Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Why I'll Vote Conservative In November...

Probably not that many care. I've been a life long Republican, although I did register Democrat for a short time while living in North Carolina. Neither party, fully represents my personal views but the Republicans, for the most part, come a world closer than the Dems do. I get asked, "how can you be gay and a Christian"? or "how can you be gay and a Republican?" quite a bit actually. There seems to be an overwhelming opinion that all gays are Democrat, liberal, and anti-Christian. These are generalizations and they are all false.

The Democrat party has been almost totally taken over by leftwingnuts, Moveondotorg, socialism and some pretty bizarre groups. At least for my taste. The old southern Democrats are almost all gone and what they've been replaced with just don't identify with me. Now, I have to say that the Republican party isn't much better. We've been taken over by righwingnuts, mean spirited, biblical fundamentalists and just some overall mean and nasty people. I don't identify with them one bit either. Now I realize that these are both generalizations and I know that there are good, sincere, caring and kind folks in both parties. However, I don't believe the overwhelming socialistic policies of the Democrats can help us, in fact they will hurt us far more than the anti-gay policies of the Republicans.

I have wrestled with this decision, acting losing sleep over it. I don't want to vote for a group that is diabolically opposed to me and the gay community. I am a part of this group and I don't want to see harm come to us. I do know that a Republican victory will set back gay rights and gay marriage; for a time anyhow. However, I believe that the fiscal policies and the moving towards Socialism will do even more and longer lasting harm to all of us, including the gay community.

I see a trend starting within both the Evangelical Christian part of Christianity and also within the Republican party. More and more, young people are beginning to realize that we, are not their enemy and are moving towards a more kinder, gentler, affirming and accepting attitude towards us. While this may take time, I am encouraged by what I see.

Although I feel obliged by my own conscious to vote for a more fiscal conservative I will continue to do my part to fight for the GLBTQ community and pray that one day the Libertarians will become very popular.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Scott Brown Wins Massachusetts Senate

What does this mean? Well I think it does speak to how American's feel about certain directions the country has rapidly advanced toward in the last year. A president was elected that most of us didn't know. He wasn't vetted by the main stream news media at all; the only one who really took a hard look at him was the conservative media. If a quarter of the scrutiny given to Sarah Palin had been given to Barak Obama, John McCain would be our sitting president.

I am not going to rehash the months leading up to the election or since, but I do think that many Americans are seeing our president and certain leaders in our national government for the people they are and the true politics that they have. I am not opposed to health care reform and neither is the Republican party; however, we are against the government taking over the health care industry. You need only look to Canada to see how disastrous it is. Michael Moore can spin his "Sicko" all he wants but lets face it, he had an agenda!

I have talked with a number of Canadian citizens over the years and not one of them liked their health care system. Back in 2007, I believe it was, I had a conversation with a lady truck driver who was from Canada. She told me how she had fallen out of her truck and was hurt, went to the doctor, and was instructed that she needed an MRI. She told me that she had to come to the US and pay for it out of her own pocket because the waiting list for an MRI was 1 1/2 years. Can yo believe that!

Once again, I am not saying that our system is perfect or can't be made better; however, if socialized health care hasn't worked elsewhere, it won't work here! Do you really want to see what government run health care will be like, take a look at the Veteran's Administration Medical system. If you think it runs good, talk to a veteran who uses it. I don't hear many good things from them.

So I am off topic! Does anyone other me find it ironic that the home state to the senator who "championed" health care reform chose Scott Brown to replace him when he died. I think the American people have only began to speak, and come November they are going to scream!

I'll blog about that a little later but right now I've got to get ready for class.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Those Pesky Heterosexuals

Jason Anderson is a 20 year old currently in jail in West Virginia. Jason was indicted for murder in October of 2007, at the age of 18. Jason has been charged with killing his 11 month old child.

It seems that jail can't keep Jason from getting into trouble. He contacted West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin requesting a pardon. The fact that you must first be CONVICTED of a crime before the governor can actually pardon someone must not have been explained to him.

However, that isn't what has him in more hot water. It was the way that he requested his pardon. He informed the governor that if he didn't receive his pardon that he would have someone shoot him in the head and as if that wasn't enough he would also rape the governor's wife, daughter and family dog. Pity the poor dog! He also threatened to have a contract hit put out on President Obama.

I don't know who this speaks worse of, the good people of the state of West Virginia or those who identify as heterosexual.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

World AIDS Day

I've tried to keep busy today but it hasn't helped much; my mind begins to wander to those pictures in my mind of those that I have lost from this disease. My grandmother died in 1984 before it was called AIDS. The technical term back then was GRID (Gay Related Immune Deficiency). I've thought of Gary McClain who was the organ player at our church, we lost him in 1985. Then there was 20 year old Darrell who committed suicide because of his infection, only to find out after his autopsy that his diagnosis was wrong. I remember the young gay man a friend of mine came across at work, he had committed suicide but not before mutilating his body first. In his suicide note he mentioned that he was gay and had only had sex one time. That's all it takes.

I have also been thinking of the many people who have had to suffer above what the disease did to them because of the people around them; especially the church and Christians, or so called Christians. The countless numbers of stories of gay men whose family threw them away upon learning of their disease. The men who had never even told their family that they were gay let alone HIV+, only to have their families not even claim their body from the morgue upon learning why they died.

I have tried to understand, but I just can't seem to. I didn't understand when it happened to me 19 years ago and I don't understand it now. Maybe one day I will. A guy can be a hardened serial killer, on death row and the night of his execution total strangers will hold a candle light vigil to protest the cruelty of putting another human being to .death. His mother will hold a picture telling all who'll listen just how wonderful he was. However, let a straight A student, dedicated, loves his family, loves God and people also. Kind, warm, caring, compassionate, intelligent, well mannered, well adjusted. But let that gay kid tell people that he's gay and he is disowned by his family, rejected by his church and harassed by total strangers and politicians alike; all in the name of God, to the point of doing horrible things to his mind and body and often destroying his life or out right taking of his life, and society doesn't blink an eye, his family forgets about him, and the church decries it as a victory.

God I just don't understand!

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Incentive

Hey folks, I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and my A1C was too high. He didn't yell at me, of course this is only our second visit with him. Actually he did something more motivational, I hope, than yelling. He said 1 word to me that perked up my ears. What's the word you ask? "Insulin"!
If I don't get my weight under control, it's in my near future. I don't want this, I can beat this, I can do this.
Now comes the time, where I have to do this more because I want to look better, or even feel better. Now, I am afraid it's becoming more of a live or die soon kind of thing.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Leaving Homosexuality

What does that even mean? I opened my mail box today and the only thing in it was the monthly letter from Exodus International. I usually throw it away but I opened it this time to read the familiar ex-gay spin. Something Alan Chambers said in his letter jumped out at me; he stated that when he started out 18 years ago he envisioned his circumstances being much different than they are today. He imagined them erased and that he would be a typical heterosexual male(July 2009, Exodus monthly newsletter). That's what I expected too, as did most of the ex-gays that I am familiar with. It didn't happen, and it isn't going too.

So what changed, well definitions changed that's what. Heterosexuality was no longer the opposite of homosexuality, holiness was. How does that "theology" fit in to a group who says that they believe in a person's right to self determination. You have an impressionable gay teen who really wants to be acceptable to God, family and church; how does his ability to self determine stand up against such rhetoric? How about the Christian parents, totally devastated by the news that the son or daughter whom they love with all their being is gay or lesbian? They obviously turn to their spiritual leader who will look to CBN, Focus on the Family, or Exodus and this is the rhetoric that they get.

They will turn to Exodus in hopes of their child being "healed". They believe them at their words. "We left homosexuality behind", only to find out that what they have done is denied those attractions and desires. Sorry folks, denial is not healing. Getting married to a woman when you really want to marry your best man, is not healing.