"No life is trivial in God’s eyes. The fact is — who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t live successful lives?"
That’s Texas Governor — and former presidential hopeful — Rick Perry, explaining how valuable every life is. He went on to say:
In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman; she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.
After declaring how much value he (and God) place on every single human life, he presided over the 261st execution of his tenure as governor (more than half of the 500 executions carried out by Texas since 1976). Perry thinks every life matters, except the lives of the people he’s condemned to death … because he’s convinced (without really looking into it) that all of those people are guilty of murder (which means their lives aren’t valuable at all).
(Source: thehill.com, via kohenari)
"No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country."
— President Franklin Roosevelt (via azspot)
So as everyone has heard (even internationally — oh the shame), Amendment One passed in North Carolina today by an astounding majority, even higher than predicted. However, I am very pleased to report that it failed failed FAILED in Mecklenburg County. So there’s that? I can be proud of our efforts here in the Charlotte area and know that we did our best. And yes, a 27.45% turnout is fantastic for a primary! As sad as that sounds. We’re obviously not France.
Here’s what I think one of the main problems was: people didn’t understand the full consequences of it and/or couldn’t see past the media and proponent’s constant framing of it as a gay marriage issue. That is, unfortunately, already illegal in the state, and this went so much farther that I don’t see how it would ever hold up against the 14th Amendment. I would love an unmarried, long-term committed heterosexual couple with 2.5 kids to take it to the Supreme Court and have it blasted into oblivion for how atrocious for everyone it really is. But we tried, oh we tried, to get people to listen to reason and it paid off! Just…Mecklenburg County isn’t enough in and of itself.
In addition, I’ve had an actual paid job on a campaign for county commissioner for the last 3 weeks. He didn’t win today so I’m again unemployed. But hey, that’s 3 weeks of income I didn’t have before and 3 weeks of invaluable experience teaching me that I NEVER WANT TO RUN FOR OFFICE. But if anyone needs a campaign assistant (*cough* manager), give me a call.
Okay, so my job isn’t actually over. There are yard signs all over the county I have to help pick up and thank yous for contributions to be done and campaign finance reports to finalize and a long list I don’t want to think about.
But tomorrow I get to sleep in. Boss said so.