Jul. 14th, 2004
A Letter from the President!  

Of course he was soliciting money for his campaign. Using one of the stickers I got from the HRC at NY pride this year, I thought I'd return it.

I decided to use their enclosed business reply envelope, which should cost them about $1 to receive. It's not much, but it's about the cost of sending out a couple more letters maybe they won't be able to send out. Even better, maybe they'll take me off their list.

"The Republican Party platform is clear: We believe marriage is the legal union of one man and one woman. We must pursue whatever policy is necessary to protect this institution, including a Federal Marriage Amendment to the United States Constitution." -RNC Chairman Gillespie

Truthfully, it will be nothing short of a miracle if I don't change my party affiliation in the next couple of weeks. Yes, I'm economically conservative. I believe very strongly in states' rights. Considering I'm gay, I'd have to be a fool not to. Unlike the state, we certainly have very few federal laws protecting us from discrimination (and what few protections we did have, GW Bush has seen to that). It's pretty safe to say that the Republican Party, formerly the Party of Lincoln, formerly the party against big government and against federalism, pretty much doesn't stand for anything it's supposed to anymore. It sacrificed the principals that are supposed to be at the core of their beliefs in order to wage this holy war.

I'm just sick of it.

I'm sick of trying to defend why on Earth I would voluntarily be part of a group that's been taken over by a bunch of fundamentalist, ignorant bigots. And as much as I think capitalism and less government is by far better than any of the alternatives, I would rather pay higher taxes and deal with bigger bureaucracy under a government that treats me with respect rather than live under this regime that actively and maliciously tries to relegate me to that of a second class citizen; a group that uses my civil rights as a pawn in this sick political game, even knowing that their rhetoric is going to be responsible for increased hate crimes and attacks against gays and lesbians. They don't care, as long as their jihad gets furthered.

And then there's this douche bag:

You know, the "Honorable" Senator Rick Santorum, one of the main proponents behind the FMA. Let's not forget, about a year ago, Republican Senator Santorum was the one who had these things to say in an interview with the Associated Press:

"We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that have sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose. Because, again, I would argue, they undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family. And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue, yes, it does. It comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn't exist, in my opinion, in the United States Constitution, this right that was created...."

"....The idea is that the state doesn't have rights to limit individuals' wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire. And we're seeing it in our society."

The AP asked a final question: Would a "President Santorum" eliminate a right to privacy—you don't agree with it? Santorum concluded, "I've been very clear about that. The right to privacy is a right that was created in a law that set forth a ban on rights to limit individual passions. And I don't agree with that."
(source: mswnews.com)

This is the voice of the Republican Party today.

I just can't do this anymore.

I mean I guess I understand why Santorum is such a lunatic, if he believes the crap that spews from his pea-sized brain, in his entire life he's probably only had sex for procreation purposes, in the missionary position, and with the lights out. What a pathetic existence; I'd go crazy too. The poor bastard doesn't know what it's like to fully enjoy the gifts that god/budha/life has given us. You know, the ability to have wild, raucous sex for hours that results in shelves coming down from the walls and furniture being knocked over. I'd bet money old Ricky doesn't know that kind of passion. He's too busy throwing stones and living his life under the tyranny of manufactured religious guilt.

And as long as that repressed, backwards rube is the face and voice of the Republican Party, I want no part of it. Someone come get me when Bush and Santorum are censured by the party and McCain takes over. Until then, I no longer identify with this party. Let them wage their jihad, but the bastards will do it without my name on their rosters.

Now... can someone give me the name of a good party to switch to?
Mood: contemplative
Listening to: Thursday - War All The Time
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semaj_miasma on July 15th, 2004 - 01:52 am
bah. politics is bullshit. i wish we didnt have to fucken vote. its a load of crock cause basically the election is divided into 2 parties. so in the end, you'll never get what you want, cause basically your just following what somone .else. thinks is cool.

its called being your own person you fucking lunatics. wouldnt they hate it if they were all of a sudden, just another person in the system. voting for someone *they* hate.

we need an anarchy. some basic rules such as no killing, stealing, blah blah fucking blah so people can get on with the stupid bloody lives instead of making all these laws cause a few people are unhappy with the feelings they cant control cause they have the emotional age of 1.244398733487567435
i think that the law should be some basic structure of, if its not yours, dont touch.... unless you have permission. so that means rape has been ruled out, same with murder, stealing, violence....
"cause with violence against women.... australia says no!"
BAHAHAHAHA. you have to see that add....
so anyway you get the jist of my comments...
*damn people*
my names james by the way.... if you forgot. swipe69 got me thinking no one remembers my name..... bahahah.
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Teenage Dreamweedonranger on July 15th, 2004 - 07:40 pm
thats hot.
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Alexander: chat bubblealexanderwolf on July 15th, 2004 - 02:31 am
A Friendly Letter
That's great about your letter. Hopefully you will be taken off any database rosters.

I'm of a similar situation / belief structure, and your entry sums up everything (at least that I feel) quite well.

It seems that Santorum is the worst of the lot. I hate to be reminded of the infamous tirade in which he drew comparisons to incest. What a mean person.
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The People's Exhibit A: Lewis Blackdavidology on July 15th, 2004 - 05:08 pm
Re: A Friendly Letter
I would hope so. I have more stickers, so all future solicitations with business reply envelopes will be going back the same way. At $1 a pop, it's gonna get a little pricey for them!

Santorum is just a despicable, awful human being. I don't know how people voted for him. They should all be ashamed of themselves. :-/
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ex_prezrober685 on July 15th, 2004 - 04:55 am
David... <3... don't leave me!!!

There's always Arnold to be happy about. :) And Colin, and ... okay... not much, but still I'd rather be in a party I know where I stand than be with a party that has lofty unaccomplishable ideas. I want to get something done and this war to me has been nothing but just... not because of parties and politics - but because of the people it has liberated and the democracy it is creating. That's worth a lot.
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josh: votesoundofthemoon on July 15th, 2004 - 01:24 pm
Come live in CA and then tell me why we should be happy about Arnold. He's better than Grey "Especially Interested" Davis, but then who wouldn't be?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 15th, 2004 - 05:11 pm
Hey, I kinda like Ahnold. We need more charismatic moderate Republicans to oust these fundamentalist nut jobs!
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Pon Farrponfarr on July 15th, 2004 - 07:17 am
You're just like me, a fiscal conservative and social liberal. I think that just makes us greedy because we want it both ways. Sort of like bisexuals (if they really do exist, but we all know they're just closet homos). You should include a printout of some raunchy gay porn in the RNC envelope.
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Gres02gres02 on July 15th, 2004 - 09:16 am
David, you have figured it out.

You are for fiscal responsibility. Bush and the republican led house and senate have given us our largest deficit in history.

You are for state's rights. Bush and the republican's are pushing federal laws down our thoats- from medicinal marijauna to the patriot act to the marraige amendment.

I think that you are attached to strongly to a word. Republican doesn't mean what it used to. Maybe it is time to step away from a word and start looking at each candidate and voting based on track record and less on party affiliation.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 15th, 2004 - 05:16 pm
Re: yup
I can't say I've ever really voted on party lines. In fact, lately I've become more leary of even voting for a Republican I don't know about because I fear s/he's one of these crazies. It's more about deciding the party affiliation that's on paper. I feel some sense of responsibility to stay in the Republican Party to vote for sane candidates, but it seems hopeless. Riorden lost, McCain lost.... The inmates are running the asylum. I don't agree with a number of the Democratic Party's position, and I kind of feel like (personally) that choosing a 3rd party or "No party affiliation" is a cop out (not to mention strips me of any real voice in the primaries).

Blah... I keep saying I want to stay through the election. In the horrible event Bush were to win reelection, I think it would send a strong message to the Republican Party if people left in droves immediately after.
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Milamber: Diablomilamberrex on July 15th, 2004 - 09:43 am
. . .raucous sex for hours that results in shelves coming down from the walls . . .

Having never had the shelves coming down from the walls, I must conclude that I must be doing something wrong!
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Adamecho3347 on July 15th, 2004 - 11:06 am
when you find out...tell me ok? heh
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Milamber: Diablomilamberrex on July 15th, 2004 - 01:58 pm
definitely ;)
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The People's Exhibit A: sex with suedavidology on July 15th, 2004 - 05:16 pm
You just have to try harder!
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Milamber: Cammilamberrex on July 15th, 2004 - 05:22 pm
or die trying! :)
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Codeboy1978codeboy1978 on July 15th, 2004 - 10:06 am
:) hahaha not sure I can give you a name of a party, but it was a great journal entry to read. :) You really think a lot and have strong opinions. I like that.
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The People's Exhibit A: The Braindavidology on July 15th, 2004 - 05:17 pm
Yeah, I'm kind of an ass like that :-P
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Poet Guypharm1215 on July 15th, 2004 - 11:32 am
I had one of those stickers. That's cute what you did with it.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 15th, 2004 - 05:20 pm
Thanks. It felt better than just throwing the letter away.
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donovand on July 15th, 2004 - 11:47 am
it's also fun to click on republican banners, sure it's only a few pennies here and there but it helps.
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machmed on July 15th, 2004 - 01:45 pm
Wow, I can't believe that Santorum guy actually said all of that--that's just unreal. I mean, really, who says stuff like that?

No privacy, huh? So is he kind of an exhibitionist or something? Does he propose the goverment just install surveillance cameras into every single American's bedroom to monitor their sexual acts (I bet he secretly WISHES he could do that to the gay men he "condemns").

Seriously though, what a creepy guy.

In regards to his ideals of sexual privacy: if he is even trying to imply that we should all have to watch him have “sex” (with whatever he does that with) then I’m going to have to give him a big NO THANK YOU.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 15th, 2004 - 05:20 pm
Re: Yikes!
Hey, if there's a surveillance cam in my room, I better be getting paid by the minute, that's all I gotta say.

I agree. I don't want to see him naked!
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Andreworderinchaos on July 16th, 2004 - 11:09 am
Re: Yikes!
you'll probably find out in 10 or 30 years that he's either a child molestor or something else. most of those rabid types usually are.
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machmed on July 15th, 2004 - 01:48 pm
Oh, and also:
can someone give me the name of a good party to switch to?

Yeah, I have one that I have found fits very closely with my ideals--the "independent party."

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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on July 16th, 2004 - 08:49 am
The People's Exhibit A: sex with suedavidology on July 16th, 2004 - 07:42 pm
That site's funny. Although I have to say, I thinking about it makes me never want to have sex again. lol

So... I'm going to try not to think about it ever again!
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Andreworderinchaos on July 16th, 2004 - 11:14 am
cool statement to make :)

as for party affiliation, I am in Australia where the choices are somewhat different (we basically have a centre party, a right party, and a few minors most of which are left), but I tend to remain independent and usually vote one party in the lower house (equiv to the congress) and a different one in the senate, where representation is proportional.

what does it mean to be a "registered Republican" by the way, apart from voting in primaries - does it mean anything on polling day?

it's possible that a strong "no" vote this time around may generate internal reform of the top end of the party, creating a more moderate and palatable alternative for next time around.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 16th, 2004 - 12:52 pm
Our electoral system is based on a two party system. In most states, your vote in the primary only really counts if you're a memeber of that party, but it doesn't effect whom you can vote for in the run off.

Aside from that, it's more a statement of position (and on whose mailing lists you're on).

In the grand scheme of things, it's mostly irrelevant, so it's more an emotional issue and statement of who you are when someone asks your party affiliation.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 16th, 2004 - 12:55 pm
and to your last point, that's why I think it's so vitally important that Bush lose this election—not just because his religious crusade is effing up the country and the world, but also because reelecting him sends the message that this sort of divisive, fundamentalist politics works and should be continued. Unseating him, on the other hand, sends the strong message that the Republican Party needs to make some changes because it's out of step with the country.
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