Nov 5, 2008

And somehow, I managed to keep my mouth shut during most of it until now.

Good, bad, or indifferent, thank Allah it's over. Now we can get back to {insert what really matters to you here} instead of listening to, or reading about exaggerated experience, appalling accusations and empty promises. I can't even read a bike blog anymore without stumbling over someone's rant about electing the candidate of their choice. That's annoying. That's not bicycling. More than ever, this campaign seemed like a plague. Yet, how easily we forget that we've heard it all before; 4 years ago and the 4 years prior to that. And guess what? We'll hear it all again in another 4 years.

So is it the man (or woman) you believe in or do you just believe what they're feeding you? I believe that talk is cheap (unlike the sickening price tag put on this election). But I also believe that neither candidate knows how to do my job any better than I (or you) know how to do theirs, and because of that belief, I'm confident in both men and in the men and women they appoint.

Some have accused me of being apathetic, but that's just them running their own negative campaign against me. The reality is, I was apathetic about it all, mostly because things and those close to me have, and will have a greater impact on my life than the next president. My relationships with people are far more important than any political arguments or quarrels. I'm not suggesting that you don't stand up or vote for what you believe in. I just find it amusing how politically-aware everyone seems to get when any other time, they're more concerned with their American Idol vote than what's going on in their local government.

Yesterday most of us fulfilled our civic responsibility by voting, but we failed miserably in the department of moral responsibility. By passing Measure 8, the California majority has a moral compass pointed in the direction of selfishness and bigotry, not unlike the moral compass of Nazi Germany.

Let’s say for example, a law was passed preventing green eyed people from buying a home, which meant they could only rent and not buy. Like Nazi Germany, that makes no sense to me either.

It also doesn't make sense to me how people who don't go to church, don't read the bible, haven't read the bible in its entirety, and choose to "sin" when it's convenient for them, have suddenly decided to reference the bible when arguing that gays should not be allowed to marry. There's a specific word for people like that.

hypocrite: a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

You have disgraced yourselves once again.

At one time in this country women and African Americans weren't allowed to vote. Now they have a vote deciding whether or not two people can legally be married. That's ironic. What's more ironic is that in this election there was a black dude and a chick on the ballot. Maybe in a few decades we'll elect a legally married black gay woman. That would be super.

Did I mention my non-gay cousin got married a couple weeks ago?

Steven & Sarah, the bride and groom dance.

Ryder and Destry will dance with anyone.

Meredith and Destry say, "Cheese is bad."

Joey and Ryder have been watching too much Dancing with the Stars.

At times the whole thing looked more like daycare than a wedding, but then later on in the night there was a fight and someone went to jail so it went back to feeling like a good old fashion IE wedding.


Anonymous said...

Hey Matt,

Love your blog but could not disagree with you more on the marriage issue. This is about ideals and traditions and literal definitions of words. Words mean things, even the word "marriage". Because of this those of us who believe there is an ideal that should be reserved for a man and a woman should now be comapared to nazi's? That's an unfortunate leap on your part.

This issue was not and is not about discrimination. Civil Unions are available. For those who insist that their lifestyle be held in the same regard as traditional marriage I say I simply disagree (and so do the majority who voted Tuesday). To call me a bigot or compare me to a nazi is unfair and beneath you.

Matt said...

Okay, maybe you in particular (whoever YOU are) shouldn't be compared to a Nazi, so can I put you down in the hypocrite column instead? Also, if this is about the literal definitions of words, how about this one?:

bigot: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

Unfortunately no one is without prejudice. It's a shame that the prejudice of some has to effect others so negatively.

Anyway, I'm glad you love my blog. I love it too. Isn't it great to live in a country where we're free to say what we want to say and do what we want to do just as long as it doesn't cause harm to others?

Anonymous said...

So now I'm a bigot. How about someone who believes deeply in traditional marriage. Real, honest beliefs that are not bigoted or hypocritical.

bigot: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

Is this how you debate issues? Normally the name calling is reserved for those who can't or won't substantiate their position.

So I have a disagreement with you and I'm as heartfelt in my position as you and yet I'm a bigoted, hypocritical nazi. I don't get where you are coming from... but it's your blog so I'll just keep quiet now. Thanks for listening.

Matt said...

No worries. I'm just sorry that your "real honest beliefs" are prejudice.

Peace out.

P.S. I think you forgot that I took back the nazi part at least.

Blum said...

The election was gay... someone had to say it.
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