open and honest about who he is, and work for civil rights for not just members of his own community, but all communities (Barney Frank).
If a Republican is gay, he will lie to others about who he is, consistently fight against his own rights, and will eventually get caught having illegal sexual activities in public places (Larry Craig).
If a Democrat is religious, he keeps it quiet and supports religious freedom for all (Al Franken).
If a Republican is religious, he will try to force his religious views on others while discriminating against members of other faiths (Rick Santorum).
I could keep going, and give more and more examples. Like how Tim Pawlenty wants to weaken our military during time of war by reinstating Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. There’s two sides to every story, and two ways of looking at any situation, but this election year, the Republicans didn’t bring out anyone remotely sane, and the obvious vote for any sexual minority or gender minority (whether female, trans, genderqueer, agender, gay, bi, asexual, or something else I’m forgetting to mention) is for Obama. The two party system needs to be revamped, and we need more parties and for them to have a legitimate chance of winning. The Republican Party and the Tea Party need to split and go their separate ways, because as it stands right now, famous Republicans that are idolized by the party like Ronald Reagan would never survive in today’s political climate. I have friends and associates from all around the world, and they have time and time again said to me something along the lines of “we’re watching the American elections and primaries in a state of fear. Who let these people out of the asylum?”
So folks, the deadline to register to vote is coming up soon. I’m waiting 2 weeks for my name change to be finalized before I register, but you can be sure I’m voting. I urge all of you to go to the polls, make your voices heard, and vote in favor of the rights of yourselves and others. And if you were thinking about voting for Romney, take a step back and look at his stances honestly. The ACLU, HRC, and NAACP have all shown their displeasure and low ratings of him. This is an election year of the rich, white man fighting for other rich, white men against the multicultural incumbent who works for the rights of all. There is no question of who I’m voting for, and I think most of us feel that way already. Maybe next time we’ll have an actual choice instead of the crazy fighting the sensible.
Have a good weekend all, and please put your own opinions on this electoral debacle in the comments below.