Ok, my deepest apologies for that subject. I’m not above playing the pregnant card on this one, so I totally am. (I only have 3 weeks left to do it… so expect lots of it for the rest of the month.)
If you’ve been around Skepchick for a while (and by a while I mean like at least a week) you know Marilove… and you kinda gotta love her. She definitely keeps this place interesting. Today she is ranting about her home state of AZ, which is always a fun topic on Cinco de Mayo! I hearÂ Hispanics are really happy down there right now! (That’s what she said!!)
Anyway, I’m particularly loopy today, so I’ll pass this one over to Marilove because I have no business writing on a public forum right now.
The Fuck Nuttery that is Arizona
I was planning on writing a scathing rant about the very controversial Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona that Gov. Brewer recently signed. Iâ€™m sure most of you are quite aware of this bill, and the boycotts and financial losses Arizona has been taking because of it.
But then someone on my livejournal friends list shared this:
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|The Word – No Problemo|
There’s really nothing else I can add. Colbert says it best, as usual.
Tangently related: Some may think Comedy Central dropped the ball recently by complying to extremists, and I’m inclined to agree. But we are still really lucky to have them, especially the darlings of the network, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Many try to write them off as “just comedy shows”, especially Jon Stewart himself, but they are so much more than that and so very important.
Back to the fuck nuttery that is Arizona: I am native to Arizona. I was born in Lake Havasu City, AZ and grew up on the AZ/Cali border, deep in the Sonoran Desert, until I was 19. I’ve lived in Phoenix now for almost a decade. This is my home state, and Central Phoenix is my adopted city. I love both, dearly. But this bill, along with the constant uphill battle for LGBTQ equality … honestly, I’m tired. I’m so tired. I’ve defended this state for a long time. But I’m finding it harder and harder to defend.
Worse, this extreme immigration bill is not the least of the crazy going on in Arizona right now. Take the previous Arizona Congressman and current Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth for example:
Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) is not backing off his claim that a six-and-a-half-year-old same-sex marriage ruling in Massachusetts could conceivably pave the way for men marrying horses. source
PEOPLE VOTED FOR HIM, and will probably vote for him again. I just … I just don’t get this line of thinking. I really don’t. It completely breaks my ability to understand, and I’m a pretty sympathetic and empathetic person. Horses? Really, Hayworth? Really? What freaks me out is that one of the only other Republican choice is John Fucking McCain, and right now the Democrat options are lookin’ slim. I have some hope that Hayworth won’t be elected (heâ€™s perhaps too crazy even for Arizona, the land of Sheriff Joe), but I just don’t know if I can handle any more John McCain.
We certainly can’t forget the Presidential ‘birther bill’ that advanced all the way to the state House. Really? This is how we’re spending money we don’t have? We’re cutting education funds left and right, and THIS shit is what is important? Really? Thankfully the Whitehouse came in and dismissed this ridonkulous bill, but the fact that it made it as far as it did is astonishing and fucking frightening.
And I remember this day quite clearly, as I was volunteering for a local LGBTQ organization at the time that dealt primarily with local LGBTQ politics:
Arizona Governor Takes Away State Domestic Partner Benefits, Says ‘God Has Placed Me in This Powerful Position’
This is one of the very first things she did when she was appointed to the position of Governor. I wonâ€™t even get into Brewerâ€™s anti-choice stances and legislature; itâ€™s all quite scary. Note that she was *not* elected, but rather appointed to the position when Napolitano, a Democrat, left for Washington for the position of Secretary of Homeland Security. Iâ€™m still bitter. It doesnâ€™t help that Brewer is, at this moment, leading the race for Governor (though I personally feel our now doomed economy will prevent her from being elected â€¦ I hope). I really donâ€™t like this woman.
And let me tell you, when The Crazy that is Sheriff Joe decided not to run for Governor, all sane people in Arizona let go a huge sigh of relief (while every resident in Sun City let out a grunt of disappointment). The thought of Sheriff Crazy Pants Joe as Governor is perhaps, somehow, worse than the thought of J.D. Horse Fucker Hayworth as Governor, and that is saying something.
Iâ€™m just glad the city of Phoenix still has our Mayor, Phil Gordon, who is relatively progressive, very vocal about his disdain for the new anti-immigration bill, and quite supportive of and active in the fight for LGBTQ rights. But it seems he is our only hope, and this is his last term. What happens next?
Skepchicks, my loves. I am so confused and conflicted. I love Arizona, and I love my life here in Central Phoenix. Iâ€™m lucky and live in a pretty progressive area; my apartment is in the middle of the gay neighborhood. I’m surrounded by wonderful people and friends, all of whom work hard at trying to make this state better. But we are losing. I am feeling the un-ignorable urge to flee. And yet, I feel obligated to stay; I can’t give up now. I can’t give up and let the state I love so much go further into the shitter. Arizona can’t be beyond hope, can it?
Marilee CorneliusÂ is an Arizona native,Â LGBQT volunteer and activist, writer, and geek-extraordinaire.Â She has just signed up for classes at the local Community College, with the goal ofÂ earning a degreeÂ in ASL Interpretation, after much prodding and encouragement from one of herÂ closets friends, whom shes suspects just wants a free interpreter during their table-top Dungeon & Dragons games.Â You can follow her on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/crushdmb
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