I have a few things to say

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I know it will come as a shock, but I have a few things to get off my chest.

1. Pro-choice does not equal pro-abortion. I’m not sure there are people out there that are actually lobbying for and encouraging all their friends to get abortions. Pro-choice means I believe that every woman should have the right to choose the LEGAL procedure. Let me repeat that. Abortion is LEGAL. I am not advocating for the procedure. But the right to choose it. As another example, I do not want all my friends to get root canals, but I am damn well glad they can get one if they need it.

2. Marriage equality is a no brainer. And while we are at it, can we make an effort to tell people how much they mean to us? I mean tell your friends and family you love them. Send a handwritten note, tell the dry cleaner that you appreciate them, leave a nice tip with a kind message. Give hugs and kisses. You get the picture. Let’s encourage more love as opposed to trying to quash it.

3. Please get your religion out of my politics. I am not anti-religion, but we have a separation of church and state for a reason. When we all up and moved over here from various places, a lot had to do with religion being used and misused by the powerful elite.

4. Please do not pick and choose passages of the Bible to be misinterpreted to support your argument. Just. Don’t.

5. Healthcare is not a privilege. I am not more worthy that you are. I do not deserve to have my pneumonia treated while you suffer. My children are not better than yours. We are lucky. We have health insurance. But for many years I did not. And I was sick. We had enormous medical bills. The stress of that made me sicker. People shouldn’t have to choose between being healthy and feeding their kids.

6. I don’t want to take all the money away from the rich. I want them to pay their fair share. Just like I do. I don’t want to live in a country without taxes. I like education and infrastructure and firefighters and law enforcement and stuff.

7. How often do you clean behind/under your appliances? I’m talking refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer.

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26 Responses to I have a few things to say

  1. Jill February 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Here’s hoping that love may always triumph over hate (and fear-mongering)… As far as cleaning under those appliances that are too heavy for me to move? I confess: only when I have to replace them! Of course, that’s more often than I’d like these days – they don’t make washing-machines/dryers/dishwashers/refrigerators/anything-with-a-motor like they used to… :)

  2. April Groves February 25, 2012 at 5:56 am #

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  3. Anna February 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    I cannot say enough how much I LOVE THIS POST! You just said most of what has been on my mind lately (except the cleaning under appliances part….oops!). Awesome, I agree and thank you for writing :)

  4. Adriane February 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    YES, yes, and YES!

  5. Michelle February 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    I never clean under my fridge. Does that make me a bad mom? :)

    I actually came over because someone on Peaceful parenting (facebook page) had posted that her son loved a certain dress and wanted to wear it every day. Someone posted your link to My Son is Gay.

    I have to tell you…I loved what you wrote. I honestly dont have the same belief systems as you. But there is one for sure thing we can agree on. WHY would anyone make fun of someone dressing up for Halloween. Or frankly, any time. So what if someone puts on a costume. Or if a boy wants to wear pink. THEY SELL IT IN THE MEN’S department. It’s just clothes.

    Besides, who wouldnt want to wear that awesome orange wig? I dont have a child in my home who wouldnt.

    (We dont even celebrate Halloween…but all my kids, son included, would want to play dress up in the costume.)

    How rude that people had to make something big out of something small.

  6. Cetta February 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Right on!

    And I’d like to say that I clean under/behind appliances more often, but the dirty truth is about once a year… unless the washer tub overflows or something falls that I need…

  7. Kim Lee February 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I agree with everything. Except number 7. I just can’t get on board with number 7. I do, however, celebrate your right to number 7.
    That is all.

  8. Amy February 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I just linked to you on FB because you’ve said everything i want to say better than I ever could. Thank you!

  9. Pam February 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you for saying all of this – especially, keep religion and bible passages out of politics. That makes me so mad, I could scream!

    Only clean under them if we have to move them for some reason, or looking for a dead mouse, or dog or grandkid’s toy. Yes, I said Dead mouse. Cat kills mouse, cat doesn’t eat, cat pushes under fridge. Happened.

  10. Mórrígan February 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    It’s so sad that #1 needs to be said at all. People really believe that being pro-choice means you think abortion is the coolest thing ever. No. I mean, in the case where it’s a life-saving necessity and it did save your life, you probably would be a big fan, but that’s in the sense that you’d be a fan of open-heart surgery if it saved your life. You wouldn’t volunteer for that if you didn’t absolutely need it though, and it’s really no different with abortion. Nobody wants an abortion; they do it because they feel they have no other choice. So if you want to prevent abortions, you aren’t going to get anywhere by trying to convince everyone that abortion is bad. Nobody really needs convincing that if they can avoid getting an abortion, they should. If you want to prevent abortions, lets talk about pregnancy prevention, availability of birth control, and comprehensive sex education.

  11. Laura February 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Hear, hear!

    I clean under the big stuff a couple times a year, when I get a bee in my bonnet. I always know its going to be a mess since we have five cats and they shed a lot, but I’m always happy when I finally do.

  12. Meagan February 22, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    I’ll agree with all that. I’d say the corollary to #1 is that anti-abortion doesn’t really mean pro-life. That’s a mis-labeling if ever I saw one.

    As for #3, I wish certain religious folks would remember that the separation of church and state is as much to protect their churches as it is to protect the state. I’m always amazed at how many Christians denounce theocracies, usually Islamic, in other countries but seem so gung-ho for one here – just because it happens to fit with their religion.

  13. Crystal February 22, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    While I agree on all of the first 6 points whole heartedly, I think a lot of the ‘pro-life’ persons (not all but enough to be making the noise within the group), can’t see the differing reasons to be ‘pro-choice.’ Some people are pro choice because they feel it’s a woman’s body and her decision, some people are pro choice because they feel the government has no business regulating it, and some people are pro choice because they want the option to have an abortion if they want it. Because at the end of the day, all they see is having the option means someone will get an abortion and they can’t see why that would ever be a viable choice. And I respect that some people just couldn’t follow through with it, but to me banning abortion no matter what is just as insane as forcing every woman who has been impregnated against her will by a rapist, to have to have one. For me the option should be there, even if I never choose to take it even under the gravest of circumstances. But I do think it needs to be heavily regulated, and lots of counseling and truthful information available to anyone. And I think that is where the process has fallen short over the years, the disinformation to scare people away, and the lack of information to prepare a woman for having to live with the decision afterwards both do much damage.

    And I’ve cleaned behind the large appliances only when there was some other reason to move them, like a need for a repair, or rearranging a room.

  14. Elizabeth Hosto February 22, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    You’re supposed to clean under your appliances????????

  15. WolfSong February 22, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Yes! Thank you! Especially for #1. I don’t know how many times I have tried to explain that, as someone who is pro-choice, the option for abortion needs to be there for women, and it needs to be legal…while at the same time, supports should be in place for any woman who is pregnant and wants to raise, or put up for adoption, the child. Pro-choice doesn’t mean “kill all the babies!”, it means a safe, legal medical procedure, if needed, or chosen. And, while we’re at it, can we do away with the shaming of women who have made the choice to have an abortion? Please? Don’t even get me started on the “having an abortion causes breast cancer and you will deserve it” folks…yeah, wish I was joking about that, but nope. Went to the hosp. to visit my Mom-who has ovarian cancer-and was met with Pro-life demonstrators who were telling women just that.

    As for the appliances…every 6 months. 2 long haired adults, a long haired child, 2 cats and a large dog=appliances that *must* be cleaned under regularly.

  16. Ami February 22, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Agreed! Holy crap, why can’t more people think this way??
    And, um…..you’re suppose to clean those spaces? I figured they were cleaned by magic oven fairies, since there’s no way I can move a stove on my own.

  17. Maria February 22, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I clean behind the appliances when I absolutely have to find what was lost there. Otherwise – NUHUH NO WAY!

    Sadly, to have things such as fire and police protection and other city amenities we must pay for them through taxes. I don’t know what a fair share is but I know that loop holes exist for the wealthy that I just can’t access. I personally do not advocate abortion, but will not stand in the way of another whose decision is hers alone.

    Religion and politics will never truly be separate but efforts should be made to treat them so. The president imposed state regulations on religion this time. Religion cannot have it both ways – ie: legal marriage for same sex couples imposes religious morality on a government status – conversely a government edict to provide an elective medical measure such as birth control imposed on religious institutions – the two are in conflict of the singular goal.

    Healthcare is another touchy subject as we all should be allowed to maintain a healthy self. Government imposed healthcare leads to corruption however insurances are already corrupt. Medications cost pennies to make (after the initial research and development) but cost us hundreds of dollars. I have been co-payed beyond my ability and now go without a needed medication – thankfully not for a life threatening illness – because I can’t even pay the copay as this med is not “authorized” by the insurance. In my rights to be healthy, I pay for insurance – they should not be allowed to deny the medication.

    I guess this means I agree with you.

  18. Dawn DeBois February 22, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I’m posting this on FB if you don’t mind. I know quite a few people who need to hear this from someone besides me! The more people who read this the better, as far as I am concerned.

  19. Mel February 22, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Twice a year in the kitchen, never in the laundry room! –
    It’s funny how political rhetoric has shifted so radically to the right that common sense is refreshing. =)

  20. dawn February 22, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Thank you, thank you for this. So beautifully and succinctly put. Love your blog! -Dawn

  21. Lorri February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Anything else you’d like to get off your chest?! I LOVE it! I whole-heartedly agree with your 6 and I’ve never cleaned under those rotten appliances.

  22. Susan February 22, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    About once a year. And AMEN on all the others. I can’t believe that we’re not in the majority, but somehow there are those out that think we’re radical liberals for thinking these things. I don’t feel radical. Or liberal.

  23. Leah Rhyne February 22, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Amen, sistah.

    (And…um…I never do clean under those appliances. Replacing the dishwasher was an odyssey. Don’t judge. ;o) )

  24. Elizabeth February 22, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I have to agree 100% with you on ALL of these, especially the tax thing, which my friends don’t seem to get. We’re 20 year olds, though… *sighs*

  25. David February 22, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    GUILTY! I’m pretty sure I have a whole bottle of fabric softener and at least one of those fabric softener balls trapped behind my washer…

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