6.26.2013

"PERSONHOOD AND DIGNITY"



Two great moments for America. The striking down by the Supreme Court of the discriminatory U. S. Marriage Act. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to end legal coverage of this prejudice.

And the historic speech by President Obama on global warming. Thank you to everyone here at Slow Love Life who joined us at Moms Clean Air Force to demand that the President unite us around a plan to slow climate change.

We have lots more work to do. Please join me in thanking Obama, and telling our political representatives that we will be watching every step of the way. But we also have to take time to give a joyful shout--filled with gratitude and hope.

And then, as the opponents mobilize, I say: "Let the wild rumpus start!"

18 comments:

Stefan Hurray said...

Yes - so much excitement going on! Between the ending of our DOMA coma and the president taking a stand on global warming, it seems like some progress is in sight!

William said...

The issuance of the Executive Orders by Obama under the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions is definitely a welcome move - however, playing devil's advocate here, considering he didn't do that 4 years ago when he could have, is it possible that he made that move just so his approval of the Keystone pipeline in a few months won't smell quite as bad?

blue said...

Today my partner of 34 years (almost 35) asked me to marry him. I said yes then I cried.

Happy said...

Ah, the naysayers, the negativity that is always tapping us on our shoulders. Just consider this, under any circumstances we are alot better off with President Obama then what could have been....no????????

William said...

Naysayer? Huh? "Objectivity' is NOT 'negativity'.


What, exactly, was 'negative' about my comment? That I suggested Obama is likely to approve the Keystone XL pipeline?


If that is the case and probably it is, then I suggest you take a more 'objective' view of this subject and do some research on exactly what is planned, what the serious environmental risks are, exactly what type of oil will be traveling through the pipeline and, most important, when it comes to this subject the President's relationship with and support from labor unions.


Then, write a letter with all of the facts you have learned from your 'objective' research asking the President to not approve this disaster.


Oh, lest you think I am a left-wing kook, I am a Republican.

Happy said...

Hmmm......well first off, it really didn't occur to me that you were a "left wing kook" I was thinking you were a frustrated republican. You know what i mean, that always present need to be negative, its kind of bred into republicans, no worries William, you certainly aren't alone, you have lots of company.
As for the Keystone XL pipeline, don't be naive, President Obama will do what he has to do to move this country forward. One has to look at the whole picture, review all the facts and then inevitably do what you have to do. What I object to in your comment is, that, it reeks of cynicism, which has nothing to do with objectivity.
Some how, some way, the naysayers are trying their hardest to bring President Obama down, everyday he is being tied into, or worse, directly blamed for every headline that hits the front page daily. Its like the man has a target on his back, and target practice is everyday.

William said...

WOW! You are a very good little non-questioning solider! Any president would be glad to have you as a follower.

Happy said...

"You are a very good little non-questioning solider" ....Not at all, just someone who thinks things thru, is able to be flexible, accepts setbacks for the common good, and understands politics. Also, I have learned that negativity becomes part of ones thinking if it is not nipped in the bud, it becomes as pervasive as poisen ivy.

William said...

Lots of lovely words, but you seem to avoid specifics.

I asked you what specifically about my comment was 'negative'. No answer.

As for the Keystone pipeline, considering you "think things thru", do you have an opinion of your own on the pipeline or are you just waiting for the President to give you your opinion? Does it bother you that labor unions, having nothing to do with environmental issues, will have a HUGE influence on his decision?

If he decides to approve the pipeline, and it's likely he will, do you consider that "moving the country forward" just because he made the decision?

I believe destroying the environment is NEVER "moving the country forward" regardless if the decision is made by a leader who is perceived as being benign (Obama) or one who is perceived as being toxic (GW Bush).


I'm assuming you will say this comment is negative or cynical.

Happy said...

"considering he didn't do that 4 years ago when he could have, is it possible that he made that move just so his approval of the Keystone pipeline in a few months won't smell quite as bad?"
Thats negative and cynical.

A direct quote from President Obama,
"Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that
doing so would be in our nation's interest. And our national interest will be
served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.
"The net effects of the pipeline's impact on our climate will be
absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward. It's relevant."

This quote assures me that President Obama will make the right decision when the time comes. Can a safe environment be compatible or viable with the Keystone project, your guess is as good as mine. It will have to be proven. As for the labor unions, they have a job to do, keep Americans employed and treated fairly. They aren't ogres, labor unions came into being because big business were abusing their employees.
You know William, every thing isn't the end of the world or the sky is falling. A fearful environment is toxic too.

William said...

""considering he didn't do that 4 years ago when he could have, is it possible that he made that move just so his approval of the Keystone pipeline in a few months won't smell quite as bad?"
Thats negative and cynical."

Negative and cynical? That's simply a FACT and a QUESTION. Just because something doesn't align with your particular point of view doesn't mean that it's "negative and cynical".

As for the Obama quote. I am thankful for his words on the subject. His use of the phrase "significantly exacerbate" concerns me a bit, but we'll see how it plays out. John Kerry is a good person to have at the helm at the State Department when this decision is finally made - his being there is encouraging when it comes to environmental issues.

As the time get closer to a decision pay very close attention to the position of the Sierra Club on the issue and don't dismiss them as 'negative and cynical' if their position on the topic varies from that of the President.

Your very enthusiastic and generous comments about labor unions suggest to me that you have never had to actually deal with unions. Trust me, they are not all 'Norma Rae'. Spend a few years navigating construction unions in NYC and get back to me on that topic. Powerful - self-serving - extortionists are a few words that come to mind.

Jennings & Gates said...

And we move slowly forward toward civilization...

Happy said...

William, yes, unions have become powerful, as for self serving and extortionists, they represent their clients and get them the best deal they can from the employer. Has that gone overboard??? Yup, but always, always keep in mind why these unions came about. Maybe Norma Rae was just a movie for you but for millions it was very real. Employers were abusing employees for years before unions came into being. Life became much better for blue collar america (The Greatest Generation). who turned around and invested that into their children. That is how many baby boomers got college educations. Your scope on unions (NYC) is narrow, it doesn't reflect the whole picture. Never dismiss the need for unions in big business.
As for the Sierra Club position differing from the President, anything can happen, and no, i would not dismiss them or anyone's opinion on The Keystone.

William said...

Quote from you:

"As for the Sierra Club position differing from the President, anything can happen, and no, i would not dismiss them or anyone's opinion on The Keystone."

OK GREAT!!!

Quote from you:

"As for the Keystone XL pipeline, don't be naive, President Obama will do what he has to do to move this country forward."

Clearly Emerson had it 150% correct a zillion years ago when he said, "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"

Happy said...

Well, i've been called many things but "little minded" is a first!

torigw said...

This is very compelling - a song of our warming planet. I think it gets through when words might fail.

http://www.openculture.com/2013/07/a_song_of_our_warming_planet.html

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