There is a 14-page special in today's newspaper (Die Presse) about the American election and I realized that 7 days from now, in a week, I'll get up in the morning, turn on my radio and hopefully hear "Barack Obama zum neuen Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika gewählt". I've been following this election closely, even though I was disappointed that Hillary Clinton didn't make it to the 'final' round. Now I'm no expert on politics or the issues, but I have a strong dislike towards Sen. McCain that stems from the fact that he so openly disrespects women. He's disrespectful towards gays as well, but that's something I could live with, since we are a small minority. But from what I know, women make up approximately half of the population of this planet, so to look down on half of the population of this planet so openly makes his attitude a real problem for me. Which is just one of a few reasons why I really hope that American's aren't secretly racist and therefore won't vote for Sen. Obama.
Then there's the issue of Gay Marriage that is on the ballot in California. I can't believe how much money certain churches are willing to spend for something that would have no impact whatsoever on their church. From the blogs that I read, quite a few have mentioned this and shared their feelings far better than I could (I'd like to especially point out Lesbian Dad for her great posts). I know that this proposition won't have any effect on the Austrian law, but I still really hope that this proposition doesn't go through. I saw this great video on Feministing recently and it really drives the point home, especially for people who might be undecided on this issue.
Since I've seen this around the net all over the place, I thought I'd post it because it cracks me up.
(Phew. That was one long post, but I had to get this out there before the election.)
1. Being Gay Is Not Natural
And real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning, tattoos, piercings and silicon breasts...
2. Gay Marriage Will Encourage People To Be Gay
In the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3. Legalizing Gay Marriage Will Open The Door To All Kinds
Of Crazy Behavior
People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract. Lamps are next.
4. Straight Marriage Has Been Around A Long Time And
Hasn't Changed At All
Hence why women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
5. Straight Marriage Will Be Less Meaningful If Gay
Marriage Were Allowed
And we can't let the sanctity of Britney Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage be
6. Straight Marriages Are Valid Because They Produce
So therefore, gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our population isn't out of control, our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.
7. Obviously Gay Parents Will Raise Gay Children
Since, of course, straight parents only raise straight children.
8. Gay Marriage Is Not Supported By Religion
In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
9. Children Can Never Succeed Without A Male And A Female
Which is exactly why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
10. Gay Marriage Will Change The Foundation Of Society; We
Could Never Adapt To New Social Norm
Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
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