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

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)

soupsoup:

Starbucks CEO tells shareholders disappointed with company support for marriage equality can invest somewhere else