June 8, 2012 @
Thanks Kate, I agree. This is what I wrote January 2012 Weird Politics In These Funny United States
A large gob of spit runs down my shirt. I am a twelve year-old American living in Brussels, Belgium in the late 1960’s. Far away, the Vietnam war rages. My countrymen are fighting. I have lived less than half my life in the United States, I barely know what it means to be an American. Yet, someone has spit on my because of where I was born.
Politics are a funny thing, really. Often the spit and dirt doesn’t land right on the people responsible. It hits the ones that are handy, who are easy targets.
Forty years later, I still have only lived a little over half my life in the United States and now in the very liberal state of Connecticut
My staunch Republican, father sometimes walks around his house in Provo, UT, shaking his head saying, “How did I raise Democrats?”
We don’t talk politics much in my family, with my brother and I to the left of center and my parents and other siblings to the right. We enjoy each other and laugh, go to the beach, to movies and share meals with each other. We love each other and respect, each of our rights to love and live in the way that works best for us.
I don’t know about Mitt Romney’s ancestors, but my Mormon ancestors five generations back gave up living and loving the way they wanted, in order to become American. In 1890, when Utah was granted statehood, my polygamist ancestors, had choices to make about obey the laws of the land or continuing to live and love the way they wanted to.
I am an American, because they left polygamy behind.
I voted for Barack Obama, and will do so again because I believe in reaching out a helping hand and in equal rights for all people regardless of who they love and how they want to make a family.
I think it is wrong for someone like Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum to promise, if elected, to take away my rights to love and live the way I want with my girlfriend, in a committed relationship. – Kimberly Burnham, author of Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open. http://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberlyburnham
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