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

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

This week, I attended a reading by Christopher Phillips. He isrepparttar author of Socrates' Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy, and has been described asrepparttar 125998 "Johnny Appleseed of philosophy" because of his penchant for starting meaningful dialogues with groups aroundrepparttar 125999 world.

He was in town to promote his newest book, Six Questions for Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery Through World Philosophy. Because I happen to live in Portland, Oregon, a city with a reputation for contemplative people and voracious readers (must be repparttar 126000 rain),repparttar 126001 room at Powell's Books was packed. After reading a few pages from his book describing a typical Socratic dialogue, Phillips asked us to considerrepparttar 126002 question, "What is virtue?" and to think about how it might relate to our world today.

Well, "today" happened to berepparttar 126003 day that President Bush announced his intention to push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. It was clearly a hot topic inrepparttar 126004 room, andrepparttar 126005 first speaker jumped right in by asking if perhaps we could become a more virtuous society by respecting and supporting a "multiplicity of choices" regarding any loving relationship between two consenting adults.

The hour passed swiftly as many individuals contributed torepparttar 126006 discussion of tolerance, support, acceptance, common good, well being, andrepparttar 126007 development of our culture.

No matter what you believe about gay marriage, considering its implications is a fascinating process in evaluating and defining our own sense of virtue.

When I was four, my father announced to my mother that he was homosexual. My mother had been raised inrepparttar 126008 Mormon church,repparttar 126009 only child of two very conservative parents. She told me years later that she'd had to look uprepparttar 126010 word inrepparttar 126011 dictionary to know what he was talking about. It was 1964.

She chose to pack up my two brothers and me and head to Oregon to live with her parents. I grew up hearing from my grandmother that my father was "evil" and that someday I'd learn aboutrepparttar 126012 horrible things he'd done.

I envisioned him as an axe murderer. I didn't see him for years.

I now have a very friendly relationship with him, and I am pleased to report that he has never killed anyone. In fact, he leads a quiet, happy life of gardening, paying bills, helping others in his community, and being completely dedicated to his partner.

They've been together for over 40 years--about 28 years longer than he was married to my mother. I don't know any couple that has been able to withstand more challenges while remaining absolutely devoted to supporting each other than my father and his partner. With lasting love being so hard to find, I think we ought to support and celebrate it whenever possible.

Electable Ralph

Written by Ed Howes

Hey President Nader! Won't you introduce us to your running mate? We expect you might have a team player in mind. The democratic nominee? Let's see a team effort to multiply electability. Run with your team. We know who we'd get with George Bush and don't care who we'd get with John Kerry.

Here isrepparttar opportunity for which more than half of America has been waiting. America's best hope to dump corporate government andrepparttar 125997 two party stranglehold. A true Independent candidate for millions of Independent voters. Voters who dared not hope for any meaningful change as a result of this November election. A candidate who could winrepparttar 125998 election with just over one third ofrepparttar 125999 vote. A candidate who will speak for disaffected and disenfranchised Americans.

Try to imagine a President who will veto every corporate give away Congress passes, for four to eight years. Ralph is a spoiler all right. Not for Democrats who thought electability was all that mattered; but for all of us who have had enough ofrepparttar 126000 puppets of corporate money. We know Ralph is no friend of corporate power and this is his main reason for providing America an alternative. Thank you Ralph! America is indebted for your patriotism. You have redefinedrepparttar 126001 word for us.

I recently wrote it would be worth a twenty year effort to empower third parties to compete withrepparttar 126002 good buddy, just us, Democans in Washington, D.C. Imagine how an Independent, no party President could advance that cause in four years. Mayberepparttar 126003 partyrepparttar 126004 American people have been catering is nearly over.

Democrats lostrepparttar 126005 White House in 2000,repparttar 126006 minute their electable candidate called George Bush and conceded a close election, beforerepparttar 126007 votes were counted or contested. Because Democrats can't see or appreciaterepparttar 126008 truth that they had backed a quitter, they blamed a Republican court and Ralph Nader forrepparttar 126009 Bush victory. Now they are blaming Ralph for this year's defeat. It is good they can readrepparttar 126010 writing onrepparttar 126011 wall and proclaim it. Maybe having someone to blame is what matters most to Democrats. As long as they are out of power, they have plenty of people to blame. Let's give them what they want.

Democrats are supporting not their best candidate, butrepparttar 126012 one they are guessing can beat George Bush. Anybody but Bush they cry! John Kerry is an anybody - he'll do. He could not defeat President Bush if Ralph Nader did not run.

Ralph Nader just made a Kerry victory impossible and isrepparttar 126013 real and only alternative to our current President(s). The only candidate who can defeat him hem this election. This is precisely because he can splitrepparttar 126014 vote three ways, mobilizerepparttar 126015 youth, Independents, non voters and bring people torepparttar 126016 polls that are fed up with business as usual. That segment of America, over halfrepparttar 126017 electorate, can and probably will make Ralph Nader a shoe - in.

Democrats who supported Howard Dean should be backing Ralph. Democrats who supported Wesley Clark should be supporting Ralph. Those of us who would support Dennis Kucinich, can support Ralph Nader. I think Dennis might be an Independent pretending to be a Democrat. One who may be waiting until afterrepparttar 126018 convention to support Ralph. Wouldn't Dennis make a good Vice President?

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