Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gabrielle said:

You make a number of excellent points. I silently laughed at your joke. I, personally, am pro-choice, however, i believe the mother should be encouraged to have her child and if she is unable to keep it for whatever reason, she should concider adoption. After all, the child may grow up to do amazing things like cure AIDS or stop global warming

My dear friend,

I do indeed see your point, and you have an excellant one at that. But I also know that there are some times when the mother is in danger if pregnant, or she does not want the parents or the boyfirend know that she is pregnant. So its really a matter of what is best for the mother and the child.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

little updates


My computer has been down for the past little while (convienient right?) and I have been highly irrateted since I have not been able to blog about our presidential election.

Personally, being a democrat, I was naturally ecstatic over this years president elect, but thus far the only thing I have seen impressive is Obama going into meetings and talking about our problems with the people who can actually DO something about them. But that very move worries me still, as over the past years thats all that ever happens. We talk. Why? Because thats what we are good at. But I will keep my peace for now, as Obama has not had the genuine opportunity to make a difference.

Personal experianc:

So every day on my way to school my dad stops at the gas station and we get drinks. All of the cashiers are wonderful people but just a day or two before election night we were stopping in and on the TV there had been a broadcast of an interview with McCain. I made a point to my dad that I didnt like that all McCain could talk about was that he was a prisoner of war, and I made the statement that all he was was a senile old man. Well the cashier heard me say that and pointedly stopped and turned to me and said " He was a POW and that means he knows more about government. Obama wants to change everything and that will ruin our society. I feel I am a true american due to the fact that I dont want more taxes." Of course this took me by surprise and being so early in the morning I had nothing to say. The rest of the ride to school dad YELLED at me. I swear he didnt even stop to breathe. He made the point that what I had said was embarrasing because what if that man had been a soldier and that I didnt know what I was talking about and that I had been disrespectfull.
So that day I decided to have a chat with one of my teachers who had served in the military for thirty years about what the war was like and about what had happened the previouse morning.
The next day the same cashier was there and I was able to argue my piont.
"first off, McCain spent four years in a hole, that does not make him any more or less educated in government. Second, Obama does want a change, and its about time for one seeing as how the economy is shit. And honestly, how much can he really change in at least four years? Things dont just magically happen that he is put into office and America is 100 % completely differant. Obama has seen other countries, and has lived the lives they live. He understands the culture, and thus knows how to negotiate with other countries, because he UNDERSTANDS them. If McCain and Palin are put into office, they will start taking away rights, or not letting us have rights such as gay marriage or abortion. Now, I dont like abortion, but it is a RIGHT, and we as Americans should DEMAND our rights, not take them away from ourselves, or other people. Gay marriage shouldnt have to be debated, this is 2008, not the beggining of America when homosexuals were tossed on to buring pile of wood, which is where we adopted the word "fag" as an insult for gays. True, if they were in office things would be better (how can they get any worse?) but it would be the start of the fall of America. We are built on rights, that is why people come here, and if your willing to take those away from people so that you dont have to pay a little extra on your taxes, than what kind of American are you really?"

My dad apoligized for yelling at me on the ride to school.

So yea, there is a little story for you guys, and if you have anything to add to the previouse statements please do.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Abortion vs. Relision

Here is my standing on abortion: I dont like it. Im sad that there is such an option in current times. HOWEVER I dont believe that anyone, government or non government, can tell me that I cant have it done. It is the right of every American woman to undergo such an operation should she see reason to. Perhaps she was raped, perhaps she is too young, maybe she knows she cant sapport her child. I understand how people can be pro-life, and I know that they have every right to be, but the people that sapport that the most are greatly influenced by there religion, and thats just fine. But what if my religion says its okay? What if my religion says to do whats logical? This is America and we have the freedom of religion, we should have the freedom of abortion god damnit!!!(That was a joke, of course, probably inapropriate, but it was funny)

Any way what it comes down to is that freedom is freedom, and it doesnt matter what you particularly believe in or sapport, so much as if you let go of your freedoms, or anyone elses for that matter, eventually they will all be gone.

"Hold on to your illusions, for when they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live" Mark Twain

Answering Gabrielle

gabrielle said...
I love you Toby but i really don't see the point of voting or encouraging the adults in our lives to vote either. Even since the time the constitution was written, the political leaders have thought the average American too stupid to be politically educated. therefore they created the Electoral College to save us from making the wrong choice. One vote by the average American won't make any difference so why bother trying?
October 11, 2008 5:48 PM

My dear friend,
I do see how you would not want the current adult figure to vote in our stead, seeing as how they have not done such a good job doing so in the previouse years. HOWEVER when the consitution was written, it was to lay down what our rights ARE, or in present times, WERE.
That is why I strongly push for teens and adults and anyone and EVERYONE to stand up NOW. Yes, the current government does believe the people to be stupid and ignorant, and perhaps ONE vote may not do much, but im not singling out any ONE person. Im trying to get a community to speak up for its self, and with enouph time and persistance that may be possible. If I were intent on singling out ONE person, I would just be helping the government by creating mass confusion and chaos, and I would be supporting the divided states of america.

And so in conclusion this is a blog to get more than one person to vote, to stand up, to stand out, and to make there statement. Let us prove together to the government that they should fear US.

White Privilege

This was sent to me in an email and I thought it to be rather interesting, please take a look and respond on what you think is the real issue here

This is Your Nation on White Privilege

By Tim Wise

, For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or whoare constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it,perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like BristolPalin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of yourfamily is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you oryour parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black andLatino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified asirresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a "fuckin' redneck," likeBristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes withyou, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how you like to"shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-Americanboy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in sixyears like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of,then returned to after making up some coursework at a communitycollege), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment toachievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed asunfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the firstplace because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smallerthan most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with aboutthe same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan,makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don't all pisson themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-termstate Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you're "untested."

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words "underGod" in the pledge of allegiance because "if it was good enough for thefounding fathers, it's good enough for me," and not be immediatelydisqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge waswritten in the late 1800s and the "under God" part wasn't added untilthe 1950s--while believing that reading accused criminals and terroriststheir rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used toteach at a prestigiouslaw school requires it), is a dangerous and sillyidea only supported by mushy liberals. White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make peopleimmediately scared of you.

White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of anextremist political party that wants your state to secede from theUnion, and whose motto was "Alaska first," and no one questions yourpatriotism or that of your family, while if you're black and your spousemerely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kidson the first day of school, people immediately think she's beingdisrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers andthe work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of womento vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to childlabor--and people think you're being pithy and tough, but if you merelyquestion the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor withno foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college--you'resomehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don't evenagree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your runningmate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket hasinspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give yourparty a "second look."

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn't support yourpolitical campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being atypical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black andmerely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines inChicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whosepastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticizeGeorge W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitlyChristian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christiantheological principles into government, and who bring in speakers whosay the conflict in the Middle East is God's punishment on Jews forrejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you're just a goodchurch-going Christian, but if you're black and friends with a blackpastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department ofDefense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreignpolicy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on blackpeople, you're an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by areporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you sucha "trick question," while being black and merely refusing to giveone-word answers to the queries of Bill O'Reilly means you're dodgingthe question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW hasanything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being blackand experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a "light"burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allowsomeone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people arelosing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasinglyisolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren't sure aboutthat whole "change" thing. Ya know, it's just too vague and ill-defined,unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete andcertain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The first Teens for Freedom blog

Hello my friends. This is a place where I will be blogging about both Republican and Democratic debates in teen lingo. I myself am a democratic 16 year old, who has very strong views on politics, and I think its time for teens to stand up and speak out, because if we dont, by the time we are able to vote, or be an adult, all our rights will be gone!!!! So please feel free to leave comments, debates, urls and the like, because it doesnt matter if you are Republican or Democratic, cuz we are ALL American! And we are ALL entitled to our rights.