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rainlillie

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Gender: Female
Hometown: New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Earth
Member since: Sun Aug 28, 2005, 03:59 PM
Number of posts: 902

About Me

I think a lot of people get stuck in a certain mindset, they won't allow themselves to think outside of their party affiliation. I try not to do that, I'm all about what's fair, what's right and what's just. Liberals have to make it known that we are not the "anything goes" crowd. Yes, we believe in family and some of us even believe in God. We also believe in common decency and human rights for all people. Some of us believe that parents should have a say in the lives of their underage children. The perception of liberals has been twisted and distorted for far too long. Which is why those on the right use the term "liberal" like it's a four letter word. My mother is the type of liberal I would like to be. A God loving, family values, Pro choice, Pro-America, liberal.

Journal Archives

Hey MSM, Chris Hayes isn't the story..

Republicans voted against seven bills to help Veterans.
[link:http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/16/1091597/-GOP-Voted-Against-7-Bills-to-Help-Veterans-|

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"..in support of same sex marriage..

Words can not express how much I love the movie "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." This of course was one of the greatest performances captured on film. Spencer was sick during filming, so his emotions and Katherine's emotions are real. He and Katherine were very much in love and the look she gives him, when he is talking about her is priceless. You can see it in his eyes ...too beautiful!

I thought the monologue Spencer made at the end of the film.. which breaks my heart every time; can apply to the struggles that same sex couples are facing today. Just replace the racial issues with sexuality issues. If you get a chance, rent this film, you won't be disappointed. I've included the text and a clip of the scene below.

Spencer's monologue :

"Now Mr. Prentice, clearly a most reasonable man, says he has no wish to offend me but wants to know if I'm some kind of a *nut*. And Mrs. Prentice says that like her husband I'm a burned-out old shell of a man who cannot even remember what it's like to love a woman the way her son loves my daughter. And strange as it seems, that's the first statement made to me all day with which I am prepared to take issue... cause I think you're wrong, you're as wrong as you can be. I admit that I hadn't considered it, hadn't even thought about it, but I know exactly how he feels about her and there is nothing, absolutely nothing that you son feels for my daughter that I didn't feel for Christina. Old- yes. Burned-out- certainly, but I can tell you the memories are still there- clear, intact, indestructible, and they'll be there if I live to be 110. Where John made his mistake I think was in attaching so much importance to what her mother and I might think... because in the final analysis it doesn't matter a damn what we think.

The only thing that matters is what they feel, and how much they feel, for each other. And if it's half of what we felt- that's everything. As for you two and the problems you're going to have, they seem almost unimaginable, but you'll have no problem with me, and I think when Christina and I and your mother have some time to work on him you'll have no problem with your father, John. But you do know, I'm sure you know, what you're up against. There'll be 100 million people right here in this country who will be shocked and offended and appalled and the two of you will just have to ride that out, maybe every day for the rest of your lives.

You could try to ignore those people, or you could feel sorry for them and for their prejudice and their bigotry and their blind hatred and stupid fears, but where necessary you'll just have to cling tight to each other and say "screw all those people"! Anybody could make a case, a hell of a good case, against your getting married. The arguments are so obvious that nobody has to make them. But you're two wonderful people who happened to fall in love and happened to have a pigmentation problem, and I think that now, no matter what kind of a case some bastard could make against your getting married, there would be only one thing worse, and that would be if - knowing what you two are and knowing what you two have and knowing what you two feel- you didn't get married. Well, Tillie, when the hell are we gonna get some dinner?"

What President Obama has done for the LGBT community, thus far..

Actions speak louder than words. Obama has done more for the LGBT community than any other President. Of course there's more to do, but as the sister of a lesbian, I know Obama is going to work for her and with her. The republicans on the other hand, are going to work against her and for people who believe that everyone should live by their moral code and religious beliefs.

So let's not get worked up because the President won't use the language we'd like him to use. Cheney and a few of the Bush officials stated that they supported same sex marriage, all the while they supported anti- gay and lesbian legislation. Their actions didn't match their words. I too would like the President to publicly say: he supports marriage equality, BUT I'll be patient as long as he continues to sign bills and advocate for causes that are beneficial to the LGBT community. Listen, there's too much at stake to sit this election out.. It's not just about this one issue, it's about the elderly, poor, women, the disabled and the make up of the Supreme Court. Romney has donated to organizations that are anti- gay and lesbian, he also supports the Ryan budget; that will cause great hardship to all of the folks I've mentioned.

We have to keep our eyes on the prize, and not only fight to get this President re-elected, but fight to change the make up of Congress. Let's not push to be pacified short-term, we must look for the long -term solutions. Let's not let the likes of Rove and his cohorts divide us, let's stick together and continue to fight.

Here's a reminder of all the things President Obama has done for the LGBT community.

"Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, expanding federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Signed the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a comprehensive overhaul of America’s health care system that will hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee greater patient choice, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans; LGBT Americans are disproportionately uninsured, and this law will provide access to affordable coverage and protection from insurance companies that deny coverage for pre-exisLting conditions.

Lifted the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States based on HIV status

Ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to guarantee medical decision making and visitation rights to LGBT couples

Expanded the Family Medical Leave Act to ensure that LGBT parents and partners can take leave from work to care for their child, parent, or spouse—a right afforded to any other family."

Read the entire list here:[link: http://www.democrats.org/people/lgbt_community/lgbt_equality_accomplishments_of_the_obama_administration|
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