America’s Next Bill Clinton!


Working with the religious right!

Before I start on my note, I have a Public Service Announcement to make: these puppies were found in the middle of the street a few days ago. They need homes. If you want one, let me know. I’ve got the hook up.

This morning, I am proud to announce a new social service project I’d been working on, set to kick off Monday – as it was the day Columbus found the new world – and it is my hope that with the new project, a we will find our new world as well. I’d love for you to join me.

For the last few weeks, as many of you know, I’ve been working hard in reaching out to the religious right to find common grounds on issues we can work together, toward a better world.

We may have found such with a Christian co-worker, who — although we have very little in common, shares my passion for wanting to change the world. This Monday, we will be in Hampton Roads neighborhoods with homeless persons, to clean up the neighborhoods. The idea is to hire these homeless persons for about three or four hours, to go around with bags and cleaning up the neighborhoods. I see this as a project that can be expanded from Hampton Roads to other areas, including Washington, D.C., once I relocate.

This project works for many reasons: first and foremost – it allows homeless people to earn money and a sense of worth. Secondly, it makes our community look much nicer, and is an environmental project. But most importantly, it’s the first step in uniting the religious right and the social liberals, encouraging them to work together toward a better America.

At the end of the day, the right cares about America very much – just as much as we do, but because of the gap in cultural differences, we’ve been removed in one another’s lives. This project is the first step of many, to bring the two sides together for a good cause.

I realize that to change the world, we must do so in a political sense. But the personal is political, and we must start uniting in a personal sense before we can do so in a political sense.

My goal for this is to start with Hampton Roads and eventually expand, bringing student groups and religious organizations together. If successful, we will apply for non-profit status, and I hope, become an NGO one day. In working together, perhaps we’ll be able to see one another has fellow human beings, rather than the enemy. Then, and only then, can we start to work together in other spheres, to make the world a better place.

I know many of you will be reluctant to do this, because of your past history with religion, which might have been hurtful to you. But let me say this – at the end of the day – it isn’t about you – it’s about what we can do to make America a better place. We all hurt – but there are others who are hurting more. It’s important to put our feelings and differences aside, so we can ease the pain of those other people.

If you are interested in helping on Monday, let me know. If you want to do this in your area, let’s work together – because we all do better when we work together!

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“Need to get laid, go to a political rally

I found this article extremely amusing http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2007/09/27/2007-09-27_singles_will_check_out_eligible_candidat-2.html

Essentially, political campaigns that are aimed at a younger demographic (think Barrack Obama) are aiming at a younger crowd with promise of getting laid or finding a like-minded date.I have two really jumbled up thoughts of it. One: it doesn’t work. Traditionally, the 18-29 demographic is great for straw polls, but it doesn’t always translate into a political victory. Like it or not, our crowd is pretty fickled.While our mindsets are in the right place, we don’t actually go to the poll. Then there are those who are truly committed in that age bracket who doesn’t need to go to a political function to get laid. They are actually doing this for the right reasons and are committed to voting for a certain candidate anyway, so it’s pointless and a fiscal waste to spend money on them. You can see it now, election day comes around, two people are in bed cuddling after their fuck fest at around 7 p.m.

“You know, I had a feeling we were supposed to do something today?”
“We did — each other.”
“No, something else — something important.”
“Oh, shit! We’re supposed to vote for Barrack Obama. Hurry! Precincts close in an hour!”
They throw on their clothes, speed down the road only to find a traffic jam. Barrack Obama comes in third.

My second thought is this: there might be some truths to the article. In my experiences, as a liberal, Democrat and feminist, the women whom I’ve met and fallen for (and those who’ve fallen for me), been out with and dated and whatnot, are always a much better experience at political/feminist events, than drunk and throwing up under a bar.

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that deep down inside, rather than a quick lay, we all want someone with whom we share values and convictions, and a desire to see the world the way we want it.

In the end, for me (and I would say “liberals,” but I don’t claim to speak for all liberals), love isn’t about what the person can do for us, but rather, what that person does (and potentially can do) for the world. Maybe it’s just the little hippie in me (without the long hair and drugs) talking. I don’t know.

Thirdly, (I know I promised two thoughts, but I lied), I was kind of offended by the article and the “liberal chicks are easy” line in the article. It’s not that they’re easy, it’s perhaps that they’re more comfortable with their sexuality.

It also offends me because it gives the idea that we’re supposed to stand up for a cause just to get laid. It offends me even more that the person quoted is seeing women, once again, not for their character and values and beliefs (in this case, as liberals and feminists), but as a piece of meat, there for his pleasure.

Sex is greatly appreciated and awesome, but it ought to come with respect and equality – and there is no respect and equality in a statement like, “liberal chicks are easy.”