Socrates, Politics and Axe Murder: A Look At Gay Marriage

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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Can we legislate love? Is there ever a good reason for society to put limits on a loving relationship between two consenting adults? What responsibility do we have as citizens to support caring, long-term relationships? How will our culture be affected by our choice to support or limit partnerships between two individuals who choose to sustain each other throughout their lives?

Just as important as these questions are those related torepparttar time, expense and divisive discussion required to alter our nation's official stance on this issue. I fail to understand how anyone can decide to focus such enormous resources on clarifying personal relationships at a national level when there are clearly so many more pressing problems that demand attention.

I'd like to see less focus on legislating loving partnerships, and a lot more on preventing truly heinous acts.

Like, say, axe murder. Or maybe war.

With mouths to feed, children to educate, jobs to create, and communities to support,repparttar 125998 discussion surrounding gay marriage is pointedly political and decidedly distracting. I don't know what Socrates would have said about this issue, but my guess is that he'd enjoyrepparttar 125999 debate. It's likely that he would argue to allow individuals to thoughtfully pursue their personal quest for excellence and enjoyrepparttar 126000 same benefits granted to every other adult member ofrepparttar 126001 community.

As our society continues in its welcome development of a more evolved sense of ethics, we can rise torepparttar 126002 challenge. As individuals, we can dedicate ourselves to continuing this thoughtful debate in our communities, our homes, and within ourselves to foster enlightened decision-making at local (state) levels.

I'm hoping for careful consideration, honesty, full disclosure, and a willingness to acceptrepparttar 126003 risks required to expand our thinking. My father hadrepparttar 126004 guts to pursue his own sense of excellence in 1964 and, despite years of personal anguish, was successful in openingrepparttar 126005 minds of everyone in my family. I hope our nation's leaders will be as courageous--and more importantly, as compassionate--in their approach.

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse. Her work has inspired thinkers in over 80 countries. She serves up a satisfying blend of clarity, comfort and comic relief in her free weekly ezine, the Friday Mind Massage. To subscribe, visit

Electable Ralph

Written by Ed Howes

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Everyone who wants no more of George Bush and company should support Ralph Nader and company. All those who have been backing unelectable Democrats, who can't defeat George Bush, should support Nader, if they really want change in Washington. It's not about electability any more. It's about sweet, real, meaningful change - reformation. Anyone butrepparttar same or another Republicrat!

The Democrats are already onrepparttar 125997 attack against Ralph. He knew they would be and he is running anyway. I like that. You should too. Republicans are soon going to be more worried about Ralph Nader than they ever were John Kerry. They know he is going afterrepparttar 125998 disenfranchised majority that will not vote for puppets. All President Nader has to do is convince them this is their best chance to change nearly everything that is wrong withrepparttar 125999 system - andrepparttar 126000 2008 elections. Can we look that far ahead any more? I say Ralph Nader will get more than fifty percent of all votes cast andrepparttar 126001 puppet lovers will split what remains. If America wants change, we'll have a Nader landslide victory.

He is ready to run against John Kerry and George Bush. He knows he can win, same as you and I do. Democrats are saying he'll get fewer votes than last time and cannot win. They are as wrong as they have ever been. Itís amusing to hear them begging him not to run. Watchrepparttar 126002 support he gets as John Kerry goesrepparttar 126003 way of Howard Dean.

Howard Dean should be supporting Ralph Nader, even though he said he would supportrepparttar 126004 Democratic nominee. If party is more important to Howard thanrepparttar 126005 principles he has been espousing, it explains why he is notrepparttar 126006 Democratic nominee.

Ralph Nader is an opportunity for traditional Democrats and Republicans, moderates, liberals and conservatives; to send a powerful message to Washington, no matter who is elected President. No more corporate government. No more puppet government. Ralph has just givenrepparttar 126007 silent majority a voice. Ralph Nader isrepparttar 126008 beginning ofrepparttar 126009 end ofrepparttar 126010 status quo andrepparttar 126011 Old World Order.

President Bush was sitting pretty until now. There was not a Democrat who could beat him. He had to beat himself by messing up again between now and November. Odds are good he will or has and it isn't public knowledge yet. Republicans will be saying anyone but Kerry.

Our President does not have much chance of re-election. He's following in his daddy's footsteps don't you know? The two party madness was his best chance. If you like being ruled by corporations, vote Republicrat. If you've had enough of 20th Century scam government, Ralph Nader isrepparttar 126012 only alternative at this point. One who has served people long, well and lives to do so. Someone who can be trusted. Insider government is in crisis. Must stop Ralph. Pat Buchanan, Ross Perot, where are you? Let's splitrepparttar 126013 ticket five ways and see what happens.

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