What is required
“Love one another as I have loved you.” How eloquently Christ’s teaching was expressed by the Rev. Mark Doty’s article concerning the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry (BDN, Nov. 3).
The Connecticut court ruling to grant equal rights to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gives hope for a new day when all men and women can live in dignity and honor with the person they love and choose to join in holy matrimony, blessed by their church.
Let this admonition from Micah (6:8) guide us all as we go forward: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
A new day
At long last, we have a new and decent president for this wonderful nation. That would have held true for either candidate. Godspeed, U.S.A. We the people are one!
Forty-eight years ago when I was in the fifth grade, John F. Kennedy was running for president. I am sure that, as Elizabeth Davis writes in her letter to the editor (BDN, Nov. 6), that I was unaware of the major issues of the time.
I knew we were scared of the Russians, because of the duck and cover drills and the air raid shelter signs all over town. I knew that Eisenhower was very old and that he represented a different time. I also knew Richard Nixon did not speak to me or my generation. JFK on the other hand was (in my mind at the time) a bright streak of light asking people to do something for others. He hit a chord with me and my friends and made us feel the new order was on the way.
Young people are usually not as intimidated by “change” as older, more entrenched folks.
We had a “mock election” in my class, too. It was close (two votes difference out of a class of 60), pretty much like the real general election the next month. Many of the people from that long-ago classroom went on to make a difference, due, I believe, to the power of youthful exuberance over a candidate they really didn’t know.
The youngster on the front page of the Oct. 31 BDN looks excited, happy and committed. As a McCain supporter, I hope that Obama inspires him and his peers to a higher purpose. What could possibly be wrong with that?
Harry H. Snyder III
The traditional conservative Republican Party lost ground in this election. Nevertheless, our American republic will get what we deserve because we, for better or for worse, are still a government of the people, by the people, for the people through our elected representatives.
If we elect candidates who represent a collectivist political philosophy, we are instructed to pray for them that their hearts and minds may be turned. Otherwise, it may take another American Revolution to put them out of office. This could occur through a fundamental realignment of the political parties whereby conservatives and libertarians form a coalition to take over the Republican Party similar to the way the socialists and the liberals took over the Democratic Party. Independent conservatives may finally be motivated to take a stand and help us out vetting conservatives through the primary process.
If like-minded conservatives continue to work together, we can form a new conservative coalition in Maine and our nation; we can regain limited government, individual rights and responsibility, free enterprise and a strong national defense. If we don’t, we will have lost the greatness that was America — at least for a moment in history. As long as our republic stands, we have the power to retain or change our representatives in the next election; we need only to understand and operate our political system correctly. If we don’t, others will operate it for us.
Retract the lies
We now have a new president-elect, Barack Obama. The last eight years will be recorded in history as a dark period for our country, a time of lies, distortion of information and corruption of executive power.
Barack Obama is not a communist, socialist or Marxist. Barack Obama is not a terrorist, Muslim or Arab. Barack Obama does not want to set free convicted rapists, murderers or child molesters. Barack Obama does not want to turn us gay or African, take away our God, or force us to have abortions. He does not want to take away our guns and snowmobiles.
The extreme right of our country is responsible for spreading fear and hate toward our next president. It is time for John McCain, Sarah Palin and the Republican National Committee to correct the record. I call on the RNC to tell the truth and retract their slander of Barack Obama. I urge others to let them know we do not approve of their attempted subversion of our democracy through lies, distortions, fear and hatemongering. Give them a call or e-mail.
William J. Beal
The Rev. Mark Doty’s recent OpEd (“Connecticut ruling step toward justice for gay couples”) spoke with feeling about the compelling reasons to embrace same-sex marriage — justice, equality and our shared humanity. I know gay and lesbian couples who have been in loving same-sex relationships for many years.
Just like my heterosexual married friends, they have nurtured their children, attended parent-teacher conferences, paid taxes, supported local businesses, offered their friendship and participated in all the other dimensions of domestic and civic life. Just like my heterosexual married friends, their enduring, committed relationships are filled with love and strengthen our communities. Just like my heterosexual married friends, they want their unions to be publicly acknowledged and honored.
Our American history holds many examples of how people who have been viewed as “other” — Franco Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, women, Jews, Catholics, people with disabilities — have been denied basic human rights and legal protections that majority members of our communities take for granted. I am hopeful about the capacity of Americans to gradually become less fearful and condemning of “others” and to recognize that human rights belong to all of us, not only to privileged groups. We can be better than that. When same-sex couples are granted the right to marry, the beneficiaries will include our communities and the institution of marriage, not just the immediate families.