That annoying children's tune, "Baa Baa Black sheep" asks the poor outcast farm animal if he produces any wool. "Yes sir, yes sir," is the answer, "three bags full." Of course he produces wool, he's still a sheep.
Why, yes, me as the black sheep of my family, I still produce wool. As the political outcast of the Abbotts, believe it or not, I too have reasons for my blackness. This blog will just give you a few samples of the finest wool that I produce. And while you're at it, try this wool on, everybody looks good in black.
First, and of incredible importance to those of us living with fatal genetic diseases, an executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research signed under the previous President will be overturned today. Finally, the government is working on behalf of those with lupus, Parkinson's, Type I Diabetes, and macular degeneration. Wasn't it Jesus who said that the lame will walk and the blind will see?
Second, I don't believe that the wealthiest 1% of Americans should be taxed less than the rest of us. For instance, how is it that Warren Buffett pays a smaller taxation rate than his receptionist?
Third, I believe that gay and lesbian couples have every right to be recognized as a union by the state. They should be allowed to pursue their "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness." I do not think it is the state's perorgative to dictate morality and pass legislation that effectively bans 10% of the population from their rights as laid out in our Declaration of Independence. In the same breath, I ask for the further separation of church and state. Let the religious bodies define marriage, let the state make civil union a right for all people.
Lastly, I think the death penalty is abhorrent. Under the eighth amendment, the state does not have the right to inflict cruel of unusual punishment. Furthermore, it actually costs more to execute a convict than it does to imprison them for life. The error of margin is much too large in our judicial system. Too many innocent people have been executed unjustly. However, let me make myself clear. This means that we have to have tougher prison policies. We must not let hardened criminals back into society and we cannot let private contractors run our prisons as they do in Texas.
As a final comment, I have come to these political beliefs not because of Barack Obama or because I'm a young idealist. I have come to believe these principles because I am a Christian. After all, it is our God who ate with sinners, touched the outcasts and diseased, and allowed himself to die.