"The assertion that "all men are created equal" was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use." - President Abraham Lincoln
My hope for the Obama presidency is that at will be characterized by efforts to fill in the blaring gaps in our democracy - our moral failures that bely our misguided attempts to equate moralism with morality. My wish list is for equitably quantified full and unqualified civil rights for all - sans caveats - and a humanist agenda, period.
As many have pointed out in their brilliant posts, my home state of California as well as my current state of residence Florida, have shown their true colors in the election this year, which has national and local repercussions, as well as ushers in a global impact for those who strive for comprehensive and indiscriminately applied civil rights.
In an equitable and truly righteous society, the inferior form of - and hopefully recessive gene for patriotism - must not survive. Were self-serving chauvanism and a decidely yielding civil consciousness pigments, the degenerate majority who voted to ban anything other than a civil union between same sex couples in those states, would be declared albinos.
GW Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln
Proposition a 8 in California, and Consitutional Amendment Proposition 2 in Florida were utter contradictions to our otherwise irrefutable mission to unite the nation that we swore no one would steal from us. Change came for most of us, by will and by sheer force of numbers - numbers unified in purpose. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, sheer fear pushed through our weaker defenses. Not the weaker among us, but the worn down and myopic pleas for change that blinded us all to the need for comprehensive change.
Last Tuesday, I helped an elderly voter read in both in Spanish and English, the language of the proposition banning marriage "except between a man and a woman," here in Florida. She asked me to read the proposition. She professed to be a Democrat, and stated her desire to vote for everything democratic. A recent naturalized citizen of South American decent, she stood true to her principles. That was not in agreement with my values, but was certainly democracy in action. dividing families that live within its borders.
"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." - Our great - and very wise - president, Abraham Lincoln
I am not gay, but I have friends and relatives who are. While technically they are not blood relatives, they are part of my family just the same. I am a person who cannot separate human rights from civil rights, and believe that the government has neither the moral basis, nor the right to excercise its constitutionally granted authority to legislate moralism disguised as morality. No matter how popular the a misguided notion is, it is nevertheless still wrong:
"If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg." - Our president, Abraham Lincoln
Abe Lincoln was Spartacus II!
An unflinching moral sensibility/ compass is not a personal belief, but rather a value that is in line with what the framers of our <living> constitution, who declared in another separate, but equally significant founding document: that we are endowed with certain ''...inalienable rights..." The fact that our Constitution is a living document, does not merely subject it to our whims, and 'changing' desires for conformity. It is living so that it can adapt to and defend itself against those who would put it asunder.
We cannot allow our nation to have been founded upon lofty ideals meant to become our national goals, only to replace one monarchy with a populist one that affirms a different but equally insidious injustice.
Chief among the arguments for the defense of all men and women, is the well-known but more often than not misappropriated living embodiment of democracy: "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
'Four score and...' some years later, Abraham Lincoln was yet another who loved freedom more than he loved his country. This being so, he accepted the mission of striving for the perfection of our liberty. He encouraged his fellow citizens to defend most vigorously the timeless values of liberty and justice from potential corruptors who were and would soon be attacking both from within and from without. History instructs us that he did so at his own peril.
Lincoln was a Republican from the land of Obama - no, not Kenya or Hawaii - and insisted on several occasions a multitude of at once robust and 'enlightened' principles whose significance should not be lost on our present circumstances.
We should embrace our history, inclusive of both our successes and failures, so that we may see with increased clarity what lies ahead.
Abraham Lincoln's Chicago Funeral
We would do well to keep President Lincoln's words in mind, and intent in our hearts, if we are to succeed at our goal of perfecting our union, rather than striving through repeatedly pedestrian attempts, to make it (USA...USA!) so typically "ours":
"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of
"Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."
"Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors."
"The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty."
"With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds."
"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."
This is what a humanist looks like...the real alpha couple
Brangelina and Apple Computer, Inc. united and each gave $100k each to fight Prop 8
...or prepare to have them misappropriated shortly after you approve the usurping of the rights of others
This is what a raving bigot looks like
This is what a raving hypocrite looks like