I have conservative friends, and they see things way, way differently than I do in terms of Obama's performance, optimism for the future, etc., etc.
It's amazing to me.
One of my conservative friends, in fact, compared the state of the nation right now to the nation during the Civil War period, i.e. split.
When you confront conservatives and ask, "Weren't the last eight years a lot like a split nation?", they say that Bush was trying to do the best he can, and that--actually, yes, I've heard this--that Bush was a moderate and was trying to slow down the coming recession.
I'm astounded right now. If you don't have conservative friends, just turn on Bill-o and Glenn Beck. They'll learn ya!
Y'all keep using words like "rights" and "minority".
I fundamentally disagree, and there's the rub.
Gays and lesbians, to me, are a special interest group, not a minority. I was born black. There's a verifiable history of anti-black bigotry and terrorism in this nation. There's nothing (NOTHING!) comparable with gays and lesbians in terms of that level of prejudice. So laws protecting black people and their social welfare make sense to me.
Marriage is not a right. It's a privilege. Again, there's a difference in our nomenclature on this issue.
Gays and lesbians deserve special protections under our laws but extending the privilege of marriage to them does not constitute such protection under the law.
If it weren't for the 2/3's rule, we would have had the 12-cent gas tax increase. I'm sure we have had a number of other tax increases which, again-because of Prop 13--protect older homeowners in California and overburden the average consumer....
Income tax is going to increase here.
The sales tax is going to increase, and when you factor in Measure R that recently passed here in LA County to fund mass transit, the sales tax will end up being north of 10% (going up from 8.25%).