How's that for a radical notion? How does this work, you ask?
1. More gays and lesbians will be able to get married and enjoy the benefits thereof, including improved stability, health, and being able to properly care for their significant others. If people getting married benefits social stability as the fundies seem to argue, more marriages among more people means better social stability, right?
2. Gays and lesbians would have MUCH more freedom to be themselves. No more need for lying, distrust, deception in relationships. Gays and lesbians will be able to get married to their ideal (same-sex) partner instead of feeling the need to enter (sham) heterosexual marriages in order to maintain social acceptability, have children, etc., leaving fewer couples and their families traumatized by painful divorces after couples recognize futility of trying to make a mixed-orientation situation work. Instead, Gays and lesbians can focus on finding their ideal SAME-SEX partners and leave heterosexual men and women to pursue their own ideal OPPOSITE-SEX partners, which should, in theory, make everybody happier, right?
These were the first two things that popped into my head while thinking about this. Everybody here can feel free to add on to this list.
Foreign policy is, of course, a legitimate topic of debate in Presidential elections, however, I am VERY concerned about the way the "debate" over what to do in regards to Iran is unfolding and I am concerned about the prospect that decisions might be made in regards to Iran on the basis of political calculations made by Israeli leaders (and our own) and NOT what is really best for the country and, more importantly, the world.
as are all retiring (or retired) politicians and beltway pundits preaching the same real but seriously misguided lament about about the worse-than-usual hyper-partisanship and gridlock currently running rampant in Washington DC. If they were really genuine in their beliefs, IMHO they should really be rallying around President Barack Obama because (smears from certain Fox News "Democratic" pollsters aside notwithstanding), no politician in modern history has done more to attempt, sometimes painfully, to "walk the walk" in terms of genuinely seeking a bipartisan working relationship with politicians of all stripes than Barack Obama since he was elected in 2008, something that he has actually been preaching himself from a national stage since 2004 and that served as the essence of his campaign in 2008.
Since the Republicans have now finally tipped their hands and are now actively speaking out against birth control and pretty much all manner of family planning and individual reproductive freedom, the Republicans had better get busy coming up plan for the inevitable population explosion in this country if they manage to succeed in their efforts to dissuade and/or limit the use of modern family planning practices, as well as figuring out the means to provide intensive medical services to manage the inevitable rise of pregnancy-related complications, children with serious medical concerns, and foster care resources for unwanted children, especially those conceived under non-consensual situations.
In an address following his announcement his bid for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney minced no words and delivered some very harsh remarks about President Obama today, ultimately concluding that President Obama has “failed America” and that he (Romney) is the one that America really needs and should want for its next President. His litany of charges against President Obama seemed to be mostly right-wing drivel of the sort that continuously emanates from Fox (Republican) News Channel and his speech, not surprisingly included some pretty wild lies that apparently made fact-checking sites such as Politifact sit up and take notice. Republican politicians generally seem to be an especially dishonest group of people, so I expected little different from Mitt Romney as well. There are, of course, all kinds of shapes and sizes of lies and, although most of Romney’s comments during his address today were typical Fox News-inspired distortion and hyperbole, his contention that he and his fellow Republicans “wished him [Obama] well and hoped for the best” when he was elected President in 2008 was one of the most jaw-dropping statements I think I’ve heard in recent memory.
I have painful memories of the Clintons' efforts to reform health insurance back in 1993 and of the fierce and aggressive opposition and push back to the plan from within the GOP and the media that materialized and coalesced into a solid block of resistance pretty much immediately and, in the end, helped along by "Blue Dog" Dems, the Clinton reform initiative essentially went nowhere fast. I can't recall it being brought up for a final vote or if it even made it out of any committees. The important point being that, as admirable as their efforts were, health insurance reform just didn't go anywhere then or for the next 16 years since.