I realize this is above the blog it is supposed to be a continuation of, but that’s just the way this site works.
North Carolina: Yesterday, North Carolina voters changed their Constitution. The voted, once again, on a bill that had already passed, but this time it was written to include a lot of other people. So gay marriage is still not acceptable in North Carolina, but what really happened is that the voters there only voted for the first part of the bill – even though they had already done so (so many of them just don’t pay attention – well 60% of them anyway). They also voted against giving equality, civil rights, and benefits to heterosexuals who live together without the benefit of a license or blessing from a preacher or priest – in other words, common-law marriage, which has been valid in most places since the beginning of time. My first thought was that maybe Mitt Romney would carry North Carolina, but then a pundit reminded me – it is six months before the general election, and North Carolinians who have any sense are going to realize how this bill has hurt them – from the inability to attract business to the state to the colleges and universities inability to recruit students. I also see some families, or “couples” moving out of the state because North Carolina is going to be hurting financially. So there is plenty of time for North Carolinians to see the folly of their ways (at least 60% of them) before the presidential election. And maybe some of them will wise up. Oh, not the tea partiers, but then the tea partiers manage to make jokes of themselves over and over.
There are a lot of folks who think Barack Obama should come right out and say he has no problem with gay marriage. Joe Biden certainly did. I have heard explanations for both sides of the argument. But I think the frustration of the gay folks who want him to say it out loud is not nearly as condemning as the wrath of people who believe this, but don’t want to hear it out loud, or those in swing states who don’t like gay marriage. I don’t think it has any place in an election anyway. But I am in the minority on that, I think. I am more interested in education, health care, and the economy than I am about a silly thing like marriage, which I don’t believe the government has any right in running anyway.
Back to jobs for a moment (some notes I missed in the last blog). The GOP simply refuses to deal with the issue of income inequality. The Repubs are always talking about less government, but if the Repubs would quit blocking jobs bills, jobs would increase for people in government because of the infrastructure, and then jobs would continue to increase in private industry because of the manufacturing of materials needed for the infrastructure along with employment in white-collar jobs along with the blue-collar jobs.
Folks, this is why I think treason charges should be brought against certain members of Congress. It is so plain to me how these men are trying to bring about the collapse of our government, just because they don’t like our black (and white) president. And this is what I really believe. There is so much suffering being brought about because of the short-sightedness, and just plain meanness, of a block of people, whether they are tea-partiers, or just plain prejudiced. Americans need to stop and think about what is going on in this country, right under their noses, while they believe the idiots who want them to keep thinking against their own interests while those same idiots get richer and richer on their backs. As Ann Landers used to say, wake up and smell the coffee!
Really, think about it.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX