An open letter, and a promise, to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

Governor McDonnell, you have the power to stop this atrocity.   The government of Virginia is poised to retrogress to a patronizing, sanctimonious mass of social laws designed to step on women.

I urge you in the strongest possible terms to reject in whatever form the “personhood” bill and the “ultrasound” bill reach you.  Reject them outright.

I am so repulsed by the ideas espoused in these bills that I will make a promise.

I will promise, should these bills pass with or without your signature, that I will not cast a vote for a Republican in Virginia until they are repealed.  Nor will I cast a vote in a national election for any ticket with which your name or your endorsement is affiliated.

I will do what I can to get other women and others who value individual freedom to join me.

Support your children

So, I’m keeping half an eye on the “path to citizenship” proposals being considered again.  I call them the “let’s reward criminal behavior” proposals.  In case it’s not clear, I am fully supportive of immigration — legal immigration — such as that my great grandparents and others of their ilk practiced.   I support nothing that ignores the fact that many people’s first action on American soil is  law-breaking.

I see many arguments for allowing those who were brought here as children, having no say in the matter, a path to citizenship.  I understand the argument that it is unfair to children that they be labeled as “illegal” as they didn’t choose — they did what their parents directed.

No dice.  The question should be addressed to the children.  Particularly to those in high school, or who want to go to college in the US.  Maybe an essay contest.   Describe why your parents would choose to raise you in a country where you have no legal rights.   You may address the issue from any angle you choose.  Did they not want you educated?  Do they not want you to vote?  Are they trying to teach that you can get something for nothing?  Why would they do this to you?

The arguments that “it’s for the children” ignores the fact that the parents — those biological units who are responsible for a child’s welfare — have elected to model illegal behavior as the norm.  We should be deploring the fate of these children with parents so unconcerned.

And we should be asking their home countries to take them back until they can model the right lessons.

I guess he doesn’t know the word “hypocrite”

Ken Cuccinelli.

You know, the guy who’s been running for AG in Virginia for longer than Terry McAuliffe has wanted to run for Pope.

Yeah. That guy.

Who started a “don’t tread on me campaign” … forgetting that “don’t tread on me” means leave me the hell alone. From the same man who thinks “choose life” is the only choice, forgetting to take in to account that he has no say in someone else’s moral choices, that he would deny women choice of a perfectly legal medical procedure (good stance for an AG, eh?), and that “Don’t tread on me” means mind your own flipping business.

The same man who led the fight to deny two perfectly rational adults the right to marry.  Who still insists they have no right to marry – because they don’t fit into his idea of what love and marriage might mean.  Who forgot that “Don’t tread on me” means mind your own flipping business.

Ken … don’t tread on me.  Get out.

Well, at least he did what few others have been able to do — seriously consider making me actively support a Democrat.  Attorney General is a position where legal skills and clarity of thought should be significantly more important than ideological extremism, and so far he has campaigned on his priorities to target lawbreakers, while  Cuccinelli has gone negative and stressed ideology.  I’ll be watching Shannon closely, but so far he seems the more honorable man.

Bad for the kids????

The Golden Compass, a movie due out soon, is taking a lot of flack from “religious” sources – churches and pastors, primarily – notably Catholic, but also other Christians.

The Catholic League has called for a boycott of the film. They believe that it will encourage children to read the series, which League president William A. Donohue says “denigrates Christianity” and promotes “atheism for kids”.

Please explain.

What is the difference between promoting Christianity for kids and promoting atheism for kids? Both are belief systems. Both are more often passed on by parents, who brainwash their kids into believing one thing or another. Children younger than tweens aren’t likely to question the book anyway – and my cynical self says few children older than that understand reading a good book. Everything they know comes from YouTube and movies. (Yes, I know…overgeneralization.)

Why is it okay to promote Christianity for kids, or even Islam, or Buddhism, or Judaism, but not Wicca, or atheism? What’s the difference?

Published in: on November 1, 2007 at 10:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Just touching base

I was in Texas for a week, with no computer.  I guess I have to get that laptop I don’t want.

On the up side – saw family and LOTS of people I haven’t seen in years.  Feel confident about the job and the trip.

A bumper sticker and a T-shirt caught my eyes….

Sticker:   Democracy, not theocracy!

T-shirt:  Al Gore didn’t invent the internet, but he sure made up global warming.

Published in: on September 29, 2007 at 11:24 pm  Leave a Comment