Fomenting A Rebellion

“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” ::Abigail Adams

Irresponsible Citizenry October 28, 2008

Filed under: pacifism,social issues — ldgafford @ 11:20 pm

I am tired of this presidential campaign. In fact, I’ve been tired of this campaign since about January. First it was the relentless campaigning by candidates for both parties, then it was the Democratic primaries shenanigans, and now – as it comes down to the wire – it’s people on both sides of the party line making outlandish comments about the other party’s candidate. You know what? It’s beyond outlandish. A lot of the comments that are being made are egregious and blatantly false. And it’s pissing me off.

Let’s look at two or three prime examples, shall we? 1) Some Democrats say that they won’t vote for John McCain because they want peace in the next four years. 2) Some Republicans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, terrorist-loving, liberal who’s going to tax the hell out of the middle class as soon as he gets into office. 3) Democrats say that Sarah Palin is so incredibly unqualified that were she to be elected VP and potentially ascend into the presidency, they would leave the country.

So … first things first.

1) I hate to break it to you, Democrats … Barack Obama’s views on the big picture for the war in Iraq, and potential war with Iran aren’t that much different than John McCain’s. In fact, (as far as I can tell by my news-watching and Google research) the only peace issue where Obama seems to truly deviate from McCain is concerning nuclear weapons. While both candidates claim to want to stop nuclear weapon development, McCain is an advocate of the U.S. maintaining a nuclear presence until no one else is a nuclear threat (because that’s realistic while the U.S. is STILL ARMED), while Obama is in favor of abolishing nuclear weapons across the board – INCLUDING the United States. Some good resources to look into these issues are here and here and here.

2) Republicans … get a grip. Let’s address the Muslim issue first, shall we? The faith of a parent is not inherently the faith of the child. Yes, Obama’s father was Muslim. Yes, Obama’s middle name is Hussein. SO WHAT? Barack Obama is not a Muslim – made clear by his long time association with the United Church of Christ. Newsflash: THEY’RE CHRISTIANS. Let me digress here for a moment, though … it wouldn’t matter if Barack Obama was a Muslim. This is a nation that prides itself on freedom of speech and religion, and touts equality for all its citizens (whether or not these things are actually true is another soap box). And I hate to break it to you, but THE U.S. IS NOT AN INHERENTLY CHRISTIAN NATION. We all should have learned this in our most basic political science courses, but just in case you didn’t know: most of the founding fathers were deists or Unitarians (i.e. not “Christian”). If a Muslim wants to run for President of the United States, then GO FOR IT.

It also seems that not only are Republicans calling Obama a Muslim, they’re automatically associating that religion with terrorism. I’ll let Suzanne fill you in on the glaring falsity of that statement, but I’ll give you the short version: Not all terrorists are Muslim. The majority of Muslims aren’t terrorists. STOP making statements that imply as much.

As far as the tax issue goes, Obama’s proposed tax plan would only increase taxes on those who earn over $250,000 per year. The last time I checked, those people weren’t in the “middle class.” And you know what? If you’re making that much money in the first place, higher taxes aren’t going to do that much damage to your lifestyle. The majority of Americans live on far less than that, so stop your whining and get on with your life. If you want more information about the tax issue, go here.

3). Well, that one’s true. I definitely would leave the country if Sarah Palin were president. Maybe I’d go to Russia so she could see me giving her the finger from her house.

What it boils down to is this … I’d like to see citizens of the United States stop practicing irresponsible citizenry by trashing the other side’s candidate with blatant lies. If you’re going to debate, debate on the actual issues. Don’t start spouting some sensational propaganda you think is going to turn people against the other side’s candidate. It just makes you look foolish – to me and to the rest of the world.

If you want more information on where the candidates stand on a multitude of issues, go here. And don’t forget to vote! Unless you’re voting for McCain … kidding! Sort of.


The Girl Effect October 24, 2008

Filed under: social issues,women's rights — ldgafford @ 3:59 pm

If you love me at all (or hey, even if you just like me a little bit), you will watch this video. It’s two minutes out of your day and it’s basically what I’d like to spend my life helping achieve, because I believe every word in this video is ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

Thanks to Amanda for pointing me to the video and the website!


Thought of the Day October 22, 2008

Filed under: social issues,thought of the day,women's rights — ldgafford @ 10:20 pm

Dear Fox News and its Constituents,

Pro-CHOICE does not equal pro-abortion. The End.



Thinking of Africa October 15, 2008

Filed under: africa,social issues — ldgafford @ 5:59 am

I’ve been thinking about Africa the past couple of days, and how much I miss it. I’ve been to Kenya once and Rwanda twice, and both impacted me in very profound ways. However, my time spent in Kibera slum – one of the largest, if not the largest, slums in Africa – is what I remember most vividly.


Question of the Day October 7, 2008

Filed under: for fun,question of the day,social issues — ldgafford @ 10:18 pm

If you had to be a one issue voter (there are no ifs, ands, or buts in this question), what would the issue be and why?



Flirting Her Way to Victory October 3, 2008

Filed under: feminism,social issues — ldgafford @ 7:30 pm

The U.K. publication The Guardian published a very interesting article today about Sarah Palin’s performance in last night’s debate. Here’s part of what it said:

At least three times last night, Sarah Palin, the adorable, preposterous vice-presidential candidate, winked at the audience. Had a male candidate with a similar reputation for attractive vapidity made such a brazen attempt to flirt his way into the good graces of the voting public, it would have universally noted, discussed and mocked. Palin, however, has single-handedly so lowered the standards both for female candidates and American political discourse that, with her newfound ability to speak in more-or-less full sentences, she is now deemed to have performed acceptably last night.

I have to say that I absolutely agree with everything said in this article. Somehow, in between gender politics and political correctness, it has become unacceptable to make an intelligent argument and use words that are longer than one syllable (“maverick” doesn’t count). Although Joe Biden won the debate by every major news outlet’s standards (with the widest margin of victory being from Fox News, go figure), disparaging remarks are still being made about how he doesn’t know how to communicate with “us normal folk.” Yet Sarah Palin, with all her winking and inability to answer the simplest of questions, is being lauded for “relating” to the middle class. You know, Debbie Homemaker and Joe Sixpack.

How are people not offended by this? Is the collective morale of the American people so low that we can’t see ourselves as intelligent human beings who can understand phrases more complicated than “You betcha!”?

I don’t know about you, but I want the leaders of my country to be MORE INTELLIGENT than I am. Relatability is all well and good, but at the end of the day that’s not how policy is put into action. That is apparently, however, how you get to be the VP pick for the GOP. Nevermind being able to formulate a sentence that can actually be diagrammed – Sarah Palin is a former beauty queen who knows how to work the camera and that’s good enough!

November 4th is fast approaching. God help us.


The VP Debate: A Tally October 2, 2008

Filed under: social issues — ldgafford @ 8:52 pm

So Meredith, Jennifer, and I all decided to watch the VP debate tonight … with plenty of beer on hand. We decided against a drinking game (namely one that would require drinking every time Sarah Palin made an idiotic statement – meaning one would be drunk in the first five minutes), and decided to keep a tally of how many times each candidate said certain things. Here are the results:

Sarah Palin
Hockey: 2
John McCain: 37
Barrack Obama: 19
“Darn Right” (or some version thereof): 4
Alaska: 17
Didn’t actually answer the question asked: 17

Joe Biden
Middle Class: 11
Local: 4
Barrack Obama: 43
John McCain: 65

How many times Meredith and Lindsay said or gestured “Fuck”

31 (mostly in reference to Sarah Palin’s astounding idiocy)

Clearly we had an entertaining time with this debate. If I wasn’t already decided, this debate did it for me. Joe Biden was intelligent, thoughtful, and actually answered the questions that were asked of him. Granted, he did say “John McCain” WAY too much and there was no discussion of the working poor in the United States, but clearly the Obama/Biden ticket is the superior one.

Now I’m going to go hang with the Castro brothers and talk about how much we love Israel. Because that’s how I roll.