Marriage

All the debate on same-sex marriage. Why? Why does government have anything to do with marriage at all? Why would we not just look to contract law? You don’t need a ceremony unless you want one. And you can create any kind of religious or non-religious ceremony you want.

Any two people should be able to sign a contract that says you are responsible for each other and the children you contract or create, and that contract can be dissolved through legal channels as well.

If you are a Christian, Muslim, Jew, of whatever, go to your place for the ceremony and have it be recognized by them. No one should be forced to perform a marriage. And it’s fine if some groups don’t recognize your marriage. You don’t have anything to do with them.

Legal things like hospital stays, insurance, wills, children, loans, taxes, etc. can all recognize a legal contract between to consenting adults.

Get the government out of the term marriage and you’ve solved all the problems.

Respect

You can’t force people to be respectful of others. All you can do is respect others and not tolerate disrespect for yourself.

And by “not tolerate”, I mean peacefully. Tell the person or business you will not have them operate in your life because they do not peacefully respect you. In other words, walk away.

Civil Rights

We watched “The Butler” last night which got us all talking about the Civil Rights Movement in light of the riots in Baltimore. The movie was good but my son pointed out that he thought it was strange to relate everything happening, i.e. Kennedy being shot and Reagan refusing to sign the bill related to Apartheid in S. Africa, as being a product of the Civil Rights Movement. But then we thought about it and decided it was more like one persons point of view. It was his point of view, what he lived through as a black man. He can’t see the broader picture so he relates everything to his circumstances. It was interesting.

It really shined a light on the fact that I don’t know much about the Civil Rights Movement at all. I need to add that to my list of things to study into. I think it could help me understand where some people are coming from. We could all do with some deeper study into that subject because I feel we only know what the public schools tell during “Black History Month” and what popular media is feeding us whenever people riot.

Constitution

I’m going through the reading list in the Harvard Classics set I got last year and today’s reading was George Washington’s First Inaugural Address. I had the thought, What if we hadn’t scrapped the Article’s of Confederation for the Constitution? What if we had just amended it as was planned? Would things be different now? Better or worse?

Then I started into another piece of “We Who Dared to Say No to War” and had the same thought reading about dissension of the the War of 1812. Congress overstepping its Constitutional bounds, already.

What am I doing here?

Simply, it is this. I read a lot. I think a lot. I don’t get a chance to talk a lot. I use my personal Facebook page as a scrapbook and have it printed at the end of each year, so I don’t want a load of political and philosophical ramblings all through it. Besides, sometimes I’d rather not know if my friends and family disagree with my thinking. I think I’ll just post it here…sort of anonymously…and see where it goes.

I’m not much of a writer but I do have somethings rolling around in my head that I’d like to get out to the world, not just in my journal.

Let’s see what happens.