Monthly Archives: November 2012

Individuals should find a ‘higher power’ in life

After going through an atheist and an agnostic phase, I strongly believe in God. I don’t believe in a religious God, nor an anthropomorphic bearded white dude, but the kind of God who got bored one day, snapped his fingers, created the universe and then sat back with a piña colada to watch it unfold.

Religion is a deeply personal matter. Getting to the nexus of how you answer life’s mysteries is one of the most rewarding of life’s journeys. My beliefs have always come under fire in conversations I have with atheists, but these conversations, along with others’ stories of acceptance and rejection of religion, God, and spirituality, have all helped me reach my conclusions about a higher power. Continue reading

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Social conservatism is dead

Tuesday’s election didn’t amount to a rejection of the Republican party, but a rejection of social conservatism. This didn’t play out too strongly in the presidential election, but in state-wide ballot measures and Senate races, social conservatism was almost unilaterally rejected by the American public.

Starting with Senate races, losing Republican candidates Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana were absolutely decimated by their remarks about rape. Both were running in very winnable Senate races in states that were noncompetitively in Romney’s column. Mourdock was defending the seat of the incredibly popular moderate Republican Dick Lugar, who served for six terms.

Both candidates were ahead in their respective races until they made their respective comments about rape. Akin said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Meanwhile, Mourdock said, “I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Immediately, the polls flipped. The margins Akin and Mourdock shared went to their opponents, and they subsequently lost their races. While being pro-life isn’t a particularly extreme policy position, having a fundamental misunderstanding of female anatomy and saying that rape is the will of God will land you in the nut job category. Voters are okay with pro-life candidates, but they will reject anyone trying to control their bodies. Continue reading

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Americans must practice vigilance through voting

If I were to ever get a tattoo, it’d say, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” Nothing better sums up, in my mind, how crucial it is to vote in not only this election, but in every election.

Those seven words are engraved upon the statue of a grim Roman warrior sitting outside the National Archives in Washington, D.C. His left hand clutches a sword, his right hand holds a helmet, and a lion’s pelt drapes over his arm — all to convey that power must be checked at every turn by a diligent and watchful public.

I contend that, at every turn, we have failed to check the powers we’ve granted government. Only about two-thirds of our voting-age population shows up to vote every four years, and even fewer people vote in the congressional elections held every two years, according to a George Mason University study — and it shows. Continue reading

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