"Real" or not, it's worth reading:
On April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City a terrorist detonated a bomb that killed my mother and 167 others. 19 children died that day. Had I not had the chicken pox that day, the body count would've likely have included one more. Over 800 other Oklahomans were injured that day and many of those still suffer through their permanent wounds.
That terrorist was neither a homosexual or was he involved in Islam. He was an extremist Christian forcing his views through a body count. He held his beliefs and made those who didn't live up to them pay with their lives.
As you were not a resident of Oklahoma on that day, it could be explained why you so carelessly chose words saying that the homosexual agenda is worst than terrorism. I can most certainly tell you through my own experience that is not true. I am sure there are many people in your voting district that laid a loved one to death after the terrorist attack on Oklahoma City. I kind of doubt you'll find one of them that will agree with you.
I was five years old when my mother died. I remember what a beautiful, wise, and remarkable woman she was. I miss her. Your harsh words and misguided beliefs brought me to tears, because you told me that my mother's killer was a better person than a group of people that are seeking safety and tolerance for themselves.
As someone left motherless and victimized by terrorists, I say to you very clearly you are absolutely wrong.
You represent a district in Oklahoma City and you very coldly express a lack of love, sympathy or understanding for what they've been through. Can I ask if you might have chosen wiser words were you a real Oklahoman that was here to share the suffering with Oklahoma City? Might your heart be a bit less cold had you been around to see the small bodies of children being pulled out of rubble and carried away by weeping firemen?
I've spent 12 years in Oklahoma public schools and never once have I had anyone try to force a gay agenda on me. I have seen, however, many gay students beat up and there's never a day in school that has went by when I haven't heard the word **** slung at someone. I've been called gay slurs many times and they hurt and I am not even gay so I can just imagine how a real gay person feels. You were a school teacher and you have seen those things too. How could you care so little about the suffering of some of your students?
Let me tell you the result of your words in my school. Every openly gay and suspected gay in the school were having to walk together Monday for protection. They looked scared. They've already experienced enough hate and now your words gave other students even more motivation to sneer at them and call them names. Afterall, you are a teacher and a lawmaker, many young people have taken your words to heart. That happens when you assume a role of responsibility in your community. I seriously think before this week ends that some kids here will be going home bruised and bloody because of what you said.
I wish you could've met my mom. Maybe she could've guided you in how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.
I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be here to watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she won't be there. So I'll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma to go to college elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no intentions to ever return here. I have no doubt that people like you will incite crazy people to build more bombs and kill more people again. I don't want to be here for that. I just can't go through that again.
You may just see me as a kid, but let me try to teach you something. The old saying is sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Well, your words hurt me. Your words disrespected the memory of my mom. Your words can cause others to pick up sticks and stones and hurt others.
"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up," Ferraro said. "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"
Since, given her biography, one would be hard-pressed to accuse Ms. Ferraro of ignorance, we have to assume that the woman is stupid.
Let's look at some facts:
As of Monday morning there will have been three black Governors of States in this country since Reconstruction, only two of whom have been elected to the office. On the other hand, there have been 29 women governors, eight of whom currently serve.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, there are 41 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, 13 of whom are women and one of whom is Senator Obama. There are 73 women in the House, including those 13 African-American and including the woman who is Speaker of the House.
There have, since Reconstruction, been three black members of the Senate, one of whom was a woman and one of whom is Senator Obama who is the only one currently serving. There have, since 1922, been 35 women in the Senate (including one who served only one day), 16 of whom currently serve.
Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, and the rest of Hillary's hitwomen need to put away their bubbling cauldrons of bitterness and anger and look to the future of their party and their movement. Young women are already reluctant to call themselves feminists... this kind of behavior is going to make that reluctance even more understandable.
A couple of entries down you'll find a recording of Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern's comments on gays. The great political philosopher Hanna Arendt described it as "the banality of evil." This deeply hateful woman could be the president of your local PTA... unless you live in the Bible Belt, in which case she's probably passing laws and passing out tax money....
"[X] showed a tendency toward an insular management style, relying on a coterie of aides who have worked for [X] for years, [X]'s aides and associates said. [X]'s choice of lieutenants, and... insistence on staying with them even when friends urged [X] to shake things up, was blamed by some associates for the campaign’s woes. Again and again, [X] was portrayed as a manager who valued loyalty and familiarity over experience and expertise."
The emphases are mine and the article isn't- though you might think it should be- George W. Bush.
Steve Novick just got the endorsement of former Governor John Kitzhaber, in part, because of common sense approaches like this one. I encourage you to click on The Hook over on the left and see more of these monologues on topics important to all Oregonians.