When my dad turned to me last night and demanded to know Obama's immigration policies, I was dismayed to realize I didn't exactly know the answer. So, in the interest of being able to shoot Obama facts at him (and any other Obama detractors I come across) I spent a couple of hours tonight reading up on the issues.
Eventually I stumbled upon this spreadsheet
detailing the differences in Obama and McCain's views regarding LGBT issues. I got about halfway through it before I started crying, and by the end I was completely wracked with sobs.
Yeah. Over a FUCKING PDF SPREADSHEET.
On one side of the page is a man who will be a champion for those treated as second class citizens, protecting the equal rights guaranteed to them by our Constitution. Who won't ask the brave men and women who die in the name of our country to go to their graves in hiding because they're an "intolerable risk" to troop morale. Who will in every way endeavor to complete the work begun by great civil rights leaders of the past.
On the other side of the page is a man that fears people who are different and will do anything -- even promising to add an UNCONSTITUTIONAL amendment to the fucking Constitution -- to ensure they're kept in place. Who doesn't care that it's still legal in a lot of places for them to be fired if they're found out. Who doesn't mind if they're brutalized or even killed for being who they are.
None of this information was shocking. But still, seeing it all laid out like that complete with voting record facts and quotes, I just fell apart.
I'm heartbroken. I'm outraged. I'm confused.
How are there so many people who still find this sort of mentality acceptable? I can sort of
understand wanting to protect the sanctity of marriage, if there is such a thing as sanctity in this age of Vegas weddings and quickie divorces, but NOT WANTING TO PROTECT PEOPLE AGAINST HA
TE CRIMES? Just... HOW? My brain threatens to liquefy when I try to comprehend this.
I'm making a resolution right now. I have hardly any money at the moment, but every cent I can spare is going to support the final stretch of Obama's campaign. And I'm going to call Tucson for Obama to see about volunteering.MCCAIN, I'M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO TURN YOUR HOME STATE BLUE ON ELECTION DAY YOU BLOATED, BIGGOTED PIECE OF SHIT.