April 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
This is the first short story I’ve ever written. Just felt like it needed to come out.
I work at home. These days, that’s not uncommon. I know a lot of people who work at home. A friend of mine works at home and has a dedicated room in his house that is his office.
My home office is in my bedroom, a desk right across from my bed. I probably have the shortest commute in the world. I’m in a 3 bedroom house in a middle-class neighborhood. I have my kids half the time, so we each get one bedroom. There is no dining room in this rental, so the only place to put an office is my bedroom. I mean, I could put the desk in the living room, but then I’d have to run the kids out when they are home and I’m working. It’s OK in the bedroom, there is plenty of room, and I get to use the monitor to watch movies at night.
So yes, the shortest commute, unless I need to go into the company office. It’s over in Atlanta and it takes me about 2 hours to get there, depending on traffic. I had to go the other day.
It happened to be a day when I did not have my kids, and on those days, I like to get up early and go to the gym. Not that I’m a fitness freak, but it makes me feel good about myself, so I do it. It’s easy when I don’t have to drive to Atlanta for work, but when I do, it’s always a rush. I still make myself go.
Most of us tend to overlook details and forget things when we are rushed and I am no different. Usually when I go to Atlanta on one of these frantic mornings, I forget my security badge or my computer token. Neither are that big a deal. I can get a temporary badge, and I only need the token to access certain things on the network. Since I’m usually in Atlanta for a day full of meetings, I’m not on the network much anyway, so like I said, no big deal.
Except that day I left my phone.
I was 20 minutes into the drive when I realized. Too late to turn back. My immediate thought was what on earth I was going to listen to once I got out of the local radio station range. I like public radio in the mornings, and Atlanta has a station, so no worries. Crisis averted.
As I drove on listening to the political argument of the day and interesting stories about fun and unique people doing something they really enjoy with their lives, my mind kept going back to my phone. What if my ex calls with some issue with the kids. What if my kids’ school calls because they can’t reach the ex? I can’t check facebook or twitter. A “friend” might have an issue and I am the only person that can help, but I won’t even get the message. What if a real friend texts me about lunch and I don’t respond? I’ll look like a total asshole.
What will I listen to on the way home tonight?
After battling Atlanta’s infamous traffic, I got to the office a bit after 9. The all-day meeting I drove over for started at 8:30, so I’m fashionably late. The honest truth is I don’t care. Everyone else lives within 30 minutes and makes that commute every day, or they flew in from up north yesterday and are staying in a hotel within walking distance. That, and they give 2 shits about the project we’re working on. I don’t.
I wasn’t always this way. Ten years ago, I worked in a more technical part of the company. I was climbing up the ladder. I went from entry-level guy to moving across the country and managing 2 teams within 2 years. I remember getting up early in the morning and working all night when things went down. The wife hated it. I lived off the adrenaline. I was good at what I did.
But it all changed. Kids change things. Feelings change. Moves happen. Ten years later, we are separated and working on a divorce. At work, I took whatever job the company had back east. It was still management, but not nearly as exciting. I stagnated.
I made some poor career decisions and ended up getting out of management, going into Product Management. I thought I’d have all the responsibility of running a software product and none of the hassle of managing people. Boy was I wrong.
Product Management is an interesting career. At a good company, it can be great. It can be a good mix of technology, people skills, business skills, and a wonderful creative outlet. At my company it was like that, but not in my department.
Somehow, my department is run by a man who manages to be a micro-manager and completely hands-off at the same exact time. It’s truly remarkable. He micro-manages by making every minor decision involving the product, including sales commitments, but he stays hands-off by not telling any of us Product Managers about those decisions. In all honesty, I’ve been in 2 meetings with the guy in the last year. That’s not an exaggeration.
His other trick is to make himself look indispensable to the higher-ups, but make the rest of us look incompetent. I think in his mind, it keeps him from having to give us raises, which saves the company money. Yay for the company. What he doesn’t realize is that it ruins morale. Half the workforce has left in the last year, and the other half is just fogging a mirror to collect paychecks until they lay us off.
So, if us PMs aren’t making decisions about the product, what are we doing? Writing documentation, trying to follow up on reported defects to make sure we understand them, putting in tickets for the technical teams to do stuff for us. Not product managing, that’s for sure. If I’m honest, we’re not even doing the work of the Product Manager’s less-glamorous counterpart, the Business Analyst. These days, I’m actually working on configurations, doing QA testing, and scouring log files. Definitely not product management.
That’s all beside the point. The bottom line is that my manager sucks, and he runs the whole department. Is it any wonder that the “good Product Management” company sold us off? The department wasn’t pulling it’s weight, so they sold us off to the highest low bidder. That gave the term “corporate slave” a whole new meaning for me.
The new company seems fine, but they kept that asshole in charge, so daily life at work continues to drag on.
Anyway, I’m there for a meeting. Super boss is too important for this meeting, so at least I didn’t have to deal with him. I sat down and opened my laptop to check my email. After my hectic morning, I haven’t checked it yet. I could have checked it in the car if I had my phone. After all, that’s what the company bought me the phone for, so I could stay connected. The joke is on them though because I never installed my company email on it. It makes me add a password to the phone, and I don’t want to do that, so no email.
So it turns out I couldn’t have checked it in the car. Let’s call it a safety precaution.
I don’t even know why I’m in this meeting. It’s a huge project that I have a very limited role in. So, I sit and check email. I hear all the corporate buzzwords: ”take that offline”, “parking lot”, “action items”, “resources”, “yellow card” (that’s a new one for me), the list goes on.
Every once in a while, I pay attention to whatever they are talking about long enough to throw out a question or idea, just to show that I’m actually paying attention. Multi-tasking. Yeah, everybody has to multi-task. Just like a processor chip.
Of course, every time there is a long pause after someone on the phone is asked a question and they chime in with “oh sorry, I was talking on mute…”, I laugh heartily with everyone else. Gotta keep up appearances. It never gets old.
At lunch time, they bring in a plate full of sandwiches from the corner bakery. Only, it’s not a local corner bakery, it’s a Corner Bakery franchise. Every freaking corporate meeting I ever go to with a catered lunch has Corner Bakery sandwiches, salad, and potato salad. And a cookie. Don’t forget the cookie. And someone always comments about how great the sandwiches are. Every time. I don’t get it. They aren’t that great. It’s sustenance, and it’s free sustenance, but do we have to remark at how great Corner Bakery is?
I spend the afternoon fighting off the combo punch of after-lunch coma and mindlessly boring powerpoint presentation. This is by far the greatest challenge that the corporate warrior faces in 21st century America. After excusing myself to go to the bathroom and/or get a drink of water about 10 times just to stay awake, it’s time to go home.
In the car, I’m really regretting leaving my phone. So I listen to NPR again on the way home. While I’m sitting in traffic, my mind wonders into what else I could be doing with my life. I’m obviously not happy where I am, but what else do I want to do? I have years of experience as a Product Manager, but I don’t want another Product Manager job. I don’t even want tech anymore. Or a corporate job. Maybe I should learn to fly. Or, buy a farm and be a farmer. I live in a relatively rural area. How cool would it be to work with my hands every day? I bet I’d be very healthy. Poor and healthy.
That’s actually looking very attractive these days.
Who am I kidding, I don’t have money for either of those, not with this divorce pending. What am I complaining about anyway? Most days I get to sit at home and “phone it in” from the house. My boss is so clueless that he doesn’t even realize I’m half-assing it anyway. And the pay is decent for what I actually do. Is that enough reason to stay? A lot of people don’t have jobs at all. I have no reason to complain.
I finally got home to my phone. No text messages. No voice mails. I check facebook and it seems that I missed a lot. Steve still thinks the President is the worst criminal in US History. Lisa thinks the GOP is trying to take us back to a segregated society. Corner Bakery is having a special all month long. Beth has some cute kids that made some wonderful arts & crafts today. Jim made an obscure statement referencing some movie I’ve never seen before.
Tom’s wife still has cancer.
How did I go 12 hours and 140 miles without this information today?
At the end of the day, I had enough energy for 2 whiskey drinks and a Netflix documentary before going to bed and getting ready for that killer commute the next day.
January 18, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I’ve stayed away from the gun control issue on this blog. Not for any particular reason. Prior to Sandy Hook, I thought it was predominately the realm of right-wing conspiracy theorists claiming that Obama was letting the UN dictate gun regulation to us, despite the fact that he hadn’t even attempted to pass any gun legislation in the last 4 years. It just wasn’t on my mind.
After Sandy Hook, I found it on my mind. A lot.
To be honest, my first reaction that day when I heard the news was, “Oh, another school shooting”, and I kept on with my work. It seriously took me a couple of hours to realize that it was kids this time. Young kids. Younger than my kids.
Then I cried. I simply couldn’t imagine the grief those people in Newtown were feeling at that moment.
I was obviously shaken by the tragedy, but I also wondered how I could have dismissed it at first. Have I become that desensitized? Have we all? I think I just didn’t understand exactly what had happened at first. I heard the words elementary school, but it didn’t register until I heard the ages of the victims.
It didn’t take long before the “it’s not the gun, it’s the person” defense started coming out. From a certain perspective, rightfully so. Every time there is a tragedy like this, someone wants to restrict access to guns. This being probably the worst school shooting tragedy to date, so the defense had to get out early.
I should probably state my position on guns before going too much further.
Number one, I don’t own a gun. I’ve shot before, for fun (and it is fun), but I just don’t have the desire to own a gun.
Number two, I am very supportive of the 2nd amendment. Let me be clear about that. In my opinion, the second amendment:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
…is not about hunting. It’s not about self defense or protection of private property. It is about protection from foreign invasion for one thing. For another, it is about protection from our own government.
That’s right, I’m taking a page from the right-wing extremist playbook. Because it’s true. Need proof?
The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.
Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
OK, maybe that just proves that we’ve always fought over this, but it resonates with me. This country was founded on individual liberty. The Bill of Rights are not rights granted to you by the Federal government. They are essential human liberties – granted to you by whatever higher power you believe in – that are guaranteed not to be trampled on by your government.
If it ever came down to it and we really and truly had a dictator in office and were outraged at the laws being forced on us, wouldn’t it be nice to have weapons – even assault rifles - to fight back with?
We shouldn’t give that up because some mental case decided to attack defenseless children.
And to those who say it is a moot point because we could never stand up against our own military, two reminders:
When we defeated the Brits to gain our independence, we were a bunch of farmers and they were the most advanced fighting force the world had ever seen.
Our military, the current most advanced fighting force the world has ever seen, has been bogged down in Afghanistan & Iraq against a disorganized populace with AK-47s and IEDs for over a decade.
And those aren’t even our own countrymen they are fighting.
So, that’s why this argument from the President caught my attention today, urging people to call their congressman:
Ask them what’s more important — doing whatever it takes to get a A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns, or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade?
That misrepresents the issue. Sure there is a gun lobby, and sure they have bought a few congressmen (which is a campaign finance issue, not a gun issue), but the question isn’t between greasing a politician’s pockets or making a child safe at school. That’s a no-brainer. The question is whether we want to diminish our ability to stand up to a tyrannical government in the future for the small (or potentially no) increase in elementary school safety.
A much tougher question.
Up to now, I realize I sound like the worst of the Tea Party nutjobs out there. Here’s where I differ.
While I think there could be a time in the future where We The People need to rise up against our government, I think we are light years from it. Paying taxes is not tyranny. Expanding healthcare coverage is not a dictatorship. This, for example, is hyperbole at it’s absolute worst:
Aside from the sheer audacity of placing Obama alongside the absolute worst 20th century mass murdering dictators, it is patently false.
Obama doesn’t oppose anyone’s right to bear arms. Maybe he doesn’t think the general public has any need for assault rifles, but not one of his 23 measures announced yesterday will prevent a mentally healthy, responsible, law-abiding citizen from obtaining any gun on the market today. Not one.
That’s a link to Fox News, BTW. If there was any way even one of those could be misinterpreted as an attack on 2nd amendment rights, they’d make a huge deal out of it for sure. Any case that could potentially be made isn’t even being picked up by Fox News.
That should tell you something.
December 14, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I’ve been on a religion kick lately, and as a result, I’m overdue for a book report, but this is not it.
After reading the Qu’ran, I stepped away from Islamic philosophy & scripture (despite some awesome comments on that post) and I read Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. Maybe it was exceptionally well written, or maybe it was the one-two punch of reading that and watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos on Netflix, but I’ve noticed a change in my personal beliefs since finishing both around the same time.
But that’s another post.
I’ve thought a lot about the role of religion in the founding of the United States, for a really long time. Like most people, when I started I just assumed that all the founders were Christian. Not only because most people are these days, but because that was even more likely 240 years ago. I mean, you don’t have to go too far back beyond that to find people being burned at the stake for blasphemy. Even today, atheists are often thought of as something sub-human.
One can do a few Google searches to find a plethora of cherry-picked quotes from either side. Thomas Jefferson is an excellent example:
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823
And of course, the same mind wrote:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
-Declaration of Independence of the United States of America
Of course, every atheist in the country claims quote one as proof TJ was a raving atheist, and everyone on the religious right claims quote two as proof positive that not only was TJ a devout Christian, but “this is a Christian nation”. And the fight goes on to find any possible quote by John Adams, George Washington, Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, any founding father to prove your chosen side.
Here’s my point. It’s completely irrelevant.
It does not matter one iota what the personal religious views of any or all of the founding fathers was.
The Declaration makes reference to “Divine Providence”, a “Creator”, “Nature’s God”, and maybe a few others, but it does not say a word about Jesus, the God of Abraham, Yaweh, the Holy Spirit or any specific divinity, just some generic higher power. And it is irrelevant as well as it is not the Constitution, which explains how our system of government works and guarantees certain rights that will not be infringed.
And the Constitution does not mention a higher power at all. Ever.
I think that is because although many of the founders were Christian, they understood something that too few understand today. Religion is a personal choice. The atheist crowd insists that the first amendment erects an impenetrable wall between church and state and never shall the two meet under any circumstances. The religious crows is fond of the “freedom of religion, not freedom from religion” argument (which I really don’t understand at all, but whatever). What it actually says:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”
-Amendment 1 to the United States Constitution
Congress can’t force you to go to church, and can’t prevent you from going either. It’s a personal choice. I think it was John Locke, the Enlightenment philosopher (who all of our founders were familiar with) who stated that a government cannot force a religious belief. They can force you to say a prayer at gunpoint, but they can’t make you believe what you said under such duress, so why make a big deal out of it?
He didn’t say it in those words, he was much more eloquent than I.
But that’s the point, it’s a personal choice that the government has no role in whatsoever and couldn’t enforce one way or another, even if they wanted to.
The applicable takeaway for me, for modern times, is that if a legislator’s only justification for any particular law is scripture, that law is unconstitutional the moment in becomes law, because by establishing a law with no foundation in anything other than a particular interpretation of a religious text, they are forcing citizens to follow a religious teaching, thereby establishing a state-supported religion.
The founders’ chosen religious beliefs didn’t matter then, and they don’t matter now.
Just for the record, at this moment I’m kindof partial to Jefferson’s beliefs, especially after reading Dawkins (though I think they are very different from each other).
November 18, 2012 § 7 Comments
I just finished reading the Qu’ran. I wasn’t all that impressed. I certainly wasn’t inspired to build this:
I read it in just a couple of months, and that includes several day stretches where I didn’t read anything at all. Life gets in they way and all that stuff. Plus, it wasn’t engaging reading, right on par with most religious texts.
Unlike the Bible, the Qu’ran doesn’t seem to follow a chronological order. Throughout the book, it kept going back to the Moses story, but to different parts of it. It also referenced Noah and the flood many times, and the destruction of the cities/civilizations of ‘Ad and Thamud. But that’s about it. It’s as if these are the only significant events in human history from the beginning of time until the time of Mohammed, and they were all done just to show what Allah does to people who deny that he is the supreme being of the universe.
I don’t remember a reference to Adam and Eve. There was reference to Jesus, but only as one of many prophets (and in no way even remotely equal to Allah).
It seemed very similar to Old Testament God in the Bible. Allah is a very angry dude, and very jealous. Heaven help you if you don’t follow him, or if you believe in Jesus. I mean, he’s “Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful” but there is no room for doubt.
At least he gets a name in the Qu’ran, not just “I am that I am”.
Oddly, after reading it, I’m not sure what the modern-day beef between Muslims and Jews is all about. From what I can tell, both religious systems believe in a very angry supreme being, who even helped the same people (Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, all of your Old Testament faves). Everyone has to worship him alone, no other Gods or they suffer eternal damnation.
They just use a different name.
Apparently, the Hadith – the recorded word of Mohammed (which started being compiled 150 years after the Prophet died) – is where all the laws are. The Qu’ran was mostly peaceful, and all about what the individual needs to do to be on Allah’s good side on the Day of Judgment. If you are good, you get to live in gardens with rivers flowing beneath them. If you are bad, you get to live in fire, with nothing to drink but boiling water. And nobody can help you. It’s very clear about that.
I didn’t see any justification for killing people of other faiths, or anything about 72 virgins. Just the gardens with rivers. Maybe I missed it, or misinterpreted it, but I was kindof looking for those things.
Maybe the Hadith holds all the scary Islamist fundie stuff. I downloaded that too, but it’s about 3 times as long as the Qu’ran. I may read it chunks, mixing in some lighter stuff.
As a freethinker, the Qu’ran didn’t really didn’t offer me any answers. I’m definitely not converting to Islam anytime soon. Like other religious texts, it kindof presumes that Allah exists. For justification, it says to ask unbelievers who created the heavens and earth. Who creates the day and the night? Who provides the rain? Who holds the birds in the sky? Of course, the only conceivable answer is Allah. And the only logical conclusion from there is that one should follow the Qu’ran because it was delivered from Allah.
Circular logic if I’m not mistaken.
To the skeptic, the first objection is that we now know that the earth was created by gravity over billions of years, day and night is due to the rotation of the earth, there is an entire water cycle to explain rain, and we understand aerodynamics enough to understand flight and even fly ourselves, which I’m sure would have blown Mohammed’s mind.
So we don’t need Allah to explain any of those things.
But let’s say there is a God nonetheless, how do we know this Qu’ran comes from Him? Just because some goat herder says it did (not trying to be disrespectful, Mohammed is known to have been a goat herder when the Qu’ran was revealed to him)? I guess 1400 years ago you could go around saying God spoke to you and not be considered crazy. Today you’d be committed.
So, not a life-altering experience, but I’m glad I read it.
November 17, 2012 § Leave a Comment
After I got over the shock of actually reading about real secession petitions springing up in my lifetime, then laughing at them in the supreme confidence that they will come and go with nothing coming of them, I started to wonder. What if it actually happened?
I mean, no way it would actually happen, let’s be clear. In the American Revolution, we had an occupying force enforcing the law from a legislative body 2000 miles away that we had no representation in. In the American Civil War, the very livelihood of the entire south was at risk. Yes, slavery was completely immoral, but a) people back then didn’t think so (after all, slavery is OK in the Bible) and b) the entire southern economy depended on slave labor.
But this is different.
Today, the best “reason” I can imagine that those favoring secession can possibly have is that the Federal Government is too large and too powerful. But that is a matter of opinion. Raising tax rates on filthy rich folks to help pay down an out of control amount of debt isn’t quite tyranny, no matter how much Ayn Rand you read.
If the idiot separatists don’t like the Federal Government being so big and so involved in everyday lives, they should run on that platform and leave their archaic views on social issues behind. There is a strong enough case without that garbage.
But what if it did happen? It’s an interesting thought exercise.
Since most of the people signing these petitions are the same ones that think the US is a Christian nation, I imagine they would avoid the “mistakes” of our founding fathers and very clearly include Jesus and Christianity in their constitution. That alone would be interesting to see. Are Catholics allowed? What about Mormons? You know, the Episcopal church has gay bishops. Are they in?
Of course they’d have to have a strong military, so they’d have to keep taxes around. But I imagine they would cut all entitlement programs. I’d like to see how they deal with “strong self-reliant people” who happen to get cancer or have a bad car accident and become unable to work. I bet they’d send them back to us. Freeloaders.
Or what about this. They would of course restrict access to contraception, and rule out abortions. But they’d have no social welfare programs or safety nets, so it would also be interesting to see how they deal with all of those unwanted pregnancies. I mean, they may be good God-fearing Christians, but they are going to have sex. They are still human.
I guess everyone would have guns too. Probably required by law. That may be OK since, again, they all have God on their side so no bad people will be around to get their hands on guns and cause a problem. Unless they get a terminal illness and can’t provide for their family of 10, that is.
Definitely interesting. Equally fun to think about is what happens to the rest of us who stay out of “The Conservative States of America”. (I figured that would be good, it’s another CSA!)
Without the far right-wing nutjobs around, what would happen to the political balance? Would we slide further and further to the left until we eventually become the socialist state our insane brethren on the right warn us about? Maybe.
I mean, without strong opposition to things like single-payer healthcare, I’m sure that would happen. I also think entitlement programs would expand further and further until they really are unable to be supported. I mean, they are there today and we still have the right-wing counterbalance keeping things in check.
I can only imagine it would be a matter of time until we were in a Soviet-style communist system. I do think that if progressive policies go too long without being checked, that’s the eventual outcome. At some point, people realize they can game the system, then the rest realize that there are a bunch of freeloaders around and are completely uninspired to produce. That did happen in the Soviet Union and would happen in any communist system.
At the same time, with all objection to gun control essentially eliminated, the people wouldn’t have a way to defend themselves against their government either. Let’s not kid ourselves, the 2nd amendment is not about hunting or even protecting from foreign invasion. It is our last resort in protecting ourselves from our own government.
If you don’t think that’s important or true, look at Syria.
So, in the end, both sides need each other. Neither of the extremes in our current political landscape can survive without the other, and it’s silly to put your name on a petition to try to make that a reality.
The other thing that could potentially happen is that only a handful of these petitioners are serious, so maybe we just give them North Dakota, just because that’s all the space they need. The moderate Republicans stick around in the Union and we all prosper while the Tea Party Republic (Koch States of America?, Kingdom of Limbaugh?, Fox News Republic?) fails miserably in their attempt and comes back begging for us to let them back into the union.
I guess it can be filed under “be careful what you wish for”.
November 12, 2012 § 5 Comments
Several months ago, I picked Obama to win the election, so I was really not surprised to find out late last Tuesday night that he did in fact win re-election. My only surprise was at how close it actually was. I expected more of a landslide.
What surprised me even more, however, was the eventual reaction from the right. After about a day of complete silence (as far as I could tell), I started seeing the facebook posts. They were logically upset, but they truly could not comprehend how in the world Obama was re-elected. Just some of the responses I saw (I’m paraphrasing):
- boycott the mainstream media because they stole this election for Obama!!!
- how could a president with 7%+ unemployment get re-elected??!?!
- Voter fraud rampant in all 50 states!!!!
- everyone who voted for Obama is just stupid because they have ruined the country!!!
- …and many more!
My favorite was probably all the people who seemed to be genuinely upset that all the hundreds of millions of dollars raised by the SuperPACs did NOT actually buy an election. I should probably clarify that that was on Fox News one day, not any of my facebook friends. None of my friends are that crazy.
But seriously, is that an actual, real, reaction to all of this?!?!? I know that money wins elections and politicians are bought; I’m not that naive. But do we want it to be that blatant? The side that raises the most money automatically wins? Why even vote then? Let’s just skip the middleman and put the largest company in charge of everything.
These people seem to just conveniently forget about the 2 (not one, two) GOP Senate candidates who together claimed that a) a woman can’t get pregnant by “legitimate” rape and b) if she does (somehow?), it is God’s will. Oh, I almost forgot, I watched much of the election results on Fox News and they actually did bring this up. They said two GOP Senate candidates said “some unfortunate things” about rape and abortion, and the Democrats used it against them.
75% of Latinos voted for Obama, and you don’t know why? Really? How about because Romney’s immigration guy is the guy that wrote the
Gestapo Arizona “show-me-your-papers” law. My question is, who the hell are the 25% of the Latino population that voted for this guy? Maybe that quarter of latinos didn’t leave their home country for socio-economic opportunity. Maybe they just really, really didn’t like their friends & family back home, they got their citizenship and now they want to deport anyone that tried to follow them.
I don’t think I’ve seen the numbers, but I imagine that there are probably about 5 gay Republicans left that voted for Romney. I probably don’t even need to go into this one. I’m betting that the GOP was providing free shuttles taking gay & lesbian folks to the polls, but only if they promised to vote Democrat.
What really pains me personally about all of this is that, if I haven’t said it before, I’m not a Democrat! I believe in a constitutionally limited republic. I think we’ve gone a long way from where our founders intended. I do think the Federal Government has too much control over individual lives.
But I can’t vote for someone who wants to protect “individual freedoms” but wants to deny marriage rights to gay people. I can’t vote for someone who claims to favor “fiscal responsibility” but wants to increase military spending and give even more tax breaks to filthy rich people. I can’t vote for someone who watches major hurricanes hit New York City, but denies climate change is happening. Lastly, I can’t believe we are still re-hashing the Scopes Monkey Trial in this day and age and that real, actual Congressman, on the house Science & Technology Committee, right here in 2012, still claim the earth is 6,000 years old and refute something as universally accepted as the Theory of Evolution.
And it’s not Democrats that are holding on to Creationism. At least the Democratic Party has some grounding in reality. The GOP is off the freakin’ radar.
You know when I knew the GOP was in trouble on Tuesday night? When Fox News projected that Obama would win Ohio. Not because that gave him enough electoral votes to clinch the election (which it essentially did). I knew the GOP was in trouble when Karl Rove objected to the Fox News “Decision Desk” projecting Obama as the winner of Ohio. For about 30 minutes, it was Karl Rove vs. the Fox News Decicson Desk.
You are always in trouble when you turn against your own.
I still say that the saddest thing about this entire election cycle is that the GOP had a candidate way back in the beginning that would have handily defeated Obama. No, not Rick Perry. Not Michele Bachmann. Not Newt Gingrich. Not even our old pal Santorum. John Huntsman.
John Huntsman had my attention and my vote when he said he believed in both climate change and evolution. Unfortunately, the party base thought that made him a “RINO” and he was out of the race before the primary in my state occurred. If Romney was as close to Obama as he was, I firmly believe Huntsman would have won.
Do you hear that, GOP? It’s your alarm clock. It’s time to wake up and step into the 21st century before you whither away and die.