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voting for hope, fighting for hope, hoping for hope

It really is up to the US’s

I am sitting here staring at my monitor and keyboard trying to come up with a clever opening line and I just cannot find the right words.

This looks like it is going to be a long post – so if you really want to see what got me motivated to write this; scroll down to the bottom, watch the video and maybe then you might want to read more.

I am referring to the ongoing US Presidential campaign and the upcoming US elections; I am looking back to my past and I am trying to recall any other event that has stirred up so much passion and division in people.

Everyone, regardless of where they live » 01 has not just an opinion about the political situation and this is clear when you surf blogs on the net, read Twits and listen to conversations, it almost seems that it is the energy that surges through their being.  » 02  There is some FIRE burning here.

Recently, we just had an election here and I cannot say that I am surprised that we;

  1. have another minority government
  2. the Liberals did not do very well » 03

I have gone on record before in stating though that I am more comfortable when we do have a minority government as I feel it does keep things in check for not only a government that is more responsible but it also ensures that more of my views or rather what is important to me does not get pushed aside.

Only one candidate, during this campaign, came and knocked on my door. Unfortunately, timing was bad and I really did not get to talk to him but I will take this chance to try my best to explain why I said to him that he would have my support.

Firstly, I want to apologize to Archerr for being primarily “one issue” minded voter; well I am not really apologizing I just know he has an issue with people that vote based on “one issue” yet when I defend my position he might understand my reasoning.

I will NEVER vote for the Conservative party:

  1. Stephen Harper is a creep, he lies, he is manipulative with his “do what I say and not what I do” attitude
  2. The provincial branch » 04 of the Conservative party attempted to invoke the “not with standing” clause to take away my rights as a Canadian citizen, that are protected under the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, as a Homosexual.

So here is that one issue – if me as a gay man, that has been born in this country, who’s mother, father, grandparents were all born in this country and have all been paying taxes are NOT afforded the same protection, respect or rights that are offered to someone else that immigrates here from abroad – FUCK OFF or I want a SERIOUS and I mean SERIOUS reduction in my taxes!

If I am a second class citizen, then I pay second class taxes!

My thoughts on the NDP;

  1. I really like what they stand for; equality! Can we afford it?  Don’t think so.  Do they need to be a strong voice in government?  Without a doubt!  Where is my comfort in this?  I live in the riding of the leader of the NDP so I knew he would be elected!
  2. Also a great voice for equal rights for homosexuals! Thanks!

My thoughts on the Bloc Québecois;

I have lived in Québec and I have to say that as a Canadian that was one of the best things I have ever done in my life and one of the things that I am the most grateful for.

Even though I don’t live in QC any more there is one message I do have to send to the the Bloc; you have a point but stop being so damn militant about it.  When you shove your fist down someone’s throat they are going to gag!

Not sure if this loses anything in translation….or what the equivalent phrase would be in French, “you draw more bees with honey than with vinegar.”

My thoughts on the Liberals;

They stood up for the Charter, they protected my rights, they fought for them.  So for me that means that they respect me as an equal.

Yes, they had massive problems, the “Sponsorship Scandal”, a poorly executed budget and so on.  Here is where the irony comes in for me – I would much rather have my tax dollars fucked around with by an organization that views me as an equal than by an organization that sees me as second class. » 05

Oh and one question – WHAT THE HELL were you thinking when you elected Dion as the leader?

My thoughts on the Green Party;

Um yeah thanks for motivating people but do you really think you could run a country?

So here it goes – I am finally making my point

If you are a homosexual, care about anyone who is a homosexual, work with and have respect for a homosexual then you have no other self respecting choice but to vote for the candidate that will uphold the EQUAL rights of yourself, your loved one, your friend and your co-worker.

If you are heterosexual and you vote for the Propositions or the Candidate, that represents the Party, that take away the equal rights or restrict the rights of your homosexual loved one, friend, co-worker you are no different than the person that would drop the match or slap the horse’s ass.  » 06

If you are a homosexual and you vote for the Propositions or the Candidate, that represents the Party, that take away the equal rights or restrict the rights of yourself, then you are only showing yourself and the world that you believe you are a second class citizen and that everyone else that is struggling behind, with and in front of you is a second class citizen and you might as well blow that whistle to draw and quarter yourself or drop the match on your own.

ONLY when you have a true voice, not an empty vote, will you be able to stand up, hold those in office accountable and make a difference in this world.  » 07  And once you have the respect you deserve then and only then should you really feel comfortable with having a choice.

The well being of a nation will ONLY and I mean this ONLY begin when all its people are considered and taken care of.  And really, don’t throw that “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” line at me – if your country does not respect you as an equal human being you are subjecting yourself to nothing less than an abusive relationship.

I got up to grab myself another coffee and a thought hit me about an abusive relationship, if your partner and you » 08 have a fight and your partner hits you upside the head with a frying pan, cuts your head open, cracks your skull and then says, “I am sorry baby I didn’t mean it” and then 2 weeks later does it again, who is the fool?

If someone we cared about was getting hit up side the head with a frying pan we would all say “get out of there”

OK so people get out of there!

I have heard people call themselves an “American Gay” and not a “Gay American” sorry people that does not hold any water with me…you were gay when you were born; but where you were born made you American, you could have been born elsewhere and you would still be gay.

To thine own self be true…

One thing in closing I do want to add. When I saw this I cried, not only because I felt inspired but because I remember being in that closet, alone, scared, no not scared TERRIFIED and thinking that maybe if I was gone it would all be over. » 09

NO ONE, ever and I mean, EVER deserves to feel like that. No one ever deserves to have that moment…

Be an US

Here Are the Foot Notes…

  1. I am including within US borders and abroad ↩ 
  2. I remind you of the ManHunt deal, hell I have even read blogs that are dedicated to just sex turn political ↩ 
  3. Dion I am sure you have your passion but dude you haev to learn how to channel that, communicate it and use it to inspire people and get them motivated ↩ 
  4. Alberta ↩ 
  5. yes this is very much my Conservative vs. Liberal point of view ↩ 
  6. I am referring to burning a homosexual at the stake or drawing and quartering a homosexual — which BTW is still happening around this world, did you realize that homosexuals are hacked to death in Jamaica – this is right in our backyard! ↩ 
  7. Yes your vote does affect the rest of us globally. ↩ 
  8. and I really don’t care if this is male to female, female to female, male to male or female to male ↩ 
  9. And yes one night I was literally in my closet curled up with my knees to my chin and this was my reality ↩ 

Don’t forget to go back up and keep reading….

Posted by on 27 October 2008. Filed under Editorial,turnipHed. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

4 Responses to voting for hope, fighting for hope, hoping for hope

  1. A Lewis Reply

    27 October 2008 at 14:17:15

    You know, some of these “one issues” can hold the power of many. Not all issues are on the same level and holding the same weight. There are definitely some that require to be higher on the list than others. I loved your post. A lot.

  2. turnipHed Reply

    27 October 2008 at 14:54:15

    I thank you for your comment and support…however; this does not give you a free ticket to get into my pants! ;-)

    I do not expect everyone to agree with me and sure they have the same voice on here as anyone does (as long as they follow the guidelines)

    Yet, I do have to say that I really like the way you mention that “some of these one issues can hold the power of many” that was very well put.

  3. Don Reply

    27 October 2008 at 23:22:31

    Richard Pietro + Green Party = almost enough reason to move to Mississauga.

    Dude is scruffalicious.

  4. Archerr Reply

    29 October 2008 at 20:56:26

    I have to say I agree with Lewis. Even though I feel strongly about one issue voters, I think this one is well worth the effort. It has so many more issues wrapped up in it. Good for you!

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