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Let People Be


Recently there has been a lot of news over people saying and doing stupid things. Most of them related to GOProuds endorsement of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The statement deemed most offensive related to GOProuds endorsement of  Mitt Romney were made by founder of the It Gets Better Project, Dan Savage. Mr. Savage tweeted “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue: thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/goproud-endors…. Pathetic.” I can see why people would get offended by this statement. It’s absolutely reasonable. He used a word that was derogatory to a group of people he belongs to. However many people were quick to blame the entire left for Mr. Savages remarks. Or they entirely dismissed Mr. Savages work in the gay community because he had a lapse of judgement.

Dan Savage is in many peoples eyes a good person who has done good for a group of people. He slipped up once and was disrespectful to another group of people. Here’s the thing though he hasn’t apologized for his and I don’t think he will. He made a statement and he stood by it. Too often nowadays people are having to back track what they say or apologize for what they’ve done because a small group of people are offended. Last year country singer Blake Shelton tweeted he would kick any mans ass if they came on to him after he remade a song previously sung by a woman. People accused him of being homophobic and advocating gay bashing. Maybe if people weren’t so quick to judge they’d possibly think maybe just doesn’t want his ass grabbed. I know I’m probably thinking about this too simply but that’s who I am I love simplicity.

There’s no doubt the statements Blake Shelton or Dan Savage said were idiotic. But when did we start drawing false equivalency for idiotic statements. When did someone become homophobic for not wanting another man touching his ass. When I played football I didn’t let my teammates slap me on my ass and I was vocal about not wanting them to touch me there but am I  homophobic or would I just rather not be touched on my ass. Dan Savage was completely out of line by using the word faggot. And even more out of line by using house in front of it as if the people from GOProud were slaves. However, if you knew about Mitt Romney’s support of conversion therapy and you were gay and found out other homosexuals supported him wouldn’t be a little mad. You would and just because you’re a public that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be afforded the opportunities to say dumb things. Let people be idiotic. It’s not like they are just going to stop being idiotic because they were told to apologize so many times.

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TOO OLD, TOO YOUNG


I am too old to be governed by the fear of dumb people, good thing I live in a country governed by a representative democracy. That being said, I am also too young to to be governed by old peoples fears, fortunately for me I live in a country where there are more old people than young people. However, I am also lucky enough to understand that people change as well other things. Such as beliefs, religions, and ideologies. I believe that statement so much I’ll even call it a fact, especially the one about ideologies. I mean we can look through several decades and eras and you can see how the ideologies of the nation change.

In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s you saw a shift to conservatism with a counter culture of secret liberalism, that lasted for the most part until 1933. Then in 1933 we saw a strongly democratic president take office for twelve years and he was followed by an equally strong democratic president. Then in mid 1940’s we saw a shift to the middle which lasted for a short while and in 1950 we saw a shift so far to the right, that people were being blacklisted for simply being accused of being a communist. Then in the 1960’s we saw the birth of modern liberalism we the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Then after Johnson’s stint in office we saw a president take office who was slightly right of center but a counter culture that was far left of center. Finally we saw the birth of  what was known as modern conservatism with Ronald Reagan taking office. Reagan’s predecessor was a man who held the same beliefs as he but he couldn’t hold the office for eight years. His predecessor was Bill Clinton who was for the most part a left of center president. He led the nation to a prosperous era. He was then followed by George W. Bush who had a hard time keeping the nations economy afloat while dealing with two wars. While the second Bush was in office you saw people go farther to their respective ideologies.

Now we have a president who is having a hard time getting things done for a number of reasons. Obstructionism, a full plate, growing daughters, and other things. Under his control we have seen the two main ideologies split so far apart we haven’t seen the country divided like this since the Civil War. With as much divisiveness as we’re seeing one can say we are absolutely left for dry, unless we figure out a way to fix our differences. The way I see it, everyone is stupid even the most brilliant people. You know why? Because we all believe we have the answers. When in reality all we have is our mouths open trying to drown every body else because we believe we know what’s best and every body else is an idiot. The sooner we stop thinking we’re geniuses and every one else less than us the sooner can get back to being a united nation that disagrees on a few things instead of a divided nation that doesn’t agree on diddly squat.


Executive Immigration


Today Obama gave a speech claiming that he would no longer seek to deport a certain group of illegal immigrants. The group of illegal immigrants that Obama no longer seeks to deport are the young adults who arrived in America before the age of sixteen and have at least been in America for five years. So how does that reflect on the number of illegal immigrants in America. As of 2010 there were 10.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States, I was unable to find the number of illegal immigrants under thirty. However, from that number one can only guess that at least any where from fifty to seventy percent of , that’s just a guess, are illegal immigrants.

So where does the controversy start over this plan to no longer seek the deportation of illegal immigrants under 30. Well Obama passed this plan through a thing called an Executive Order, an already extremely controversial thing a president can do. So you take a subject as polarizing as illegal immigration and throw into the pot with something as controversial as an Executive Order one is is bound to hear a lot of outrage and a lot of faux outrage. Take for example a close friend of mine said this today after hearing the the news,” Obama should be impeached. Today Obama went around the constitution to get an item passed on his own political agenda. Obama has no plan so he had to pull a publicity stunt off. This is very sad he has very low standards and ethics. All he does is lie. The idiot broke the constitution by going around the congress.” Now, he is legitimately outraged and that’s fine. However I responded to that statement with,”Joe Obama didn’t go around the constitution. He exercised a right known as an Executive Order. He has the Executive Authority to do that. and all presidents before him have done it. Abraham Lincoln did it in the civil war. George W. Bush did it 288 times. In comparison to Obama’s 44. George W. Bush, according to you, seems to have gone around the constitution, thus breaking the law and should have, by your standards, been impeached. It’s good and fine that you don’t agree with Obama but this Executive Order in my opinion will do more good than harm. Seeing how stops the unfair punishment of young people who didn’t have a choice to have been brought here and are basically american citizens in every way but on paper. And it allows people to get jobs and further their education giving them a chance to get legal citizenship further along in the future. And if those illegal immigrants have work permits they won’t be able to work under the table and occupy jobs that legal citizens may occupy.” My friends name is Joe Smith and I call him Captain Mormon, an allusion to the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith and an alcoholic beverage.

Back to the point, though, illegal immigration and I believe almost every one in the world will agree with that. But when do we allow illegal immigrants to be full blown citizens after five years, ten years, never. It’s kind of idiotic to not want to reform immigration laws. I mean what are they now. Catch them and deport them or catch them and lock them up and have tax payers shoulder the burden of their stay in prison. It just seems that if we give them a quicker route to legal citizenship then it would cost less for the tax payers and it would make a lot of people happier. But then if we did that it would open up a whole bunch more of loop holes. What I am really trying to say is, the immigration problem isn’t going to go way with one Executive Order. It needs to keep being played with and fixed and tightened up. The sooner we figure that out the sooner we won’t have to deal with it as much.