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Fear, fear, and more fear.

I don't hate much of anything, but I do hate fear. And do you know what I hate even more?

People who allow it to rule their lives and insist that I do the same.

People who try to make me afraid.

People who try to make everyone afraid.

People who say:

Don't support the new health care bill because someone will kill grandma.

Don't vote for making Spanish education compulsory (or at least more accessible) in schools because Mexicans will take over the world.

Don't go to France because they hate Americans. (J'adore France et Quebec, merci, et je parle francais - alors, je suis "anti-Americaine?")

And for the love of all that is holy, don't vote for same-sex marriage!

Here! Watch our video about how evil it is! See? It will destroy families and your children will learn about homosexuality in school whether YOU WANT THEM TO OR NOT! There will be NOTHING you can do!

*cue the horror music here*

Seriously, WTF? If you want to argue something with me, give me an argument. Don't try to make me hate. Don't try to make me afraid. Give me facts and evidence. Give me logic and supported points. Do not insult my intelligence with rhetoric and fear-mongering.

I bought a plane ticket the day after they went on sale after 9-11, and I'd do it again (they were cheap, man!). I am fully aware that nothing anyone can do can make me 100% safe, and I'm alright with that. I also know that any children in my life (and adults, for that matter) are going to learn things every day that I would choose to present another way, but you know what? It's my job as their parent, friend, teacher, aunt, etc, to take those things and help them deal with them in a positive way, not pretend those things don't exist.

I saw the commercial I've just described today, because I live in Maine. In Maine, on November 3, 2009, the general public is going to vote on whether or not the bill passed by our governing body to allow same-sex marriage this past summer should remain law or be struck down. The opposition to this bill is being led by the same folks who masterminded the Prop 8 debacle in California.

Suffice to say that you can mark me down as one in the "do not repeal the law" category.

September is probably my favorite month here in Maine. The tourists are gone, the beaches are open, and there's just a touch of color to the leaves and frost in the air. It's absolutely gorgeous. And maybe this fall, we can make it even prettier. Equality for all, says I.

VOTE NO on 1

Maine, the Way Life Should Be

For the record, though I think it matters not one whit to this, I'm straight and have been married ten years. So there.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 21st, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
You go girl! I'm finding life a lot simpler not watching the cable news/shout fests that tell me nothing of substance. Oh and you should have seen the commercial against a same sex marriage bill in Alaska a number of years ago. Never realized that homosexuality took down the Roman Empire. Food for thought - jeesh.
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, it totally did. And here's a little known fact. It also caused the Holocaust. And the Dark Ages. And cholera. It's true!

I watch no TV news and little TV in general (and all of it is recorded then commercials skipped, etc), but with football on, the TV is on a lot in the background. That's how I saw this gem. Sigh...
Sep. 21st, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Isn't it crap that you have to add that little "disclaimer" at the end, lest you be thought of as ONE OF THEM and, therefore, partisan? As opposed to someone who happens to be capable of rational, intelligent, humane, thought?

My disclaimers would of course be that I am a Christian who can (incredible as it seems) do joined-up thinking and recognise, based on solid scientific fact, that people are born straight, gay, bi, and every hue of sexuality in between.

As for the business of state funded health care, as someone who has had fair reason over 42 years to require health care in various spheres (surgical, medical, ophthalmic, dental, gynecological, emergency) I am deeply, deeply, deeply grateful that neither I nor my parents have ever had to pay for it - outside of the monies taken from our taxable earnings. And it should be borne in mind, in any attack made on the British system, that the reason why it seems now to be struggling is because, ironically, it has served its purpose TOO well - to look after the nation's citizens from cradle to grave.
Sep. 21st, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is.

Because yeah...not partisan, except that I am.


As for the NHS, have you seen this article?



How are you doing, btw? Baby ok?
Sep. 22nd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, "The Spectator" is regarded as having a right-wing editorial slant, conservative and Conservative; however, even given the damage which was done to the NHS when the Tories were in power, you would struggle to find a politician or thinker of any political persuasion who would advocate dismantling it altogether. Checking the comments after, it's a little annoying, in the middle of some careful discussion about the merits and problems of both the US and British system, to find the usual playground-level abuse of both countries.

I'm fine, although still in complete denial of the fact that I am due to give birth a week on Monday. And here's me thinking I would have two weeks' maternity leave before baby came!!
Sep. 22nd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the level of maturity in this health care debate is ludicrous.


Anyway. Glad you are well. Good luck and hang in there!
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