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Practice What You Preach

I now have an opportunity to practice what it is I preach.  After being selected for a fellowship/internship for the Obama campaign I am now able to actually do something and perhaps receive some measurable success in counteracting the negative effects of Citizens v United. I am glad to finally have the opportunity to put my beliefs into practice. Stay tuned people!

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Obama’s Got Bernie’s Back:

Obama Threw His Weight Behind This:

Although President Obama’s stance on this matter is not unbiased;
 He is about to become the first sitting president to be outspent by the opposition candidate during a presidential election campaign,
I still applaud him for taking a public stance on Citizens United.  The current election is will serve as a prime example to the nation the powerful impact that a few wealthy individual’s  and corporations can have on election cycle through exorbitantly large contributions made through Super PAC‘s.
Voicing his support for Bernie Sanders constitutional amendment, aiming to repeal the faulty Supreme Court decision that limited the campaign contributions of corporations impeded their right to free speech.  If Citizens v. United  is allowed to stand as is, it will open the floodgates to shady campaign contributions from the wealthy who have more capacity to donate than most of us combined, destroying Democracy in the process.
What happens in this campaign will serve as a reference point  for future elections.  If dumping massive amounts of money into the elections has effective results, then this is just the beginning.  We must act collectively, temporarily setting aside party differences to act in unison in stating we wish to continue to govern ourselves. Not allowing corporations to pump limitless amounts of money into these elections, making politicians puppets in the process.
The time to do something is now, without decisive action we should all get used to asking ourselves these questions;
Just How Much Does It Cost To Buy An Election?
or this one;
What About An  Entire Democracy?

What Can We Do? We Can Speak UP!

The opportunity is ours to send a very strong message to corporations and the uuber  rich, who would like to mislead, or deceive us into making uninformed decisions; acting in their best interests and not our own.
Either urge your congressional representation to get on board with the president and Senator Sanders, or vote for the under dog, in the upcoming election.  BETTER YET, ignore the televised ad campaigns altogether and look into the issues that are important to you to make up your own mind about the matter.
We can not allow this to happen while we stand idly by.
We must send the message:
we must send it LOUD and CLEAR.

Money Can’t Buy Everything:

Our government is NOT FOR SALE, at any price.
We must show those who would put a price tag on Democracy that we will not allow ourselves to be bought and sold like commodities. As they did the airwaves, through their enormous campaign contributions.
Politicians are not stock options, to be sold in auctions, to the highest bidder.
We are not at War with each other;
YET
Elections are used as propaganda machines,
dropping leaflets over enemy territory
Indoctrinated by TV
If we send the message in this upcoming election that it doesn’t matter if your campaign had more money, and advertisements or commercials, we are going to make up our own minds.  If Mitt Romney wins it will be a dangerous precedent being set…Just pump enough money into any political election, or anything else and you can win.  It doesn’t really matter who you run as candidate….so long as you raise the most money.

We must have an impassioned defense of our democratic principles;

of the people,
by the people,
for the people,
and the public interest again?
or
It Will Become A descent into the Matrix;
       humans eventually being enslaved by their own creations.
Are we to hand the keys to these imaginary beings fueled by greed,
our very own creations?
Will we allow this nation of people
to be governed in the interest of soulless corporations?
If so, we guarantee a permanent break from the rule of man;
Our nation’s  policies no longer drafted,
repealed, and otherwise crafted for the benefit of the ordinary citizen.
It will be the interests of the few,
Those with money and power,
that own the airwaves, and the politicians, not the ordinary citizens.
with the interests of large, powerful multi-national corporations with whom we now placate.
If only we would appease them more, they might in fact bring the jobs home that they had shipped overseas;
or actually become those “job creators” for the average person.
It is up to us, and only us; as voting citizens, to show these corporations that our future, and our elections, our politicians and our minds cannot be bought so easily.
This is not a weight we can lay upon the shoulders of others, the responsibility is all of ours.
The burden will be great
BUT
If we can stave off this relentlessly overpowering attack on free speech
We may support our nations grand ideals;
narrowly missing a decent into cannibalism
which is threatened now.
Fair and free elections,
Taking a holistic approach to governing the nation
 in the interests of actual citizens not imaginary ones,
the ones who pay their taxes without calling it as success tax;
or funneling threw off shore bank accounts.
Here is a link to Bernie Sanders home page, please let him know that you support President Obama and him to amend the constitution rectifying the Citizens decision.
Here is a link to find the actual proposed amendment.

Overheard on CNN.com: Will Obama’s same-sex marriage support help or hurt him?

Barry

It really makes me sad to see many of the responses relating to this decision. We all have the right to agree or disagree with the President coming out in favor of gay marriage, that is the beauty of our system. If you disagree with it, you know who to vote for, the Waffle King himself, Mitt Romney.

What’s not OK is for closed minded and just generally negative people to sit here and drag religion into this political decision; Please, stop me if I’m wrong but, didn’t the people they teach us about in history class come here fleeing religious persecution? Is the right to practice your own religion as you so choose not written into the very fibers of our nation? Even going beyond a discussion of “GOD” being somewhere it has no business being (politics), why are the people who are most vocal about it typically the most racist, sexist, homophobic?…(and usually hypocritical a certain bathroom stall and excessively wide stance come to mind).

Why is religion, which is SUPPOSED to be about bringing people together, in shared worship of a higher being as they can agree on it/him/her right? Why then, is religion spending so much time and energy, not to mention money, on keeping people apart? Didn’t Jesus preach a gospel of love and forgiveness, is that not why you almost have to whisper mention of his name out of reverence? Did he only love straight people?  NEWSFLASH PEOPLE homosexuality has been around since people learned to group together, it actually served as a form population control in some native american societies with people becoming eunuchs so you wouldn’t outgrow your resources. But that was before we said to hell with the being part of the ecosystem thing…(no pun intended). I mean your hero himself had a club full of guys, who then wrote books about him…glowingly almost…like a lover……

Im not saying that its true, but its possible, especially considering the social mores of the time period in question.  But that must be out of the question, because it just wouldn’t jive with the message they’ve twisted from him, right? if Jesus is basically a deity to religious people, being the son of god and all, or whatever it is they believe;  how would he feel about his name being used in vain? I’m pretty sure that the peace-loving, sin forgiving, cross bearing J man himself wouldn’t really appreciate the whole perverting his message to persecute any given population thing, but I obviously am no expert in that realm; religion; I don’t have enough HATE to apparently.

The thing that really ticks me off about the situation is this;
For the most part, chances are that every one of you out there not only knows someone who is gay, but you probably care about them a lot. Maybe its a childhood friend, or a family member; in the case of the most outspoken critics; maybe its you. Why then is it so easy for you to remove their face from this debate for yourself? Why is it ok for you to say that somehow you are better than them or deserve more than them? Because you put your peepee in the whoowho? If that’s the case, I’m sure you could ask most women out there and they’d tell you that you’re probably overestimating your abilities….just a bit…

I know that I have several family members who are gay. Personally, I grew up around it and it was never really that big a deal to me why I had two aunts (meaning my aunt by blood and her partner).  Nor did i question why my uncle never had a girlfriend, or blame him for why he was taken away so early by something so cruel as HIV/AIDS. You want to know why? Because they’re genuinely amazing people and I love them, sure sometimes they may upset me but it’s not because their choice to be with each other or because they’re gay, it’s because they’re family. They will always be my family and honestly Im proud to be related to them. Having said this, how can people justify going against their own family members right to wed their partner legally such as the case of Gingrich or more despicable yet Dick Cheney.  It makes me think either they are the most opposite of Christian or religious in any sense; or they don’t believe the very trash they fan the political flames with.  Which is worse?  I wonder how that Christmas dinner went…

AWKWARD

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States.
Dick (emphasis on the DICK) Cheney, Vice President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are we truly that miserable of a society that we generally have to fight equality, justice and decency and tear other people down at each chance we get? Are we so unhappy that we would contest this act which should hold no importance to anyone other than the parties involved? Why do the people most appalled by the act of “gayness” spend the most time thinking about it? I think they think about being gay more than gay people do,

now think about that…..

President Obama did something courageous yesterday, nothing really to gain in terms of the electoral politics and everything to lose, yet he did it anyways. It was the right thing to do… On behalf of my family and everyone else who cares about someone who just happens to be gay…

THANK YOU

This Just In

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

President Barack Obama had said he was “evolving” in terms of his position on same-sex marriage, but then he said Wednesday that he in fact supports it. There was plenty of discussion on Tuesday as North Carolina headed to the polls, and the issue continued to gain steam. There are different views on the consequences of such a move. If you have an opinion, share your views via CNN iReport.

Writer Charles Kaiser asserts that Obama has made an important statement.

Gay marriage support: Obama’s most courageous move

We’ve received a number of iReport video responses to this development.

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