Tonight, I am Forever Proud of my Country

Yesterday, this happened on campus:

This happened on Facebook:

Seventeen-year-old that I’m Facebook friends with for some unknown reason: I hope you like your sister cus in about 4 years you will be able to marry her, because if it’s true love then who should be able to stop it… Americas logic.

Holly: This post makes me sick. You’re entitled to your opinion and your vote, of course, but the comparison you’re making is a terrible one. Same sex marriage has no connection with incestuous marriage.  They are NOT the same and it is NOT accurate to claim that allowing one will lead to allowing another. Maybe this is your idea of a joke, but even if that’s what it is, it’s these kinds of jokes that lead to ignorance and hatred.

I know, I know; I shouldn’t have let my anger get the best of me.  I should have been mature and realized that it’s the Internet, and that people say stupid things, and that it’s best not to get into an argument when you’re not face-to-face with someone.  But holy cow that kid made me mad.  And I couldn’t let it slide, not when he was so very out of line.  The conversation continued for several more posts, with him atrociously insulting LGBTQ, and me trying desperately (and sometimes failing) to keep my replies civil.

But everything was all right in the end, because then this happened:

(Obama won)

And this:

(The Voter ID Amendment failed)

And this:

(The MN Marriage Amendment failed)

I have never been prouder to be a Minnesotan, and to be an American.

Why I’m Not Voting for Voter I.D.

When I first heard about the Minnesota Voter ID amendment, I thought, “Yeah!  Let’s squash that voter fraud!”  I think many people thought the same.  But I’ve since learned a lot about why this amendment isn’t necessary (i.e. vote fraud is virtually nonexistent) and why it’s harmful (i.e. it will make it very difficult for senior citizens, low-income citizens, people of color, and students to vote).

Here’s a video made my by UMM’s MPIRG chapter that explains the further implications of such an amendment:

And here’s a video made by Sarah Silverman that explains the same from a national stance (and with much more profanity; you’ve been warned):

Gone Caucusing

Rick Santorum won Minnesota.

Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth a little bit.

Believe it or not, the caucus I was at last night was the Republican caucus.  I thought it would be a little more interesting, and I guess I was curious about how the other side operates.

They operate normally.  Water was served.  And coffee.  And an opaque red liquid that we assumed to be fruit punch.  People were wearing scrubs, and jumpsuits, slacks, and other just-got-off-work apparel.  A toddler wearing a shirt that said “I am fiscally responsible” ran around the room, doling out waves and blown kisses.

I took note of all this, sitting at a table with others from Politics and Film.  Most of us were Liberals, and thus denied name tags and banished off to the side.  We exchanged some humorous eyebrow wiggles when the old “how many Democrats does it take to change a lightbulb” joke was told.

When the actual Straw Poll began, we slipped out one by one, stealing redwhiteandblue mints as we passed the check-in table.

I hitched a ride back to campus, traipsed up to my room and my bed, and that was when I clicked to Huffpost and received the delightful news about a certain land of 10,000 lakes and a certain candidate who once said:

“Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?”

Way to pick a winner, Minnesota.  Let’s try to get our act together by November.