Daily Archives: February 4, 2010
For another view of McCain’s idiocy, a brilliant view, check out Doug’s blog, running2Nowhere HERE. He does an amazing job dissecting McCain and his flaws in this issue.
I think: Me? Public office?
Then I think: Me? Liberal Homosexual, Pro-Choice, Anti-death penalty? In South Carolina?
Yeah, not gonna happen.
Then I hear about people like the Youngs, Andrew and Cheri. He’s kinda nebbishly hot, or nerdly lukewarm; she’s kinda uptight Stepford wife-ish. You’ve heard of them no doubt? He’s the one who pretended to be John Edwards’ mistress’s baby daddy, even though he was already married and the father of three. He even took a chunk of John Edwards considerable wealth for announcing to the world that he had cheated on his wife and fathered a child–something, by the way, that it took John Edwards years to do.
But the Youngs are all over TV now, promoting Andy’s book, The Politician, in which he basically trashes both John and Elizabeth Edwards, while painting himself and his wife as the proverbial “good people.”
Um, Andy? You announced to the world that you cheated on your wife and fathered a child. Not exactly “good people,” my friend. And, um, Andy, you took a healthy paycheck from the real baby-daddy for your lie; again, not “good people”. And you say you did it because you loved John and Elizabeth Edwards and, oh yeah, you hoped that John would become president and you might get some cushy cabinet post or ambassador-ship for your lie. Not.Good.People.
And, Cheri, honey? You don’t come off so sweet either. I mean, you knew about the affair and kept it from your friend. You knew about the baby and kept it from your friend. You moved the mistress into your own home so she could hide her pregnancy and never told your friend.
Yeah, you’re “good people” all right.
And then we have that other adulterer, Appalachian-Trail-hiking-Argentinean-woman-mounting-impeach-Clinton-because-he-cheated, Mark Sanford. And the lovely Jenny.
Jenny has a book, too; it’s called Staying True. In it, the lovely Jenny With The Coal Black Heart, says that Marky asked her for advice on how to handle the media when word got out that he was schtupping a South American woman. He asked her if she thought he should follow his heart to Argentina and live forever with his soul mate. She does write that she wished he’d kept those thoughts to himself, but she heard him say the words and she stayed.
Jenny Sanford discovered the affair back in January 2009 when she “happened” across a letter Marky had written to the mistress. She says she felt “gut-punched all over again” but she had to have known something was up when she was going through his papers in his desk. But then she learned of other, ahem, dalliances with other women when Marky gave an interview to the Associated Press.
The lovely Jenny says that Marky had admitted just the one affair up until that point, but now that the news was out, he wanted her advice on how to handle it. She doesn’t write about any advice she gave him; but she stayed.
And the lovely Jenny also talks of the days after the affair story broke, and how she had her attorney draw up a contract under which she would not reveal the affair if her husband would stop seeing his mistress. She writes that the governor refused, but she stayed.
This is politics in America, people. A dirty business.
People lying about having affairs they never had, and people having affairs and then lying about them. People using the immorality of others to further their own political agenda, either for money or power; people using their friendship and trust of others to ask then to put their own lives, and marriages, and families, at risk; people who seeks to put their marriage into a contract of what they will and will not say, in exchange for a little fidelity.
Yeah, I loves me some politics, but I don’t love many politicians, or their spouses.
Democrat or Republican.
It isn’t about service for people like the Edwards and the Youngs and the Sanfords, and others, it’s about greed and power, and living a life not being held accountable for your actions. Now, I’m not saying that all politicians are corrupt or immoral or just plain stupid, but the percentages do seem to get higher when you run for office.
So, I’ll stick to writing about politics, and keep my sense of self-worth, my ethics and my morality close to home.
>I received this email last night from Senator Richard Madaleno of Maryland:
The twelve votes to kill the bill (votes FOR equal recognition of same-sex marriages) were cast by Democratic Delegates Samuel Rosenberg, Jeff Waldstreicher, Kathleen Dumais, Susan Lee, Jill Carter, Todd Schuler, Victor Ramirez, Benjamin Kramer, Kris Valderrama, Frank Conaway, Curt Anderson and Luiz Simmons.
Those voting against marriage recognition were Delegates Kevin Kelly (D-Cumberland) and Gerron Levi (D-Bowie), with the remaining “nay” votes cast by Republican Delegates J.B. Jennings, Don Dwyer, Susan McComas, Michael Smigiel, Tony McConkey and William Frank.
Two members did not vote including one, Delegate Ben Barnes (D-College Park), the lead sponsor of the Marriage Equality bill, who had a scheduling conflict. Thus, this vote demonstrates that we have 13 solid votes for equality on this key committee. I was also very pleased that my District 18 colleague on the committee, Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher, was a leader in the effort to kill this bill.
However I am concerned that the fight on out-of-state marriage recognition is far from over. We are still awaiting the Attorney General’s opinion. Should it be favorable, I am certain that our opponents will pull every trick they can think of to get the DOMA back into the picture. We will need to keep up the pressure to make sure that every attempt to bring up the DOMA is resisted.
You can help do your part by attending Equality Maryland’s Lobby Day in Annapolis this Monday, February 8 and letting your legislators know that you expect them to vote against any motion that would undo the Attorney General’s hopefully positive decision.
Along with ten of my colleagues, I submitted today the gender identity antidiscrimination bill which will be formally introduced on Friday. The rally will also focus on support for this important and long-overdue measure.
Thank you for your continued commitment to equality.