Women and Politics

“I didn’t run to make history, I ran to make a difference,” said Wisconsin’s newly elected female and first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, but it’s probably safe to say that she is on her way to make history while accomplishing her goal to make a difference.

Senator Baldwin has not only carved her place in history by being first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, but she was also a part of a group of powerful women senators-elect who won seats held by men.

Democrat, and U.S. Rep., Tammy Baldwin took an open Senate seat over Republican Tommy Thompson who had served 14 years as the state’s governor and was former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush. Republican Deb Fischer defeated Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former two-term senator from the state, for an open seat in Nebraska during 2012 election. Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard University professor whose attacks on Wall Street fueled her campaign, won her race against the Republican incumbent, Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts and was the first woman to represent her state in the U.S. Senate. Continue reading “Women and Politics”

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The Shifts and Changes of Thoughts

Sometimes thoughts and ideas change. Sometimes they grow and shift from one way to another; and sometimes they even shift their way back again. The way we think and what we believe comes as a result of a complex construction of your environment, upbringing, experiences, and practically everything else that you come into contact with in the world. As we grow older and build new memories with the various pieces of life that make us who we are, sometimes the thoughts we gathered in order to answer complex questions evolve and modify, and that’s completely okay.

You won’t ever know every single piece of knowledge that has ever been leaked out into the world because you are not every single person on the planet. One person can never walk in everyone shoes because they are just one single person, but you can definitely try your best. Even super geniuses and the most adventurous travelers can’t see or know it all. The flow of knowledge that comes into the world never ceases, and the range of different perspectives never stops accumulating. Continue reading “The Shifts and Changes of Thoughts”

Why I Hate Religion

The favorable face of politics has usually been rich older white male protestant lacking diversity and limiting the progression of all the rest of the population.

The Right-winged Christians and other extreme religious people have denied the civil rights of the minority, whether it was the enslavement of a race or the continued denied marital rights of the LGBT community.

So many wars have been started (the holy wars), lives have been taken (those of the LGBT community who have been killed or have committed suicide from religious fueled gay-bashing), and the future progression of knowledge has been stifled (by those who jailed Galileo for his realization that the earth revolved around the sun, and creationists who teach children that the theory of evolution is a lie).

And I don’t like how everyone has missed the whole point of religion. It’s about relating our humanity to spirituality and to following moral values that establishes one should be treated like you would like to be treated. Religion is about finding peace, loving one another, and being better living beings in the process, but no one ever practices religion in this way. Instead, they use religion as a weapon to build higher barriers and to keep anyone who is different from them away. I mean—who cares if she’s black and he’s white, or if that guy is gay and she’s straight. We’re all people and we should treat each other like people regardless of what any one religion has told you.

No More Prop H8, But Why Didn’t It Come Sooner?

We’ve taken one step further in the battle of trying to spread civil rights for all and have come closer to judging someone not by the color, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or any other unique factor or trait, but by the content of their character.

The 9th Circuit Court in California struck down the state’s voter-passed ban on gay marriage Tuesday, Jan. 7, ruling 2-1 that it’s unconstitutional and that it violates the rights of gay Californians. The decision backed up District Judge Vaughn Walker, who ruled in August of 2010 that the state of California has no “rational basis” to single out gay men and women as ineligible for marriage and to support a bill that was enacted in 2008 to impose more obstacles for acceptance in the LGBT community.

This is obviously a very wonderful thing not only for the LGBT community but also for anyone who wants or wishes for equality for everyone else as well, but I’m also still a little saddened that the Circuit Court had to decide to get rid of the hateful discrimination against gays and lesbians and not the people of California themselves. Continue reading “No More Prop H8, But Why Didn’t It Come Sooner?”

Stop Sprinting to the Altar. It’s Not a Race.

In the past, a marriage was supposed to function as a property contract for the groom. He was to own his wife and all of her possessions, and she was suppose to sit in a corner and just take the dude’s name (but that’s for another discussion).

Well. Here is that discussion.

I read recently that only 20 percent of people ages 18-29 are married compared to the 59 percent married in 1960. Many people in response to this news are blaming the lack of faith in religion, and more independent woman out looking to better their lives before settling down for the drop in the “I do’s,” but is this new statistic even really a problem that we have to blame on something?

I think not.

I spoke before in my previous discussion of marriage about its importance and incredible significance and about how people didn’t really take it seriously. *Cough* Kim Kardashian *Cough* *Cough* I talked about the symbolism brought into the marriage ceremony and all the people in the LGBT community that weren’t allowed to partake in that special event because  of some snooty people who want to keep marriage to themselves but end up getting divorced anyways.

What I didn’t talk about in that post, was the insane amount of social pressure piled upon young straight individuals to get hitched, have 2.5 kids, and a white picket fence around the house that put them into so much debt.

So what if less young people are tying the knot? From the looks of it, half of all those shotgun weddings failed like a botched kidney transplant done in a back alley. All I’m saying is why don’t we all wait until we’ve lived a little as an adult, found out who we are, and even what we liked in a partner before we signed a paper that shackled  brought you together with your significant other for the rest of your life.

Marriage is a serious commitment that should take a serious amount of time to think about before you jumped the broom. So older people, stop asking that poor college girl at the family gatherings when she’s going to walk down the aisle, and young people, hold your f#cking horses and enjoy this time of chasing dreams, living in crappy apartments, and eating old Ramen noodles in a cold and tiny kitchen. It’s really a part of growing up that everyone should be able to experience before a wife or husband and bratty adorable little kids come along.

The Degradation of Marriage

Seventy-two days and they’re done. After a lavish wedding broadcasted to over two million viewers and that cost thousands of dollars, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have called it quits and are now getting a divorce. The f#ck? And they say gay marriage is ruing the fabric of marriage. No, America, I don’t think so.

In the past, a marriage was supposed to function as a property contract for the groom. He was to own his wife and all of her possessions, and she was suppose to sit in a corner and just take the dude’s name (but that’s for another discussion). In today’s views, or at least those of the earlier part of the 20th century, a marriage was supposed to signify a union between two people. The rings that the couple wore were supposed to represent the love that never ends between those two people, and the vows they said before God and all of their family were supposed to be promises kept forever. Continue reading “The Degradation of Marriage”