Complacently Positive

"Complacently positive...that there is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise." - Gore Vidal

liberalsarecool:

Via Occupy Democrats

liberalsarecool:

Via Occupy Democrats

A professor here did a nifty life summary and I thought I’d do one, too. The unexamined life sucks and all that jazz, yes?

I was born. I was loved. I was bathed in a bird bath at Sears. I walked, talked, read, rode a bike, and learned. I went around the world and back with my mom without ever leaving her chair. I had a Batmobile. I went to school. I learned some more. I threw rocks at a kid for being different. I grew, developed pimples, looked awful, felt worse, and hated myself while firmly believing I was better than everyone else. I realized my nature and so did everyone else. I rode a skateboard down a hill, sucked a dick, ate too much, and dreamed. I went to High School. I paged, politicked, gained a passion, kissed a girl, and traveled. I hugged Eleanor Roosevelt and Lady Liberty. My flight was delayed, canceled, and rerouted. I won every election but one. I graduated. I felt bad about throwing those rocks but never really apologized. I went to college. I drank. I poured a gallon of milk on my roommate, slapped a girl with a slice of pizza, killed a fish, then another, and yet another. I may have tried to rape a blue haired girl, even though I didn’t want to. I went to the fair. I started a club, joined some others, developed, and changed. I told the truth, threw open the closet door, and had the awkward conversations I’d avoided. I dressed as a hippie, met someone who changed my life, quit a job, and loved everything. I made a mistake and recovered. I occupied. My friend found a stripper and I pulled her panties off with my teeth. I got a giant bear, wore a tiara, and squeezed an elephant. I locked up a midget. I made out, threw some cheese, and fell down two flights of stairs. I threw up in my bro’s bed. I got drunk, lost my virginity, sent that letter, smacked some heads, and helped a sad bitch. I walked in on my roommate with a lazy eyed hoe. I smoked more than one thing and wrote infinite on a playing card. I witnessed a crime and witnessed a random. I flew kites survived a tornado. I danced and sang and drank and rode around the bend in a truck with some friends. I cried when he left (but he was just my friend)…I knew it was over when the vitamins went. I took off my pants and partied. A bitch got me noodles. I housesat. My misfit maid tried to steal some used condoms, grabbed a hippy dick, and got filmed doing it. Then I got a dude drunk and sucked his dick. I stored my things and went to class. I danced for the camera, got covered in pubes, and got shot. I campaigned, knocked doors, ate ice cream, got paid, called voters, organized for America, and made a difference. I met Bessie and tried to help. I got locked in a bathroom. I tried to skin a cat and a furby. I wasn’t happy. I went to another fair and saw a llama. I demanded British dick. I won and I lost. I had my first wreck. I dressed as Bill with my best friend. I voted. I rapped nude and got caught. I helped with an abortion, sort of. I planned a trip or two. I was amazed by outpourings of love and support. I studied for the biggest test of my life. I looked in the garden of my mind. I got more dick. I criticized, debated, proposed, and argued. I had multiple ninja inspired birthdays. I looked like, felt like, and acted like Satan. I got glasses. What could be next?

Andrew Jackson was the first feminist President.

This is what I learn at college. 

And for a brief and naively optimistic moment, it felt like the whole world was changing. 

Instant Classic: From the SCOTUS transcript on oral arguments about same-sex marriage

bostonreview:

JUSTICE SCALIA: When did it become unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage? Was it 1791? 1868?

TED OLSON: When did it become unconstitutional to ban interracial marriage?

JUSTICE SCALIA: Don’t try to answer my question with your own question.

(via upworthy)

Representative democracy in a nutshell: “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.” Edmund Burke

Senator Claire McCaskill: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13

motherjones:

clairecmc:

The question of marriage equality is a great American debate. Many people, some with strong religious faith, believe that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman. Other people, many of whom also have strong religious faith, believe that our country should not limit the commitment of marriage to some, but rather all Americans, gay and straight should be allowed to fully participate in the most basic of family values.

I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.

My views on this subject have changed over time, but as many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long term committed relationships, I find myself unable to look them in the eye without honestly confronting this uncomfortable inequality. Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country, a country founded on the principals of liberty and equality.

Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.

Yeah, that’s a United States senator announcing her support for marriage equality on Tumblr.

(via demnewswire)