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?