keithan81 commented on the blog post Goodbye Pam’s House Blend: after nine years, closing the coffeehouse July 1
There are so many things I’ll remember about PHB. But the two that immediately come to mind are:
1. The time when Peter LaBarbera penned you a letter and you published both it and your response. That was in the early days. You were able to capture my own feelings and my own frustrations. I was hooked.
2. You were one of the very first to say that Elizabeth Dole would be vulnerable in 2008 – and you were right.
Well wishes to you and yours.
keithan81 commented on the blog post Mrs. Let-them-eat-cake Romney has a few words for you…
keithan81 commented on the blog post LaBarbera, Wooden tell me to find Jesus – and a man to breed with to ‘rock my world’
Another endorsement! I’ll never forget the letter he wrote to you a few years back. Your response was absolutely perfect.
And, of course, the last part is flat out wrong as well. Kids are more than free to pray in school. They can do it on their own time. They can pray before the school day starts, during the school day, at lunch, at recess, while waiting for the bus, while on the bus, before an exam, when a pencil breaks, or at any other time if they want to.
Or they cannot, if they do not want to.
The State just can’t force them to pray. I don’t understand how forced prayer equals freedom of religion, yet prayer by choice doesn’t. More irony from the self-described “small government” crowd.
keithan81 commented on the blog post September 21, 2011, 11:08 PM ET: Troy Anthony Davis is dead
And the self-described small government, pro-lifers applaud as the state uses its authority to kill.
Pam, I struggle with this daily. I’m a North Carolina native, a product of generations of Southerners, so to say that the South is in my blood would be an understatement. This May, I will graduate from Emory Law, so I know that I have options. Shall I sit for the New York Bar? Or shall I stick around in the South a bit? I really do not know what to do and time is running out – I have to make a decision soon.
On one hand, I realize that there is work to be done in the South. I don’t like the idea of asking someone else to do something that I am not willing to do. On the other hand, though, I am tired of making the same arguments over and over to people who just do not – or choose to not – get it. At times, I feel as though I am stuck in 2004 when the Republican machine, coupled with scared Democrats, made our relationships an issue. It is frustrating for me to go back to the same arguments – religious and civil law are two different things, the Constitution guarantees us all Due Process and Equal Protection, sexual orientation is not a choice – over and over. It is time that we move beyond this, or just push the haters out of our way. Moving them out of the way will be difficult. While the tide is turning, we are not there yet. I do believe we are looking at their last desperate attempts to demonize us (at least in this issue). Only now do I realize why they were so adamant that the marriage amendment become the 28th Amendment. 2004 was their chance, their only chance, to squash the conversation. Since then, the conversation has been on-going and that conversation has been part of the reason why hearts and minds across this country have changed. We’ve seen victory and defeat over the past seven years, but seven years has been enough. It is time to move forward, not backwards.
Yet the North Carolina General Assembly wants to move backwards. This is my biggest issue with the South – the bewildering motivation to go backwards. I wonder the source. Is it fear? Is it prejudice? Something else? Or a combination?
And I ask myself daily what I need to do to change it. But I also wonder if I can go through what it will take to change it. I don’t like the idea of going to a place where the work has been done, yet I realize there is more work to be done there. I want my rights, though, and I want them now. I have watched this unfold for years. It has run its course. We have a Constitution in this country and it must be respected. Equal rights must mean something or nothing.
As you have said repeatedly since the issue of same sex marriage became a topic of national conversation, the Supreme Court is one day going to decide this. I have concerns about the current Court, and I put all of my eggs in the Justice Kennedy basket. So many changes have happened to the Court since the Lawrence decision – Justice O’Connor was replaced with a more conservative jurist and Stephens and Souter have both departed (underlying meaning: we do not know how Sotomayor and Kagan will approach the marriage issue) – that I get lukewarm with the issue. While the path is being laid for the issue to arrive at the Court, other changes can take place between now and then. There is an election next year and the next President may get two SCOTUS nominees – Justice Ginsburg has not been in great health and Justice Breyer is getting older. A Republican President replacing those two liberal jurists would be a disaster, but on the flip side, we’re not sure how a Democrat (assuming Obama) would replace them, either.
All of this, though, is a cart before a horse. Should I stay or should I go is something I ask myself each day. The South is part of my own history. There is much to be done here, but I am tired. Day after day, this is something I struggle with.
Just my two cents.
keithan81 commented on the blog post The Ghastly Applause At Brian Williams’ Death Penalty Question At Reagan Library Debate
Ironically, most of those applauding consider themselves pro-life.
Long day at work, and I’m skimming somewhat incoherently so this may be in your article (or somewhere on the web), but did they poll the jury after they couldn’t reach the verdict? Or have any of the jurors said what the final count was? It would be interesting to see, and I’m sure the prosecution would want that information for a future trial (if they go that route).