Barack Obama and Prop 8

So, I’ll split this entry into two sections, since one really has nothing to do with the other. So, here goes:

Obama’s Landslide Victory
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve now heard that Obama won by a landslide.  It was almost pathetic watching McCain give his concession speech at 8:30 pm PST.  The minute California, Oregon and Washington were given to Obama, he won.  It was so sad.  I was on the phone with my sister and she just laughed.  I really didn’t want it to end this way.  Obama may fix the economy if he does in fact stimulate the middle class by cutting taxes.  If they have more money to spend, then the economy has more movement, and the market may start to balance out.  But, if he’s unsuccessful, then we’re hosed.  I’m also praying for better health care.  I have really crappy insurance, and it’s about $190 per month (I can’t afford that), and I just spent $175 today on test strips and ONE prescription that my insurance doesn’t cover.  I think I spend a good $500 per month on drugs alone, not to mention diabetes testing supplies (those are pricey too).  Stupid insurance.  So, Obama, I implore you: please fix this.

Proposition 8 in California Passes
Not everyone knows what Proposition 8 is, but it’s a big friggin deal in my home state of California.  Gay marriage is a very testy issue, and people who disagree with Gays and Lesbians being able to marry have been thwarted time and again.  Back in 2000, we voted to outlaw gay marriage, and it passed.  But, in 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that us outlawing it was unconstitutional, so it was legal again.  Ppft, says those who disagree.  So, in comes Prop 8, which ammends the California constitution to read that marriage is only legally recognized between a man and a woman.  Suffice to say, I support Prop 8, and there are a million reasons, but the main one is that marriage is a sacred sacrament between man and woman in the Catholic Church, and allowing two men or two women to marry spits in the face of my beliefs.  I know I’m not very eloquent at the moment (it’s late, and I’m tired), but I don’t want my future children to learn in school that marriage can be for anyone.  That is just NOT TRUE.  Marriage is for a man and woman, period.  In California state law, gay couples (aka: domestic partners) already have the same rights as heterosexual couples, so really, this entire argument is over semantics.  Why can’t you be happy with “Civil Union”?  You already stole the entire visible spectrum as your symbol, so leave marriage alone.  It’s all we have left!  Here is a TV commercial for pro Prop 8 citing that it’s here “Whether we like it or not”.  Here is ABC’s most recent news clip on Prop 8.  The numbers right now are 53-47 in favor of Prop 8, so hopefully those numbers will stick.  They should call it in the next hour or so.

Apart from everything else, here is a short video reminding us about the Catholic Vote (it’s very moving).


Romney… defender of ‘all’ faiths?

Today, there was an article on BBC News about Mitt Romney and his bid for the presidency.  Now, I kind of dismissed him as a candidate because he’s mormon.  I don’t have problems with mormons – many of my friends are mormon.  I have problems with my mormon family members trying to convert me every single time I see them. (“Kristin! Have you read that book I gave you yet?” “No, not yet Aunt Ronda.” “Well, why not?” “I misplaced it” (read: it’s holding up the corner of my couch that sags a bit too much).) My father’s sister decided to convert to mormonism, married a guy 10+ years her elder, and then proceeded to have seven children, who all in turn had about five kids each.  I have no idea what my 2nd cousins’ names are because they’re all products of baby farmers.

*sigh* That’s off my chest.  Now, this article really makes me rethink Romney as a potential candidate. He promises to defend all faiths, but does that include non-Christianity faiths?  What about Hindus? Muslims? Jews?  Just because he holds the same ideals as most religions (and yes, you can argue until you’re blue in the face that being Catholic is different from being Protestant, or even from being Muslim, but it’s the same batch of ideals, so get over it) doesn’t mean he’ll support Muslims or Hindus.  Most people think Muslims are terrorists, despite the few vocal people saying, “No, that’s not true!” unfortunately, the majority of uninformed America does.

Here’s an example: At work the other week, I wore my hijab (which isn’t a usual occurrence at work, but is most of the time otherwise, like to class, hanging out, etc) and was called a sand ni**er.  I was rather appalled.  I told him that I preferred the term “Sand ninja”.  He didn’t quite know what to say to that.

Will Romney defend non-Christians?  There seems to be a bit of profiling about terrorists (granted, there have been a lot of angry Muslims, and I do NOT support that), but I want to make sure my religion is as protected as all the Christian religions in America.  If this article is true, then maybe I’ll reconsider Romney.