"You have to understand that if you seek that office, then you have to be prepared to give your life to it. Essentially, the bargain that I think every President strikes with the American people is, ‘you give me this office, then in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure, is gone. I am giving myself to you.’"
Remy: What Are The Chances (An IRS Love Song)
I’m at the Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate tonight. This should be fun, I mean I’ve decided my vote already, but I’m going to report on it as even handedly as possible.
But isn’t it a good trait to be compassionate? Or are you saying we should take emotion out of politics?
Okay, so there’s several points here.
Compassion IS a good trait.
Emotional arguments and decisions should be taken out of politics, certainly.
As for hating the phrase “compassionate conservative” I hate it because it’s redundant and puts forward the idea that conservative principles aren’t, as their base, the most compassionate of political views. I view a political system that emphasizes freedom and success and creates a society where both those things are possible, as much more compassionate than an ideology that takes away our freedom because it knows whats “best” for us and emphasizes government control and dependence.
She’s definitely not a liberal “yes-man”, she’s criticized Obama and Democrats in the past and I generally respect that she puts her money and time where her mouth is when it comes to charity and working with the UN in attempting to help women and refugees.
I’d have to know more about her specific viewpoints on politics, but I’m not horribly opposed to the idea.
6. Persecution of Women
While Rouhani has spoken eloquently of gender equality – and Article 20 of the Iranian constitution purports to protect it – women face widespread and systematic discrimination in education, employment, state benefits, family relations and access to justice.
The Iranian civil code compels women to obey their husbands; married women may not leave the country without their husbands’ consent; the severity of punishment for some crimes under Iranian criminal law differs based on the gender of the accused; honour killings – of which girls and women are the primary victims – go unpunished; and there is a dearth of women in decision-making roles.
Query: Will Rouhani follow through on his promise to improve women’s rights, ensure gender equality, and establish Iran’s first Ministry of Women?
7. Persecution of lesbian and gay people
Iranian law criminalizes same-sex relations and allows the courts wide discretion in determining sentences, which can include corporal and even capital punishment. As Dr. Shaheed has reported, many LGBT Iranians are victims of discrimination and violence, but do not report their victimization to the authorities out of fear that they will themselves be charged with a criminal offence.
Query: Will Rouhani decriminalize same-sex relations and end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity?
Just copied over the two I figured tumblr would care about. The rest are pretty awful too though.
Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford questioned Sen. Steve Gallardo’s honesty in regards to his sexual orientation in a closed-door caucus meeting on Tuesday and said Gallardo should “act more gay.”
Gallardo told Arizona Capitol Times that Cajero Bedford, D-Tucson, questioned his integrity because he only recently announced that he was gay and said he should not stay in a leadership position while running for Congress. Cajero Bedford later called for a vote to remove Gallardo from his post as the Senate’s minority whip, which failed 3-8.
“She said that I should be more gay and she questioned my integrity. She said she was glad I came out (of the closet), but that I should be more gay,” Gallardo said. “I’m more offended that she questioned my integrity.”
Me: *voices dissenting or unpopular view of a Tea Party view*
TP member: That’s stupid.
Me: Okay….why is that?
TP member: What are you a liberal plant or something?
That is a summary of a conversation I had last night, just in case anyone wonders why I’m starting to get tetchy about the Tea Party these days. If these next two elections cycles end in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…