Gay Marriage .. More Important than you think
I was discussing this with my Mother today. Or more the point she was giving me her opinions and they started me making mental notes. She feels that Government is similar to parentage, with the grand exception that we have a some influence over who are parents will be. The following thoughts were stirred by that philosophy.
Gay Rights as well as many Other important rights still being fought for are Much more important than many think. Whether you are Personaly affected by Same -Sex Marriage or Abortion or Immigration or any other Political Hot Topic theres is a serious consideration to made.
When choosing who to back and vote for in any Political Election those things matter whether the issues themselves matter to you or not. If Gay Marriage, for example, is no big deal to you thats fine but you should consider how the Candidates feel about it because it Is a matter of Civil Rights in general. Today Gay Rights, tomorrow, What? What Rights do you hold dear? What would You fight to Have or fight to Keep?
Every Civil Right that is opposed opens the gate to Deteriorating and eventualy Abolishing others. If a Candidate is opposed to a Right on Religious grounds, that can be a bad sign. Will ALL of their decisions be based solely on their Religious views? Are Your Religious views exactly the same as the candidates? Is there a chance you and they may be at odds on some other issue later? What about the fact that the U.S Constution inherently FORBIDS legislation based on Religious grounds?
Maybe they just don’t like it. Ok, well, I’m sure there are Alot of things You don’t like but would you make laws against them just Beacuse of that? Would that be the American Way? What if the candidate doesn’t like something that you Do like? Still glad you threw your vote their way when they Ban some of your favorite pass-times?
Too many people don’t realize the danger in electing people simply because they agree with them on a few issues. You must Always stop and think about Why they are on the same page as you and is Their motivation trustworthy and logical in full consideration or is it arbitrary and based on Personal and/or Religous opinion alone. It’s fine to be for or against something for personal or religious reasons but if you are in a position to enact or defeat changes that affect entire communities, personal and religous reasons are of no value to the decision beyond the choice to be part of the process or abstain from it on moral or personal grounds.
By that last I mean, I do understand a devout catholic not being able to support abortion in any form due to their Religious Beliefs specificaly Stating they cannot. In that case they should abstain from voting or in any way influencing the vote on the subject and make it public record Why they abstained. Which leads me to another thought.
If a person is unable to seperate their Political and/or Public Duties from their Religious or Moral Duties, they are unfit for Public Office. I don’t mean that to insult anyones character, I have great respect for integrity. However, when a persons code of integrity does not allow for compromise between their personal beliefs and the needs and beliefs of the Society they serve, Democracy as we know it breaks down and the People suffer needlesly.
When you decide to become involved in Politics in ANY way, even if it’s no more than casting your vote, please, put your country first and your personal agenda second. You may be surprised how often the two compliment each other.
“Ask not what your Country can do for you …. Ask what You can do for your country” (JFK)
Ponder that sometime, beyond the patriotic, flag waving, rousing blurbs it gets tied into by so many politions trying to get your attention and your vote. Contemplate the deeper, closer to home meaning of those words and what the country would be like if more of us would set aside our prejudice and bias and think about someone elses needs and wants and dreams. We are all in this boat together whether we like it or not after all.
Show some love and compassion for you surrogate Brothers and Sisters in this great nation. When you have a chance to make a difference, make a difference that benefits them as well as you.
About WilliamJust a Blogger with too much time to kill. Ranting and Raving about whatever is on my mind when I sit down to type. Politics, Religion, Social issues even Personal crap..errr ...Revelations at times.
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