A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. – Mark Twain

The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks’, meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’. – Larry Hardiman

I suppose that government wouldn’t run well in a democratic society if we didn’t have politicians but, for the most part, I don’t care much for politicians especially conservative ones at the moment. I associate the word conservative with old school and firm believers in discrimination. The Conservative Party of Canada and the Republican Party in the US are prime examples.

I was saying the conservatives are firm believers in discrimination. In Canada we’ve yet to get protections in place for gender identity and gender expression. We have only one of the territories where these protections in place. We also don’t have hate laws based on gender identity or gender expression in the Criminal Code of Canada. There was an attempt recently that made it through the House of Commons but we’re sure the conservative heavy Senate would have shot it down.

There are Republican hopefuls actually running with discrimination policies against gays and lesbians in their platform. Politicians in North Carolina may deliberately put discrimination against gays and lesbians into their state constitution.

In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

However, every once in a while there are politicians who surprise me. Jack Layton the former leader of the New Democratic Party here in Canada was one of them. In the upcoming Ontario Provincial Election there are more than a few gay and lesbian candidates running for office. I hope they do well. In the US there are a couple lesbians I’m following, one as a Senator and another as a mayor of a larger city in Texas. Again, I hope they do well.


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