1. There is another side to living less than two miles away from Dr. King's church that hasn't been mentioned on any of the blogs I read yet. There's the side that mourned last Wednesday - that wore black and talked about how afraid they were of an Obama presidency. One of my mom's colleagues was in the first class to integrate the high school where she now teaches. Wednesday morning, as she and my mother (who did not vote for Obama, by the way, but has enough sense of history to appreciate the moment all the same) hugged and cried in the hallway, other teachers and students openly expressed their fear and anger that he had won, and that the two teachers were celebrating. As she told me the story, I yelled in my head, My children will not learn in that environment! I will not let them think racism is an acceptable reality! But even as I said it I knew those students are only reflecting their parents' views, and my outrage ensures my children's, at least for a while. Brian and my mom both have been met with blank stares when they talk about freedom and oppression, and the inability to appreciate the larger moment, beyond the immediate political ramifications, astounds me.
2. Proposition 8 does not affect me. I'm already married, and my state is really not ready for a serious discussion of civil rights for all Americans. So I have stayed away from the discussion of it, because it feels like anything else would just be picking a fight. But can I just say this one thing? The glory of America is in its freedom. Freedom to be wrong, freedom to be irritating, freedom to be as selfish or as selfless as one chooses. The FEAR of equal rights is neither an American nor a Christian value. The fear of a church being mandated by the government to do anything is unfounded. Already many denominations refuse to hire women as clergy, or to recognize divorced ministers; that would be illegal in another context, but it isn't in churches. So keeping any group of people from freedom does not protect your own. People like Mary can speak to the law (and I hope she will), but the arguments against civil rights just don't make sense. Also, let's dispel of a phrase, please. "Radical homosexual agenda." Radical? Every gay person I know just wants to be left alone. They want to live their lives, that's all. There's no agenda, and there's certainly no "radical" agenda (what does that mean, anyway? It makes me think of an agenda with dreadlocks hanging out with Susan Sarandon). That's all.
3. On a completely unpolitical note - I have to go to this training tomorrow. I'm signed up to do contract work in my field but have not once been called to take on a client since signing up two years ago. It irritates me to no end to think about spending my day with them, knowing they HAVEN'T CALLED, but I also know they will never call if I don't go spend my day with them. Don't they know I have turkeys to color and diapers to change? Alas.
4. My friends with two kids tell me their kids never wake one another up. But I'm pretty sure mine do - if one is awake at 2 am, 4 times out of 5 the other will be, too. Last night at 2:30 the entire house was awake, and Brian felt sick. I started thinking, is there a carbon monoxide leak or something? I don't think so, though - just not a good sleeping night. I hope tonight will be better.
Okay, I think I'm done. Back to less persnickety posts tomorrow.
No, I forgot one -
5. Auto industry bailout. I was in favor of the bank bailout, because if banks fail, so does the rest of the economy. But the American car industry simply has not kept up with changes in the market. This was foreseeable, and has been a long time in the making. I understand that their closure would be a blow to the economy. But isn't this part of the evolution of a free market? Also, with Hyundai, Honda, and Mercedes all manufactured in Alabama alone, the concept of "American-made" really isn't what it used to be. "Foreign" cars are made 20 miles from my house. Plus they can't even be sure if the bailout would be enough to float the industry. And eventually won't the deficit caused by these bailouts have a more adverse affect on the economy than whatever benefit the immediate cash may offer? I'm not an economist - as you all WELL know by now - but those are my two cents.
Okay really. Enough griping.