Nov. 7th, 2005
Payback's a bitch  
Veto ArnoldA couple months ago, our governor made news by exposing (by example) the blatant hypocrisy of the religious right's anti-gay crusade by vetoing the first state legislation that legalized gay marriage under their terms—using the standard legislative channels of our republic.

In response, I've been considering voting against all of Ahnold's referenda; but part of me (the unfrosted side), feels as if that's voting out of spite which feels wrong. However, I think there is a legitimate argument to be made for this action. These propositions are tied to Arnold; he claims them as "his." His ads appeal to voters to support him, meaning that his spin doctors will take any of these passing to be a feather in his cap to use to try to help improve his image in the state (which has fallen drastically), which may increase his chance of winning reelection.

Now, I'm somewhat ashamed to admit, I voted for Arnold (but against the recall). I believe moderate Republicans are valuable to have because they're the only people who can push the neocons out of Republican Party. Recently, however, we've seen that when push comes to shove, these moderate Republicans have no backbone and just tow the line they're fed by the same rabid religious nut jobs that are controlling the party.

In truth, I would likely support at least the referendum dealing with union fees (I'm just not a huge fan of unions), but I can't help Ahnold have any victories. I will do what I can to marginalize him as he has marginalized me until he is out of office and can be replaced by someone who treats all residents of this state as equal—including the fags.

So I've decided, I will be voting NO on 73, 74, 75, 76, and 77, with a still mildly-conflicted, but very clear conscience. The rest I'll be deciding tonight after I have a chance to read up on them.

I hate that in some ways I've become a single-issue voter, but, to use Maslow's hierarchy as an analogy, I can't concern myself with your other issues until you take care of my basic needs. At the risk of being a touch melodramatic, rejecting any candidate who does not support my civil rights is my silent protest. When enough of us do this, they'll have to listen.

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Mood: determined
Listening to: Simple Plane - Perfect (Acoustic Version)
 
 
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matadormexicano on November 8th, 2005 - 12:20 am
im compleatly and utterly on your side on this one! down with arnold!!!!
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josh: sauronsoundofthemoon on November 8th, 2005 - 12:32 am
I'm voting NO on all his props. I'm not a big union fan either, but until there are similar restrictions on corporations that would be wrong. I'm especially voting no on 77 (redistricting) - that's an evil power grab if ever there was one.

And I'm with you on the civil rights litmus test. If a candidate wants to take away my basic human rights, it doesn't make any difference to me if he is going to raise my standard of living.
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justinformative on November 8th, 2005 - 12:32 am
if i could vote here, i'd totally join your crazy brigade.
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machmed on November 8th, 2005 - 03:52 am
I'm so glad you're taking this stance because while watching something about this earlier, I was wishing I was a citizen of that state simply so I could do just that.
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cliffsocakid825 on November 11th, 2005 - 04:36 am
excellent post, david.

=)
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 11th, 2005 - 05:33 am
Thanks =)
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perry: Kid Percompositeur on November 14th, 2005 - 09:41 pm
good post dude! I like your argument about "single-issue voter" ... i'll have to remember that.

ummm, that Lick Me icon - that's u right?
*drools, falls over*
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 14th, 2005 - 10:36 pm
that's all me... well, except the blinking "lick me" part
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perry: RobeLegscompositeur on November 15th, 2005 - 06:05 pm
*feel*the*lick*
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Teenage Dreamweedonranger on November 15th, 2005 - 02:04 pm
i like your typo, or was that intentional?

"Listening to: Simple Plant"
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 15th, 2005 - 04:08 pm
lmao.. definitely typo. was listening to LaunchCAST at the time, so I had to type it in.

*fixed*
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