This is day one of the Barack Obama presidency and the following have not been accomplished:
1. Gay marriages and or civil unions recognized nationally
2. Expansion of hate crimes to include crimes committed against the LGBT community.
3. Removal of "Don't ask, don't tell" and the full acceptance of gays in the military.
4. Adoption rights of the LGBT community.
5. Expansion of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include the LGBT community.
Five things Obama was in support of during the election cycle and these five things will be what I will hold Barack Obama and the Democratic Party accountable for.
To answer Obama's rhetorical question, "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified," the LGBT answer is an astounding no. Our family isn't even recognized, if we're outed we stand a chance of getting fired just for who we are, and retirement is not dignified if the person we have spent our lives with has died. It's exactly the opposite.
Just like other rights issues (the right to vote, the right to equality, and many others), it is not a path for the faint-hearted and it is still a journey that continues today. We have fought with the rest of the country for freedom. We fought with the rest of this country to end slavery. We have fought with the rest of this country to allow others to have the same rights that have eluded us. During that time, we have patiently waited. This community has said time and time again, "Soon it will be our turn. One day, we'll be equal." That day has still not come.
The challenges of the LGBT community are not new. They have been in existence for a lot of recorded history. They've been in existence for many difference groups. Yet when we see other people getting exactly the equality that can be given to us, we are left wondering why we're even here. Why are we here in a country that is based on being endowed with "unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"? How is the current system "...deny(ing) not to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws"?
We continue to brave our icy waters toward equality, and we continue to endure our storms. We continue to be tested, and the future will realize that we didn't give up. The future will know that we never stayed down, but we got right back up and continued our long journey toward equality--an equality for all people for all generations.
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Wait, it's Martin Luther King Day? With all the media attention on Barack Obama, I didn't figure it out (sarcasm).
Personally, I'm already sick and tired of Obama and the man isn't even in office yet! It's not Obama's fault, but it's the media's fault. They have done nothing but gush over him since he threw his hat into the race. The media hand-picked him to be the Democratic nominee from the moment he stepped into the race. Obama got nothing but positive press from the media (even with some of the skeletons in his closet) to the point where McCain (who got a lot more negative press than Obama, go figure!) never really stood a chance.
Now one week before the inauguration, the media is STILL gushing over him, drawing comparisons to FDR and JFK. This is just getting ridiculous! I can see the McCain/Hitler comparisons now if he actually did win the presidential race.
I wish Obama all the luck in the world while in office, but right now the man could slaughter 15 people and the media would still be gushing all over him.
97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates
Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions
57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)
71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).
Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes
Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter
And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!
Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.
Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)
And the media isn't liberal? Well, just for the funny, watch some of their actual, honest responses to the survey and how Obama got a huge slide from the media while McCain and Palin (as always from the media) were demonized:
The banking system messed up royally with this idea of a credit market and is paying dearly for it...or rather we are paying for their mistakes and will probably pay more than one trillion (that's 1,000,000,000,000) dollars because of their major screw up. This screw up will also last for several years and could wind up completely destroying the credit market, as predicted by several people. Some of this money will no doubt wind up in the pockets of the banking executives and nowhere in the credit market, where it needs to go.
The US auto industry screwed up for DECADES and just wasn't competitive in the global market. Now they are feeling the hurt and are begging for a bailout. This bailout comes with several strings attached, including a complete revamping of the US auto industry, which will take several years and most likely will cost the taxpayers several hundred billion (that's at least 100,000,000,000) dollars, of which at least 60 million dollars will not even go to production. Instead, it will line the pockets of the executives, even with their limits on salaries imposed by the government.
I screwed up and am in debt. Where is my bailout? Oh, yeah that's right. I'm responsible for my own actions, much like these businesses should be responsible for their own actions. Yet somehow, these businesses that show a continuous cycle of failures and screw ups get everything they want. Let me repeat that--businesses that show a repeated cycle of failure get attention!
Remember Savings and Loans? Or how about the sudden influx of superior-made Japanese cars that threatened to shut down Detroit? Or even go all the way back to the Great Depression, when banks loaned out more than they had? Why are we continuing to cater to continuous failures?
Well, Barack Obama won the election. Let's first get over ourselves and realize we're stuck with him no matter who we voted for, just like with Bush. Unlike with Bush however, Obama seems like someone who can learn from mistakes, so that is a big plus. Let's take a look and see what Barack Obama should do while in office.
1. Unite people. He can do exactly what Bush said he was going to do and never did. To succeed, Obama should reach across the isle and present a united front.
2. Stop Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Within the first 90 days, expect them to try and push forward with their extremist agendas. It's up to Obama to put a stop to this kind of agenda making and start working on making the country a better place.
3. Stop spending. Government spending is out of control! You can cut taxes, cut spending, and have better services just by eliminating waste. A true conservative Bush was not, but Obama is making inroads with the conservative crowds, because he is wanting tax cuts. The other half needs to happen also, though, as we are so far in debt, we can't see past it!
Will Obama do these things? Who knows...only time will tell now.
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