I was listening to Catholic Answers on traditional marriage on the way home from work today, when something hit me. When we approach the discussion, there seems to be an unspoken assumption that men and women are indistinguishable, that a mother or father in a child’s life is replaceable. Same sex couples should be able to adopt and raise children, because there’s no difference between their ability to be good parents and a heterosexual couple (so the assumption goes). I don’t think I’d really registered that before. And I don’t think I buy it. It’s the same crappy argument behind the sexual revolution and the fight for “women’s rights”: that the only way men and women can be equal is if they are identical, indistinguishable.
Tonight, I shall be going to Chick-fil-A. Now, this isn’t generally a restaurant I would frequent (because I try to avoid fast food in general), but today is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
Recently, the CEO of Chick-fil-A affirmed his beliefs in the sanctity of marriage and it was revealed that the philanthropic arm of Chick-fil-A gives to organizations that lobby against same-sex marriage. Some people are boycotting Chick-fil-A for this reason. Now, that’s fine. I don’t have a problem with people choosing to spend their money elsewhere if they do not support a company’s decision to donate money to causes they don’t support–though I will point out that pro-life people who do that (I’m not one of them) are often ridiculed for doing the same thing. But that’s really moot.
The reason I’m participating in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day is in protest of people taking things too far. I believe that Chick-fil-A has the right to decide to support the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman if they so choose. That’s their business. However, city officials in Boston and Chicago have stated publicly that they will do whatever they can to stop Chick-fil-A to open new restaurants in their cities because they do not support the values being expressed by Chick-fil-A.
Wait, what? Do Boston and Chicago have a nice, publicized list of the cities’ values for everyone to see, and do they kick out everyone who doesn’t agree with those values? That’s just crazy. Chick-fil-A is a private company for crying out loud. If they’re poisoning people that’s one thing, but opposition to gay marriage should not prevent them from being allowed to open a restaurant.
Now, I’m not in favor of same-sex marriage for a whole host of reasons. But let’s be clear: being anti-gay marriage does not necessarily mean anti-gay. Nor is someone a bad person just because they don’t agree with everything you believe. There’s plenty of discussion to be had on the subject (and not all of it religion-based), but trying to kick a private company out of cities for something they support is just silly.
So, tonight it’s Chick-fil-A chicken. Anyone gonna join me?
First of all, thank you for your service to the state of Indiana. I know it is not easy to balance representing your district with enacting good policy, and I thank you for your work as a public official. I am especially glad that you have stood up for life in the U.S. House of Representatives.
However, I’m severely disappointed in the recent antics of House Republicans in repeatedly holding wasteful votes to repeal Obamacare. While clearly this is a terrible piece of legislation, repealing it isn’t going to go anywhere as long as the Democrats hold the Senate. Any votes taken to try until the Republicans gain the Senate and possibly the Presidency is simply wasting taxpayer money and completely irresponsible.
I just graduated college and was actively involved with the College Republicans. Among young people, there is a perception that the Republican party is outdated and irrelevent to their lives. While this is obviously not true, such antics which have been seen in Congress led by Republicans has given us little to defend our position. This is truly disappointing for the next generation of Republicans.
As I said before, the Affordable Care Act is clearly bad legislation and many parts of it should be replaced. Instead of simply repealing it, however, it would be nice if the House Republicans would offer some of their own suggestions that would actually do something to make our healthcare system better. I’m not saying some grand overhaul–at this point anything productive would be an improvement. I recently read an article on the Atlantic that provided some intriguing possibilities. While I’m not suggesting all of them are worthy of legislation, I believe they would be worth looking at as a starting point for positive discussion. The article can be found here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/12-ways-health-care-could-be-improved-if-the-house-wanted-to-hold-more-than-symbolic-votes/259733/.
I sincerely hope you will give my suggestion consideration, and if nothing else that the House Republicans will consider positive solutions to fixing ACA without wasting more taxpayer money. Republican supporters across the country worked hard to create a Republican majority in the House–let’s not waste this opportunity.
Thank you for reading,
I have a problem with the recent decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the health care law passed in 2010. First, obviously health care needs to be reformed. And there were some good things to come out of the law that was passed. But as a whole, I don’t believe it is good policy, nor am I persuaded by the Supreme Court’s arguments.
It all started out when Amazon Local (if you don’t know about it, gogogo! Is like Groupon or LivingSocial) ran a voucher for $20 off a refurbished Kindle, bringing the price down to $49. I’d been considering getting a Kindle, but since I have an iPad didn’t see a need for it. The price convinced me though, and I ordered one that day. Unfortunately, having just moved, I forgot to double check the address. Off it went to Speedway. I didn’t catch my mistake immediately, and by the time I did Amazon had already shipped it.
So, I called Amazon and explained my silliness. The Amazon dude said he’d call the post office and see if they could ship it back to Amazon. Meanwhile, he said he’d put a $20 credit on my account so I could reorder a new one to my correct address without losing the value of my voucher.
Late the next day, I tracked my package to make sure he’d managed to cancel its delivery when the tracking thing said it had been delivered. It was too late to call the post office, but the next day I spent a considerable amount of time trying to do that. The local post office never answered, despite many calls. I called their toll-free number and eventually made my way through the menus to talk to an actual person. They tracked my package and said that it had already been delivered. I explained that I had recently moved and submitted a change of address card, and that no one lived there. They informed me that they delivered to addresses and not names, so my change of address card didn’t matter. My only option apparently was to go to the apartment and see if it was outside the door.
Well, I live an hour and a half from my old address, but I called the office of the apartment complex and explained the situation. They said they’d send someone to check and assured me that no one lived in my old apartment, so no one could have accepted it. They checked both the mailbox and the hall, but no package. I assumed it had been lost or stolen.
Frustrated, I decided to call Amazon and let them know what had happened so they would be more cautious about using USPS in the future. They quickly assured me that they would send me a new Kindle to my new address. I gave them my new address, in awe of Amazon’s awesomeness, and it arrived at my door less than 24 hours later. All had been righted, and I love my new Kindle.
So that should be the end of the story, right? Except in the middle of the next week, I opened my mailbox to find my original Kindle with a yellow forwarding slip. They had already delivered it, huh? Apparently when they said delivered they meant forwarded to my new address. Sigh. So, I called Amazon to get a shipping label so I could return the second Kindle. They’d been so kind and helpful with my problem, it only seemed appropriate to return the Kindle I hadn’t paid for.
And so ends my saga (hopefully). Moral of the story: USPS has a terrible tracking system!!