Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…

Good morning.  First, to those who normally read my blog, you know that I rarely discuss politics on here, so please excuse this one post and then we will return my usual cacophony of topics!

For those of you who do not know me, I am conservative, Christian, a fan of a large military and a small government.  I am a moderate Republican (although these days what qualifies as a moderate Republican would have been a conservative democrat 50 years ago… anyway).  I have been ill after hearing all the diatribe regarding the Amendment 1 vote yesterday in North Carolina (and here I go adding to it…)

As a citizen of this country, I have given power and authority to my legislators to govern me.  That being said, no government, no legislator, no person, can legislate love.  Hitler tried… didn’t work so well for him.  Mussolini tried, again, a failure.  It seems that dictators always try to legislate the heart, legislate emotions.  You cannot do that.  People say some crimes are hate crimes and they should be punished more harshly than non-hate crimes.  I’m pretty sure if you murder someone (with the obvious exception of self defense) you hated them.  Your punishment should be equally strict, regardless of your motives.

It is my opinion that if people want to form a family, they should have that right.  Who am I to tell them that their love, their commitment isn’t strong enough? Who are you to tell them that?  Think about this… how many people do you consider family that are not blood relatives?  How many of those would you jump in front of a bullet for?  Drive hours to help them?  Give them every penny you have because they needed it?  That is called love, people, and no government has the right to legislate who you can love.

Also, several proponents of Amendment 1 stated that this legislation was to preserve marriage as a fruitful union… um, ladies and gentlemen, I take issue with that statement.  Think about this for just half a second, after a certain age, women are unable to reproduce (or in the language of the proponents of Amendment 1, be fruitful), so does that mean that when a women undergoes menopause that she and her husband should no longer be allowed to be married since it is not a fruitful union?  What about those couples that decide not to have children?  Are they equally as married since no child came from that union?

If the government wants to legislate safer roads, fine, I like driving and I hate potholes.  Better schools, great, I’m all for education.  A bigger military go for it (because let’s be honest, as much as we want to be respected as an arbiter of peace in the world, I would rather be feared than respected.  I would rather have terrorists and other countries thinking “holy cricket, if we bomb them, who knows what those crazy Americans will do in response. Maybe we should just go back to playing bridge… yep, playing bridge is a better idea.”). They are welcome to legislate a more fair tax code, great (taxes are the price we pay to live in a free country, even though I gripe about them every year).  But, they cannot create legislation that discriminates and removes a person’s God given right and responsibility to love.

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Thank you for listening to my diatribe… I hope that one day soon people can spend more of their time trying to understand and love each other rather than discriminating and judging.  After all, without love, what is there to live for?  Fight for? Hope for? Believe in?

Until We Meet Again,

JCP

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