Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The Utah Senator’s Stance on Homosexuality

Take Action: Stop Hateful Lies from Utah Lawmaker. No comments. They say it with more, er, diplomacy than me.

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Sarah Palin and Hunting

Among the many, many, many, many people who oppose Sarah Palin (and are quite right to), there is a lot that uses the fact that she supports hunting and has herself hunted for animals as a reason to dislike her.

Now I only hope you will read carefully what I’m about to write, and not just the first part of the first sentence, because if that’s what you do, you’re missing my whole point.

I am not opposed to hunting, provided it is for nutrition purpose (i.e. eat the meat) and that the animal is not part of an endangered species. So I will not call Palin a demon because she “eats moose”, but I will speak against her for a few reasons in regards to her hunting practices, and those she supports:

  1. “What you mean “endangered species”? In the Bible, God says animals are ours to kill freely”. Well, too bad for you, lady, because whatever your God told you, the fact remains that some animals are endangered. And guess what? These animals are usually endangered because of humans. Humans hunting them (for their fur, for their “front legs” – what the fuck do you do with wolf front legs? -, for their liver or for whatever else humans fancy in them) and humans destroying their natural habitat to get resources. You know, stuff like oil.
  2. Of the animals Palin has shown to be “good to kill” are some that humans don’t eat. You take off their fur and sell it at ridiculously high prices, or use it as a carpet. I would never be able to walk around my apartment and see a bear on the floor, personally. Wolves? Nobody eats that. Humans have no reason to kill wolves beside selfish profit.
  3. The third one is what irks me the most. As governor of Alaska, Palin wanted to pay hunters for their kills. It is not the government’s job to pay anyone for their hunting. When my uncles go hunting, they do it for their entertainment and because it tastes good. They are not doing a service to the state, therefore the state has no reason to pay them back. Even wolves do not pose a serious threat to human beings. We have no reason to kill them, least of all to encourage their killing by a government program.

Darfur

This morning, I was thinking of various things in relation to my plan to dominate save the world. I remembered my geography teacher telling us about Darfur. And then it occurred to me. Geography. That was over 3 years ago. It has been so fucking long. I’d say “pardon the expression” but, really, a few hundred of “fuckings” are nothing compared to the scale of this.

It started in February 2003 (well, officially. Wars don’t start suddenly with a bang, there is much going on behind the scenes, but this is the date you’ll find if you do a bit of research). And we are doing nothing. My southern neighbors, the United States, are making war a bit further in the east. During these five years (almost six by now), they have spent billions upon billions in this war. Other countries have sent troops, either to help in the war or for “humanitarian purposes”.

Government officials are spouting words like “freedom”, “democracy” and “our values” when they are justifying their actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries of Middle East. How about Sudan? Why would anyone give a shit about Sudan?

Sudan doesn’t have enough oil for us. The USA even put an embargo on Sudan (before the conflict).

You know what? This makes me sick. It makes me sick that no one does anything, it makes me sick that some even cite international laws to say we can’t intervene. This is a sick world. And, to make matters worse, I’m not even sure Obama will win the elections, and I highly doubt that McCain has any intention of doing anything about Darfur. If he did, anyway, it would surely involve bombs and result in an even bigger economical crisis in a couple of years from now.

As for Palin, she probably couldn’t locate Sudan on a map.

A Question of Principle

This is the entry I’ve been delaying for some time.

I will here be discussing something that will bring the topic of…politics. On MY blog? Yes. Usually, my political comments are limited to “Those bastards want to outlaw [insert sexuality related thing here]!”, but today I will speak of voters. You know, those people who choose their leaders carelessly? Yeah, those.

Naturally, there are people out there who choose who to vote for based on actual thought. They will listen or read what the person has to say and choose who is most appropriate for them to vote for. Others, however, don’t put so much thought into it. And this brings me to an attitude that annoys me to no end.

“I will vote for [insert candidate or party name here] because [he is/they are] the one who will win anyway.”

*chokes on food*

*glares*

If that’s how you choose who you’re going to vote for, then I will gladly tear up your voting bulletin. Well, unless you just happen to have voted for whoever I think should win, naturally. 😉

Let’s take a quick look at the election system of Canada (and of its province of Quebec, naturally). The country is divided into hundreds of areas. In each area, there are candidates trying to win. The candidates can represent a party (the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, etc.) or be independent.

People vote for these individuals, not directly for the party. Of course, you usually make your choice based on the party represented by the person. Whoever has the most votes wins. Afterwards, the amount of deputies elected for each party is counted for the whole country. The leading party is the one with the highest number of elected deputies. The official opposition is the one with the second highest number, and then come the rest of the parties.

Everyone who has been elected can occupy a seat during political debates, even if the person is the only member of his or her party to have been elected. That person can then take a part in these debates, vote when needed and so on.

Where am I going with this? Let’s say that I know that polls are giving favor to the Conservative Party (ew). Let’s say a very high percentage of people say they will vote for that party. Now, from the “ew” and various statements I have made across this blog and the rest of the web, you might know that, while I don’t have a very strong attachment to any Canadian party, I am certainly not going to vote for the Conservative Party. Their winning is the last thing I want. Yet, let’s suppose that I just know they will win. What do I do?

One thing is sure, I will not say the quote I stated earlier and I will certainly not follow it. The Conservative Party stands for principles I despise. So what do I do? Well, quite naturally, I vote for another party (or, more accurately, for someone not belonging to their party). But…but… I know they will win? Well, screw that! I do not stand for their principles, I disagree with lots of their goals and ideas, and they disagree with basic elements of my lifestyle, such as lesbian porn.

As I vote for someone else, I am doing two things at once. First, I am making a tiny little move that could make someone not from their party be elected, perhaps even leading to another party winning, thanks to everyone else who is not going to vote for that party. Yes, it’s just one vote, but if everyone thinks that, we’re in a bad situation.

Second, I am standing up for myself. I’m not going out of there feeling like a sheep and I’m not contributing to the Fame & Glory of people I disagree with.

As I said before, we cannot all think “well, I just count for one vote”. Sure, you count for a single vote, but if we all start thinking that, we are not standing up for ourselves, and doing so is important. When a nation doesn’t stand up for itself, it ends up with representatives that don’t actually represent it! And what happens then? We are unsatisfied with whoever is leading our country, and that is so not cool.

So, people, think up a bit about your beliefs and opinions, and stand up. That way, you will be cool too.