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Civil Unions

23 Feb

I honestly don’t understand what legal ground people against civil unions think they are making. They keep comparing allowing same-sex civil unions to allowing stealing, murder, etc., things that are currently illegal. But they fail to realize that it was also once illegal for a woman to vote, or for people of opposite colored skin to marry.

Things like murder and stealing will always continue to be illegal because they infringe on other people’s rights. I don’t understand who someone else chooses as their partner affects me in any legal way.

I wish that people would just come out and say what they really believe: that it’s a crime against God. At least be honest, if that’s what you believe then be out with it. At that time I would say that’s between God and whoever decides to enter into a civil union.

I’m sure if I were to come up to you and tell you how unholy it is to drink alcohol, and how by punishing your body you commit a crime against God, you’d basically tell me to go to Hell, and that no one can judge you but God. Yet these same people are turning around and judging others.

It’s crazy and silly. And a tad bit fanatical. And a whole lot scary that we cannot separate church and state, or even personal prejudices and civil liberties.

Caroline Kennedy is no Hillary Clinton

17 Dec

Alright, there’s probably tons of people out there in cyberworld that are great fans of Caroline Kennedy, and she seems to be a wonderful lady, fully capable of sitting on boards to raise money for lots of worthy causes. But what is sad is seeing these political commentators try to bring down Hillary’s experience in order to make Caroline seen more qualified. I don’t understand why Caroline would be entitled to be handed (yes, it would be HANDED, Hillary ran for her seat) a top office job. No, I’m not from New York, but Senators are not supposed to represent only the state they were elected from. That’s why there’s the House of REPRESENTATIVES and the Senate. The Senate is supposed to work for the good of the entire country, not just their respective homes, which is why every state has two Senators. So yes, everyone in the country should be in tune as to what is happening in New York because it affects us all.

Lets be completely frank, people love to hate Hillary Clinton and they cannot stop loving the Kennedys. Hillary Clinton is a divisive figure, there’s no way around that. As her SNL depiction showed, people think she’s shrill and over bearing. People know Hillary’s hands were in business a lot more than even Bill would care to admit while in the White House. So I honestly feel that anything that Hillary gets she earned. People don’t hand her positions because of who she is, if anything they avoid her because of who she is. She’s simply not likable. Cue Caroline Kennedy. Really? Do I need to state anything about why people like lovable Caroline? She even had a pop song written to her, for goodness sake! And her famous father and name aside, she has raised a great deal of money for lots of really good organizations, and unlike Hillary she’s actually lived in New York for a great deal of her life. But so have many other wonderful people.

So the argument is that Hillary’s only qualifications was that she was married to a former President, Caroline was the daughter of a former President, so what’s the big deal? They’re both lawyers, they both advocated for “things”, and before the Senate seat they never held office. First, let state how much I detest career politicians. I think that Senate seats, be it local or national, should be filled with people who have worked as something other than politicians most of their lives. It should be filled not only with lawyers, but with doctors, teachers, throw in some students. Real people who have real expertise at the things they are asked to govern about. So the fact that neither Caroline nor Hillary spent most of their life as politicians is actually good news for me.

The argument is that they were both lawyers. Here’s the thing though, Hillary, until the day that Bill Clinton was elected President, was earning more than her husband, and was an in high-demand lawyer, was a law professor, and the first female full partner to the Rose Law Firm back in the 70’s. Caroline has a degree in law but has not praticed, and no one is yet to be able to point to a full time job that she’s ever had outside of interning decades ago. As far as politics, until Obama Caroline had never been involved in a political process, been head of governing body, or developed an agenda she wanted to pursue. That’s the thing, if she were inclined to govern you know that she would have been the head of whatever committee she had wanted to because of her political connections. Had she really wanted to get her hands dirty she could have served on the Board of Education, or some sort of committee in educational reform. Hillary Clinton had served on the Children’s Defense Fund as a lawyer that helped set policy for children’s rights, was part of the impeachment inquiry staff to the House Judiciary Committee, which ultimately brought down Richard Nixon. And while Caroline sat in boards raising money for schools, Hillary Clinton has published scholarly articles explaining the rights of children in order to move the agenda of Child Protection and Children’s rights. Then the unimaginable happened; She married Bill Clinton, he got elected as Governor, and she became branded as the “First Lady.”

But that’s what I admire about Hillary Clinton. First ladies are supposed to decorate the house their husbands live and govern in, and take up platform (not unlike Miss Americas). But Hillary wasn’t that sort of first lady in either Arkansas or in the White House. She headed committees to better the rural health care of people in Arkansas, worked on several issues with child rights, and she fought to reform school size and teacher testing in the state she was First Lady of. She didn’t set back and let her knowledge go to waste, she got in there. In the White House, she attempted to do the same. Even Bill Clinton would say that if he was elected people would be getting two leaders for the price of one. And as soon as they got into the White House she set up her own office and her own agenda, and immediately began to work on health care reform. Back then Congress was controlled by Republicans and they laughed at her for basically the same health plan Obama is proposing. D.C. was hellbent on putting the little lady in her place, and to some extend they succeeded. Most of her policy work had to now be done behind the scenes as to not make herself a liability for the President.

Caroline Kennedy has sat on a number of charitable boards in the past few decades, and not much else. People don’t know why she’s even interested in public office. To push what agenda? Health care reform? Bailout money to large corporations? To be the new star of the Democratic power which just recently learned that star power is more important than anything else in D.C.? She could be a wonderful Senator. She could have a wealth of knowledge and a work ethic, which is what Hillary is known for, that is unmatched. But how do we know that? And what entitles her to be handed a powerful Senate seat without having to run for it or without knowing what kind of Senator she would be?

Wouldn’t it make more sense for the Governor of New York to hand that seat to someone who has a history of public service, not necessarily a politician, but someone who has been able to show an agenda and work discipline, and let Caroline run for the seat, just like any other untested hopeful? I did not think Obama was ready to govern this nation, but he ran for his office and he certainly earned the win, and commanded respect not only from me but from everyone across the country because of what he was able to accomplish. So did Hillary, she earned her seat by running for it. I cannot help but to think that if that Senate seat is handed to Caroline Kennedy it would only serve to show that qualifications are overrated.