On Ron Paul.

I get made fun of a lot for sometimes really liking Ron Paul. (Emphasis on the “sometimes.”)
I really wish he was better at stuff I really care about, like abortion (he thinks it should be up to the states to decide…which sort of pisses me off, but then again, it’s not like Colorado is going to go bat-shit crazy and pass any sort of “moment of conception” law any time soon, so I probably don’t have to emigrate yet). Again, I personally wouldn’t consider abortion but I’m so in love with birth control (which means I’ll never need an abortion because I don’t have to worry about accidental pregnancy because I’ve got smart plans in place – not that I’m having sex, of course), and my IUD, and my freedom to take the morning after pill if I need to that I refuse to let that pro-life/pro-choice issue go. My body does not belong to the dude I’m sleeping next to and it most certainly doesn’t belong to any of the concerned right-wingers determined to re-instill their own brand of family values all over America. (Side note: all I can think of when I think of the fact that some people want to ban birth control is the thought of having to feed like 7 kids on my current salary and then the eventual prolapse of my woman parts. Sounds like misery and welfare.) 

I will be pro-choice until the day that I die. 
Also, I don’t know that you can really deny people health care. I mean, we do a really good job of that anyway. I agree that the system is broken, but I don’t know that free-marketing (totally a word now, right?) the healthcare system is the best choice. Meh. However, considering how much time I spend fighting with my own health insurance….
Whatever. For all his crazy, Ron Paul is one consistent man. And right now, we sort of need that. Either that, or Obama should grow a pair and start doing some serious asserting, which I fully support. Be the man, Obama! Tell everyone to shut up and start doing some work!
The yellow highlighting in the story below is all mine. Because that’s why I wanted to post this to my blog anyway. Why the hell do more people not agree with this sentiment? 

Seriously, America, wtf? You freak out on Iran for developing nuclear weapons, you invade Iraq under that same pretense, but it’s totally cool if we have tons of them stockpiled? Because, wait, the sole purpose of U.S. nuclear weapons is providing deterrence for itself and its allies.” Oh, my bad. I totally forgot how awesome at being hypocrites we are. 
But I digress….

How Crazy is Ron Paul Right Now? Volume I

ron paul 1-17.jpgRon Paul’s our favorite non-conformist nutball, even when he gets carried away and starts to non-conform against his own agenda. Sometimes he seems like the only guy in the Republican primary not trying to win Sarah Palin’s endorsement; other times it’s like he’s been up for six days straight, surfing the fringiest corners of the Internet and collecting paranoias. Here, in a recurring feature on Death Race, we parse the Paulisms so you don’t have to.
What Ron Paul Said: “If another country does to us what we do to others, we’re not going to like it very much. So I would say that maybe we ought to consider a Golden Rule in foreign policy. Don’t do to other nations what we don’t want happening to us. We endlessly bomb these countries and then we wonder why they get upset with us?“—Jan 16, 2012, at a Republican debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Public reaction: Prolonged booing from the audience.
Our take: This is one of the least crazy things that Ron Paul has been booed for. Paul’s application of an ancient maxim in lieu of a more nuanced take on international affairs may seem a little obtuse. But it’s grounded by about four decades of expensive, ill-fated meddling on behalf of the United States. Also, it’s worth remembering that this is the same race in which Rick Santorum has continually declared war on Iran and Rick Perry declared that NATO ally Turkey was run by “Islamic terrorists.” So: Sane by comparison!

Source: GQ


I’m disappointed in myself, a little bit.
Lately, I’ve really been struggling to understand other people’s political viewpoints.
I pride myself on being really open-minded. But with this political-viewpoint problem, I can’t wrap my mind around how someone could think some of the things that I disagree with.
I spend a lot of time trying, too. I sit there. I get the pro-life thing (to a certain extent). I get the death penalty thing (again, to a certain extent). I get the religious thing (don’t know why – definitely disagree, but I at least understand). But most of it – I guess it’s the whole package, seems absolutely absurd to me.

But what I’m going to talk about today sort of goes past the politics (but not far), and delves into what I think of as a human rights problem.

I read an article today about a man who has been detained for 6 months with no charges filed against him in Switzerland (WikiLeaks related).
So I sent out a little tweet about it:

Who defines them as “unlawful combatants” or as “Islamist extremists” or that they “want to kill us”? We do. And that’s the part that’s messed up.

mjgranger has written a book about how Guantanamo Bay has saved our lives and blah blah blah, so he’s probably just trolling twitter trying to find people to engage in arguments with so the book can be labeled controversial.

Death and then more war

I am more of a pacifist than I’d like to believe.
I don’t support the killing of anyone.
I don’t support any war.
I get that sometimes it’s “necessary” but the days of the World Wars have long since collapsed into wars of greed masked with good intentions.
The best of intentions don’t always lead to the best of outcomes – instead, we find ourselves mired in wars we can’t pay for, wars that kill our naive kids, wars that tear apart families and countries yet don’t bring the peace we’d hoped for.
The rebuilding takes years. The pain lasts forever.
The world is not a better place for our occupations; it’s merely a little bit more burdened, heavy with the right hand of America, that democratic bastard.

I don’t believe anyone should be celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. I don’t think we’ve done anything other than kill someone else. He’ll become a statistic, as monumental as the toppling of the statue that stood in Baghdad. This day will be a memory. Nothing more. It is not the end. There is no winning. Not even Charlie Sheen can say that today.

And while I do appreciate that it’s finally done – and now hopefully our tides of propaganda can shift our focus elsewhere – I regret that it’s taken so long, taken so many misfires, taken so much American abuse of lands and peoples that don’t belong to us.

And of course, we didn’t even tell Pakistan we were going to do it. I understand why. But I think it will ultimately hurt our already fragile relationship with that country.

We dumped his body in the sea. I will give us credit for supposedly giving him a proper goodbye according to Islamic law.

In and out, swift justice for the wounded, for the dead, for the future.
Is it really justice?
Was it really worth it?

Is all that death for one life justification of creating the hell we thought we were trying to end?

Now let’s move on.
We’ll take the soft uptick in the markets that is sure to follow, we’ll take the slight jump of poll numbers, we’ll take the fuzzy bipartisan feelings reminiscent of a night spent on ecstasy, but we shouldn’t let it swell our already full heads.

I read one blog today that mentioned planting peace roses.
I’m for that.
Let’s remind the world that all this bombing and killing and bloodshed is supposed to achieve one thing: peace.

Don’t tell your kids we won.
We didn’t.
Because there is no we.

(I was listening to a man on NPR talk about Muslims and how he didn’t feel any negativity towards them – good, why should he? – and how they felt the same way “we” did. Thanks man, for really showing the separation “we’ve” created. Who is us and what are they?)

Teach peace and compassion.
Teach understanding and love.
And hope that somewhere, some of those lessons take root in our souls.

Presidential Debate

I hope you’re watching this.
Grown men in suits incapable of behaving themselves in public.
This debate is good, I’m glad McCain wasn’t allowed to put it off with the ridiculous excuse about the economy. We are in trouble whether or not he gets up there and discusses issues with Obama.
McCain bothers me. Everything about him bothers me. If you vote for him, I wish you all of the terrible karma in the world.
He just said that America today is safer than 9/11. Safer? Really? Do you think that us invading countries and killing innocent people is safety? Instilling hatred in the hearts of other countries is safety? Ridiculous. At least Obama can get up there and say that we still have work to do, and that we need to repair our relationships with other countries.
Also, I sincerely hope that you don’t believe that there is any way to “win” the war in Iraq. When we first went in, it wasn’t called a war, it was “Operation: Iraqi Freedom.” Well, five years later, there is no freedom, there is only American oppression. There is no way to win. We lost the minute we set foot on their land. We lost the minute we failed to do what we said that we would do. We lost when we lied. We lost, pure and simple.
McCain will pull out the veteran issue, and win the empathy of millions of people. I respect him for having been a POW, but that doesn’t make you a better leader. That experience means that you’ve been in war. There is no longer any just war. This isn’t WWII, there is no cause for war other than greed and fear. Why can’t you work for peace?
McCain has an annoying face, also. I mean, go with your gut, but your gut should be telling you to vote for Obama.
Obama was organized and I enjoyed his speaking. I feel as though McCain got a little bit flustered and agitated.
God save us all come November.