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Do you know exactly what you're doing?

RADDATZ:Well, let's talk about this 20 percent. You have refused — and, again — to offer specifics on how you pay for that 20 percent across-the-board tax cut. Do you actually have the specifics? Or are you still working on it, and that's why you won't tell voters?
RYAN:Different than this administration, we actually want to have big bipartisan agreements. You see, I understand the...
RADDATZ:Do you have the specifics? Do you have the...
(CROSSTALK) BIDEN:That would — that would be a first for the Republican Congress.
RADDATZ:Do you know exactly what you're doing?
— 1 year ago with 7 notes
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To my friends planning to vote Romney/Ryan 2012, the impact their administration would have on my life

To my friends planning to vote Romney/Ryan 2012, the impact their administration would have on my life:

  • No legal wedding or marriage for my fiancée and me.
  • No adoption of a child or children by my fiancée and me. 
  • No chance of legislation that prevent my fiancée and me from being fired.
  • No health insurance for my fiancée, as she would be kicked off of her mom’s insurance, can’t afford to pay for coverage through her work, and cannot be put on my insurance due to no legal recognition of our relationship. 
  • Lack of coverage for my basic health care as a woman (further complicating any chance of my fiancée and I being parents because we legally could not adopt and financially could not afford the cost of having a child ourselves without any insurance coverage). 
  • No benefits for my fiancée and me that even remotely mimic marriage benefits.

If I were to vote Republican in this election, I would be voting against my human and citizen rights to marry, to form a family, to receive affordable health care, and to work, among others. Those are not privileges. Those are rights that I would be denied. For me, the choice is simple, it is easy, and it is clear. 

Romney said: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

I am not a victim. I am responsible. I pay an income tax. There are certain rights which men and women who came before the politicians now in office determined were necessary to a life of dignity. If we’re to be the “best” or “strongest” nation or the “global leader,” we have to be the best, the strongest, the leader of human and citizen rights within our own borders. If we are to be a great nation, we need to be led by a president who believes it IS his job to worry about EVERY citizen. If you can look me in the eye and say I am less deserving than you of these rights, then perhaps you can justify a vote for Romney/Ryan 2012. I will vote for the candidate that agrees that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the human rights declarations, conventions, and our own country’s constitution and laws, without distinction of any kind. 

— 1 year ago with 5 notes
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10 Reasons Why I Support Obama (and 10 Reasons I Fear Romney)

10 Reasons Why I Support Obama

  1. Obama supports [my] human rights.
  2. The next president has a high chance of selecting one if not more Supreme Court Justices who will hold their seats until they choose to retire. 
  3. Obamacare ensures [that I will have access to health care] even if [my] health benefits at work are cut, especially through the Affordable Care Act.
  4. Obama is creating jobs. 
  5. Obama is working to improve education. Furthermore, he values educators.
  6. Obama is protecting our environment and moving towards a greener nation. 
  7. Obama is improving our tax system. 
  8. The Obamas support and foster community.
  9. Obama is successfully navigating our international relations and foreign policy. 
  10. Obama is the first politician who has made me feel like he actually cares about the individual lives of all Americans. 

10 Reasons I Fear Romney

  1. Romney lies and lacks integrity.
  2. The next president has a high chance of selecting one if not more Supreme Court Justices who will hold their seats until they choose to retire. 
  3. Romney will deny [me my] human rights.
  4. Romney will raise [my] taxes and lower his.
  5. Romney will eliminate [my] access to health care if [my] health benefits at work are cut.
  6. Romney picked Ryan, who is more conservative than many conservatives and believes, among other terrifying ideas, that rape is a form of conception (see: Todd Akin on “legitimate rape”). 
  7. Romney promises to take our country backwards, undoing work that has been done and reversing progress. 
  8. Romney is supported by big-money corporations and individuals he will have to answer to once in office. 
  9. Romney is a part of a bigger GOP plan that has manipulated politics in this country throughout Obama’s administration. 
  10. Romney tied his dog to the roof of his car for hours. When the dog had stress-induced diarrhea that ran down the back window of the car, he stopped to hose down the dog, the crate, and the car, then put the dog back on the roof and traveled on. If that’s how he treats his own “beloved” family pet, just think how he’ll treat people he doesn’t know or care about!
— 1 year ago with 6 notes
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Not to mention the fact that as a woman she wouldn’t be allowed to vote, let alone be in government, let alone run for president if the Founding Fathers had anything to say about it. 

Not to mention the fact that as a woman she wouldn’t be allowed to vote, let alone be in government, let alone run for president if the Founding Fathers had anything to say about it. 

— 1 year ago with 26 notes
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A vote for Romney is a vote against me

To my friends and family members planning to vote for Mitt Romney:

First and foremost, you are as entitled to your opinions as I am mine. I understand that our politics differ. You may not want to vote for Barack Obama for a few or a wealth of reasons. You may simply want to vote against him, and Mitt Romney seems the likeliest candidate to be beside the checkbox opposite Obama. However, I do want to share a few things with you, which you make take or leave; I ask only that you consider them.

If Mitt Romney is elected president and ends Obamacare, my fiancée and I will become uninsured. He will “champion a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman,” which means my fiancée and I will not be able to be married until the Constitution is amended again. It also means that regardless of how we go about “officially” committing to one another, there will be 1,138 federal rights denied to us as a couple. Additionally, Romney opposes same-sex domestic partnership benefits. This will affect our rights as parents and our children’s rights. In February, Romney said: “I’m not concerned about very poor; they have [a] safety net.” I’m not exactly sure what Romney means by “very poor” or “safety net,” but according to my income, I am below the poverty line in this country. If I were to get sick or injured and require extensive time off of work, I wouldn’t be able to make ends meet (especially not if I were also uninsured if Obamacare were dissolved in Virginia). There is no safety net. At the moment, I do not owe money back on my $26,000+ (not counting the $10,000+ in interest) on my student loans because I am below the poverty line. If Romney chose to change this and I owed money on my loans each month, I wouldn’t be able to make ends meet.

These are just a few of the issues on the book, but they’re enough for me to make my point. You may think marriage equality, Obamacare, and poverty are liberal concerns or values. However, these things directly affect me, someone you love, someone who loves you; never mind the political label. I need health insurance and my job doesn’t provide it, so I need to be on my mom’s plan for now. I want to get married to the love of my life. I want us to have the rights of marriage. I want to have rights as a partner and a parent. I need a President who is concerned about me knowing that I do not have a safety net. I am fresh out of college, working three jobs, with student loans looming over my head, dreaming of marrying the love of my life, fearing that my country will move backwards and become an even more inhospitable place for us to live. 

Obama is not perfect. He hasn’t fixed everything. He doesn’t have all the answers. However, Romney endangers my life as I know it and as I dream of it being. If you dream of sitting at my wedding looking down the aisle at two healthy brides able to afford a wedding, be legally married, and enjoy the same marriage rights as straight couples, please vote carefully. A vote for Romney is a vote against that dream I hope you share with us.

Sincerely,
Me 

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
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Homophobes entitled to beliefs, but not actions based upon them

Dear homophobes,

Today I am angry with you. Today I am fed up with you standing between me and marriage, between my wife-to-be and our rights as a couple, our rights to our children as parents-to-be, our rights to our jobs, to health care, to all the rights that you have. We should have them, too; we’re no less human, no less citizens of the United States of America, but we are denied our rights. I fight that fight in some small way each day, but today, you are pissing me off.

Do you know how hard it is to plan a wedding? Do you have any idea how much harder it is to plan said wedding when you have to figure out a location based on where it’s legal? When you have to make sure everyone from the wedding dress shop to the florist to the photographer to the hotel where your guests will stay will be accepting of two brides?

Is that fun for you? Knowing how much harder you make my daily life? Knowing you are helping to ensure that I can be fired for who I love? That I can’t adopt children with my partner? That I can’t have the human rights I deserve because you ridiculously selfish and misinformed people have invaded every level of every system in this country such that I am treated not only as a second-class citizen, but as a second-class human being?

And I’m supposed to be okay with that? Accept that it’s the result of some choice I made, like it’s some consequence I was meant to suffer? Tell me – when did you make the choice to fall in love with the person you’re with? Or are you single and just bitter that I have love at all?

It’s not okay, and I’m not okay with it. However, you are just as deserving of my human rights as I am, even though you clearly do not feel the same about me and the rest of the LGBTQQAI community. Therefore, you are entitled to your beliefs, as am I, but – and that is a giant but – that does not mean you are entitled to run the world based on your beliefs. There are several institutions that have existed thanks to the majority that were eventually found absurd and dissolved but the right minded. Ensuring that gay people’s human and citizenship rights are protected and upheld will ultimately be a part of this country, because it’s right. I know that, and eventually, you’ll learn it. Or leave and start your own bigoted country.

Why are you not entitled to run the world on your beliefs? Well, what if I ran your life based on mine? You think it’s wrong for me to marry a woman. Great, I think you’re a sociopath. Let’s take a closer look at that*, shall we?

Glibness and superficial charm: Absolutely. Like all powerful dictators and oppressors, you are charming. You are believable. You speak with resounding and convincing words and do so effortlessly. Listeners are bound by your expressive language and presentation and can’t help get sucked into it all.  

Manipulative and conning: By all means. Those TV ads using small children to tear at people’s heartstrings because gay people will supposedly corrupt their innocence? Incredible con work. Taking information and skewing it to your liking – classic manipulation. Convincing people that the marriage of anyone else somehow attacks what they have? I think you get the point. You’re master manipulators and con artists.

You do not recognize the rights of others and see your self-serving behaviors as permissible. You may even go so far as to dominate us and others you’re against with humiliation.

Grandiose sense of self: Marriage is YOUR right, NOT mine. The rights of marriage and job security and health and parenting… all of those are your rights, not GAY rights. Since when do GAY people deserve MY human and citizenship rights, you seem to think.

Pathological lying: Sad, but true. Telling people that gay marriage is against God’s will, the Bible, un-American, etc. Misinforming people by scaring them into thinking gay people are monster, who, given any additional rights, will take over the world and convert it to some dark and scary unsafe corrupt place. Let’s face it, you like it’s your job. You lie so well you may not even know you’re doing it! Even a lie detector might not be able to pick it up because you believe so thoroughly that your absurd and false creations are actually true.

Lack of remorse, shame or guilt: And in this case, all three! You hurt people. Not only do you not care at all that you hurt people, but you’re proud of it. It’s your mission. You’re not sorry, you’re not ashamed, and you’re certainly not guilty. Anger is at your core, driving you against us, turning us into targets and opportunities. You justify the means and run us and anything else in your way over like a tractor trailer whose brakes have failed going down a mountain.

Shallow emotions: You spend so much of your time fighting my access to my rights. My desire to put a ring on the finger of the love of my life is the worst thing you can apparently imagine. You wanting to destroy my life, on the other hand, is something so insignificant to you that it doesn’t even cross your mind. What if someone told you your child couldn’t get married? Or could get fired for who they chose to date? Or couldn’t visit the love of their life as they lay dying in a hospital bed?

Incapacity for love: Maybe you love someone, but it seems like you’re overwhelming capacity to hate all LGBTQQAI people has shoved the humanity right out of you.

Need for stimulation: You love yelling and wouldn’t mind smashing your fist into some unsuspecting gay person’s face to prove your point.

Callousness and lack of empathy: Well we’re just getting to the heart of it, now aren’t we? You CANNOT empathize with the pain you cause the LGBTQAAI community. In fact, us caring at all just makes you more upset, and you’ll kick us when we’re down.

Poor behavioral controls and impulsive nature: You’re entitled to whatever you want and will do whatever it takes to get it, regardless of what that does to the people left in your wake of destruction.

Early behavior problems and juvenile delinquency: Perhaps you’ve always been a bully.

Irresponsibility and unreliability: Could care less about destroying other people’s lives and dreams. Either you don’t know the pain you cause or it doesn’t matter at all to you.

Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous sexual behavior and infidelity: Corrective rape is often used to “fix” homosexuality.

Lack of realistic life plan or parasitic lifestyle: You promise to destroy all of our rights forever, but let’s be real; we’re not going to let that happen. You promise it nonetheless.

Criminal or entrepreneurial versatility: Change your own tune as needed to say whatever needs to be heard and be whatever the people need you to be to keep believing the charming con act.

Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them. Check. Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them. Check. Authoritarian. Check. Secretive. Check. Paranoid. BIG check. Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired. Check. Conventional appearance. Check. Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim’s life. Check. Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim’s affirmation (respect, gratitude and love). Check.

Do you get my point here?

Now, do I really think that all homophobes are sociopaths? No.

Do you really think that all LGBTQQAI people are dangerous and undeserving of the rights they ought to have as citizens and humans? I certainly hope not.

Nonetheless, your words and actions say otherwise. So unless you mean to destroy our lives without a glimpse of empathy or regard for your actions, perhaps proving the sociopath exaggeration to be disastrously true, please revisit your attacks on us. Our marriages, children, jobs, health care, rights, have no bearing on your life, except to increase equality in this country, further ensuring that your rights can’t be taken away one day because someone else decides you’re unworthy.

I’m not committing you because of your sociopathic tendencies. Why are you working so hard to ensure my life is as difficult as possible?

Let us have what we deserve. Simple as that.

Love**,

Just one of the millions whose lives you work to control and destroy  

*The above traits are based on the psychopathy checklists of H. Cleckley and R. Hare and came from this site.

**Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
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Virginia Is Losing Its Mind
— 2 years ago with 2 notes
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