A year ago, i broke my hatred for protesting and took to the streets to publicly state my disagreement with my government. My support for their decisions has not grown. I still don't understand what we're doing in Iraq and i'm tired of the propaganda. But, unlike last year, i didn't go to the streets. I find protests a bit frustrating because i don't feel as though i'm actually helping any cause and the supposed community goodness part of it tends to turn me against my fellow dissenters.
That said, it makes me sick to my stomach to hear of police violence against protestors. Worse, i'm absolutely horrified to read about how the government operates to outlaw dissent in this country [a *scary* must read article – use the day pass – it's worth it].
To cheer me up, a friend sent along a list of the marriage status of some of the biggest defenders of the sanctity of marriage (from The Daily Show):
Ronald Reagan — divorced the mother of two of his children to marry Nancy Reagan who bore him a daughter 7 months after the marriage.
Bob Dole — divorced the mother of his child, who had nursed him through the long recovery from his war wounds.
Newt Gingrich — divorced his wife who was dying of cancer.
Dick Armey, House Majority Leader — divorced.
Senator Phil Gramm of Texas — divorced.
Governor John Engler of Michigan — divorced.
Governor Pete Wilson of California — divorced.
George Will — divorced.
Senator Lauch Faircloth — divorced.
Rush Limbaugh — and his current wife, Marta, have six marriages and four divorces between them.
Senator Bob Barr of Georgia — not yet 50 years old, has been married three times. He had the audacity to author and push the “Defense of Marriage Act.” The current joke making the rounds on Capitol Hill is “Bob Barr — WHICH marriage are you defending?!?)
Senator Alf onse D'Amato of New York — divorced.
Senator John Warner of Virginia — once married to Liz Taylor.
Governor George Allen of Virginia — divorced.
Representative Helen Chenoweth of Idaho — divorced.
Senator John McCain of Arizona — divorced.
Representative John Kasich of Ohio — divorced.
Representative Susan Molinari of New York (Republican National Convention Keynote Speaker) — divorced.
The bottom line — “Don't let gays destroy marriage — that's the job of the Republicans!”
“If you really want to protect the institution of marraige, how about a constitutional amendment against adultery?”Ê – Jon Stewart
this is funny, but also very very true of american conservatives, they want others governed in ways they have not allowed themself to be governed by.