Thursday, November 06, 2008

Screw California (Oh, Wait--Your Governor's Already Doing That. My Bad.)

I don't hate California. It's a lovely state with lovely people. I do, however, have to wonder about a state that elected Arnold Schwartzenegger as its governor, thereby indicating that it values image over substance (unless they can abuse those substances).

And also about its sense of priorities. Yes, Proposition 8, the hateful divisive doctrine that targeted gay marriage, passed soundly in California on Tuesday, the same day we celebrated returning sanity (and just plain literacy) to the Free World's highest office. To me, the Obama election overshadows the bad news, because I still think the bigoted Proposition 8 supporters are holdovers from a hostile and paranoid right-wing regime that will slowly find its traces scrubbed away until nobody remembers the words "Dan Quayle," and the road will once again be cleared for introducing more inclusive legislation. But it's disheartening nonetheless.

My favorite anecdote in the story was the one about the Pattersons, a "Mormon couple of modest means" in Sacramento, who withdrew $50,000 of their savings and gave it to the Proposition 8 campaign. Pam Patterson, the wife (well, at least one of the wives) said, "It was a decision we made very prayerfully."

Well, obviously, Pam. Only through prayer could you come up with the idea of squandering a large chunk of your family's nest egg so that in ten years, you can tell your kids:

"You can't go to college honey, because we used the money to save you from seeing two men in tuxedoes on top of a cake. But you can always get a job with one of your fifteen fathers-in-law."

I'm sure they'll appreciate it while they shove tacoes and salsa packets into a paper bag and wait for the next car to pull up to the window.

Meanwhile, sanity will ultimately prevail. The world will look past self-destructively sacrificing Mormon fanatics to realize that whether or not we marry has no impact on their so-called "family values" at all.

Nobody expected it to happen overnight.


Blogger American Girl said...

Provisional ballots still haven't been counted, fingers crossed on that.

The lawsuits have been filed. The majority is not allowed to fuck over the minority without changing the Constitution. Fingers crossed on that, too.

Karma has a sense of irony. The Pattersons children will be gay.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a proposition on the ballot in North Dakota or was it South Dakota same difference, anyway, it was to override Roe vs Wade. I don't even know if it passed but states can't override Federal law. We need an amendment to that holiest of papers the U.S. Constitution, to guarantee Gay rights. We finally will have a president who doesn't use the document for toilet paper.
It makes me sick to think that the rest of California can impose it's right wing will on San Francisco. Canada has had Gay marriage for over 3 years and the people haven't been struck with blindness. We have to fight for our right to be equal human beings under the law. Aaron for President in 2012! ed

3:08 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

The South Dakota measure was defeated by voters, as it was in Colorado.

Sarah made an excellent point--there's no provision in the Constitution about marriage being between a man and a woman, because remember, the state didn't ratify that language. So yes, this will lead to trouble.

Fuck the majority of voters. If they don't want to see our weddings, they're not invited.

There. Simple, wasn't it?

3:28 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

As far as President, I'm sure I have FAR too many skeletons in my closet (no pun intended) to run for President.

But if a half-wit like Palin can consider it, I'm sure I'd have at least a shot. Can I bring you two along as my cabinet?? :-)

3:29 PM  
Blogger American Girl said...

As long as my old boyfriends can be shipped to Gitmo, sure.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

It's a deal! We'll keep it open especially for you. :-)

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to be the guy who makes the trade deals with other countries. Here's my deal: 1. You buy a billion dollars worth of our stuff and we'll buy a billion dollars of yours.
2. You have the same EPA laws as we do or no deal.
3. You pay a minimum wage and allow Unions or no deal.
4. You burn our flag and no deal.
5. Equal rights and pay for all workers or no deal.
6. We get to inspect all manufacturing and processing plants or no deal.
7. You want our country destroyed or allow terrorists to hide in your country and no deal.
8. You want our friends like Israel destroyed then no deal. (yes Dubai that means you)
9. You impose unfair tariffs to block our products and no deal.
10. You killed 72,000 of our citizens in the late 60's and 70's and no deal. (hello Vietnam)
my bill of workers rights worldwide. I have a national bill of workers rights too but I'll wait until I'm nominated to reveal that jewel. ed

5:42 PM  
Blogger Johnny C said...

Well written funny post. I have no idea where these fundimentalist people are coming from... I'm hoping that they are all 60+ years old and this is the last gasp.

But it scares me to see young Christians/Mormons with this mind set... I'm hoping that this is the last gasp of it. The one good thing is that the vote was so close. I'd give it another ten years; by that time the majority of the old fucks will be in the home or with their beloved Jesus and won't be able to vote for anything.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Ed: Good platform...even Bush couldn't follow it (Hello, Saudi Arabia!)

Johnny: That was my thought, too. Extreme religions tend to indoctrinate their followers thoroughly and early, but since, with the new Administration, it won't be "rock-star cool" to be a holy roller, we might see some return to rationality among the young people. (Even some of the older folks think this uproar is bullshit.)

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might be good to work on your "tacoes" before you're so proud of the coming higher "literacy" in the white house. Oh, and by the way... the majority voted... but you are right... give them another 10 years of "forced gay propaganda" on the tube and they will be feeling so sorry for all the "fake" gays they have been force fed to feel so sorry for that they will vote for gay marriage, and human/dog marriage and cat/dog and cat/human marriage...
I can see the episode on Grey's... Man upset because he cannot marry his beloved dog, Ling Ling...

Not sure what to think of this response, huh? Well, I am a recovering tv watcher and not a zombie anymore. Learned to think for myself, and not just rearrange my thoughts anymore just because the tv or media or hollywood says so.
Here's the truth... Gays are a MAJOR minority and have fake gross anal sex, thinking licking and sucking each other is love and need to be married... and want marriage rights so they can be "open" about their "love" I dare them to be open to the American citizens about what they REALLY do behind closed doors. It is a health risk to eveyone...

3:45 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Whoever you are, "anonymous," you're also a chicken-shit who can't even bother to put his/her/its real identity up there. I know EXACTLY what to make of your response: nothing. Because that's what it signifies.

Your next comment will be deleted, because we do not entertain non-entities here.

What we do is not a health risk to anyone who doesn't participate. If you think it's a risk to YOU, then perhaps you'd better dare YOURSELF to open your bedroom doors to the public. Have fun with that.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Oh, by the way, it's "everyone," not "eveyone." If you're going to criticize someone else's spelling, you'd better get your own ass in gear first, hmmm?

4:18 PM  
Blogger American Girl said...

Oh, did heterosexual sex become a non-health risk? Do we now have some sort of immunity from syphilis, HPV and HIV, to name a few? Did the condom industry bury this information in order to keep us buying their products? Have those abstinence teachers been lying to kids about the risk of STDs among straights?* Why didn't I get the memo?!?!?

*Okay, they actually have been but in a different way.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Very true. But logic eludes people like that because they've drunk the Kool-Aid of mass-produced, lowest-common-denominator fear-mongering.

This so-called "recovering TV addict" (whose recovery, if I may say so, appears to be FAR from complete) basically just spewed back a bunch of gibberish he/she/it had absorbed somewhere, like a parrot. Anyone can memorize bullshit. Sarah Palin is living proof.

I doubt that they'll have to worry whether or not ANY sexual behavior is risky. They won't be confronting that risk any time soon, at least not without the benefit of a credit card.

2:22 PM  

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