There is a meme going around on Facebook right now where Texas Governor Greg Abbot is quoted:
“Marriage is defined by God, no man can redefine it.”
Then it shows the three women Supreme Court Judges and below their picture it says: I Am No Man.
I loved it. I wrote below it on my Facebook page:
I couldn’t help post this. It made me laugh thinking how certain heads would explode. As a straight white male maybe you think I shouldn’t be laughing. But after centuries of war, environmental destruction, and economic injustice (just for starters!), I figure it’s time to let some other people drive. We have three women on the Supreme Court and a black president and we got affordable healthcare and tolerance that just a few years ago seemed a dream.
I don’t usually like to post those memes on Facebook, but sometimes you have to break your own rules. But anyway, it made me think of my voting system that I use if I am not sure of who to vote for. Let’s just be honest, sometimes you go to the polls in those off years and you just don’t know all the races. So you have to have a system. So here is mine (I will explain after):
1. If there are different parties I select the most liberal party.
2. If there are not different parties I will vote for a woman over a man.
3. If the candidates are all one sex, then I try to see if one of the candidates has a name that looks like a minority name. If so I vote for the minority.
4. If the only name present is a white Republican male, then I write in a candidate.
5. If there is no one that I can think of that is breathing to hold an office other than a white Republican male, I then write in a fictional character.
Basically, in my opinion, George W. Bush doomed white Republican males until the end of time. The Republican party, which was the party of my grandfather, and used to feature sensible moderates at times, spent the years between Reagan and W. driving all moderates out of positions of power in the party. (I know many of you are still out there in the wilderness. Stay strong!) Somehow this thinning of the moderate heard reached light speed under George W. Now that party’s leadership seems to be left without any candidates that aren’t anti-science, religious freak, free market fundamentalists.
It’s not that I think that all liberals, women, and minorities are great. Not by a long shot. It’s only that I am willing to bet they will be better than the WRM alternative.
In life the driving forces should be love, tolerance, and peace. I don’t mean that in the kind of utopian sense than many on the right would call, “hippie bullshit.” I just mean that we should strive to be tolerant of those individuals who are born differently from us and that as a society we should only use violence as a last resort. As much as I would like to believe otherwise, if you put Hitler at one end of the human spectrum and Martin Luther King Jr. at the other, I would probably be somewhere in the middle. But I’m trying. It’s striving to be loving, tolerant, and peaceful that is important. Many of us will trip along the way, but we must get up and try harder.
I feel like more often than not, those that have struggled have more empathy for other people that are struggling. Unfortunately, right now, in our society, on average, women and minorities have more roadblocks in their path than white men do, despite whatever bullshit Fox News tries to sell you. (You will see all kinds of “traditional values under attack” over at Fox News after the gay marriage vote. Fox News viewers will be made to feel like victims, again. Please, gay people are just being allowed to marry someone they love, not being given free mansions.) There is no promise that any kind of person is going to be loving, tolerant, or kind, but again, I’m playing the odds at the voting booth on occasion. If you’ve been shit on by the system, the odds are you are going to extend a hand to others that have faced similar problems. And that’s what this whole life thing is about, making sure that as many of our brothers and sisters get a fair shake as possible.
Now granted, occasionally my system could vote in Clarence Thomas in a whig, but whoever said life was without its risks?