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Forgive and Forget?

Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor of Portland, Oregon– not the beer– was caught having had a sexual relationship with a minor in 2005, which he vehemently denied when it surfaced during his mayoral race, nearly ruining an opponent’s political career in the process.  He finally confessed having lied about the relationship several weeks ago, and has been embroiled in a scandal about which Portlanders are certainly not too happy being nationally (and perhaps, internationally) relevant.

Portland is divided on this issue since it broke a day after our new president was sworn in.  On the one hand, there are those who are willing to stand by the new mayor and his political ideals.  Sure he messed up; everybody does.  They believe that people shouldn’t forget the things for which they’d voted Adams in to uphold.  But there are also those who wonder what other things he may have lied (or will lie) about and how that would affect how the city is managed.  They worry that forgiveness is too big a gamble.

There is a billboard visible as one heads westbound on the Hawthorne Bridge coming from Grand Avenue.  It simply reads ‘FORGIVE’ and is quite clear for what it was intended.  Surely, Portland’s healthy liberal population want to do just that.  After all, a good majority of them may have been responsible for Adams’s election.  But not all of them may feel that way.

Adams has decided not to resign his post as mayor in spite of being publicly demanded to do so by such local major publications like The Oregonian and Just Out Magazine (a GLBT-geared publication), and instead wants to regain Portland’s trust.

Opposers of Adams’s argue that the city’s approach would have been different if this situation had been between a 42-year old heterosexual male and a 17-year-old female, where societal misgivings would’ve been more clearly defined.  Would the city still be divided in its reaction then?  Would supporters still be so easy to put up billboard signs that state between the lines that ‘ye who has no sin cast the first stone’?

Or is this all just part of the political make-up?  We’ve had to survive too many of them in the past.  What’s another?  It certainly won’t be the last.  Should we just move on?

“I Have a Dream…”

“…And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together…”

Excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s address at Washington, D.C. in 1963.

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night

Thanks for everything, G-Dub!

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I Witnessed History Being Made…

U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama

U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama

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Topical Bush

“I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House.” –George W. Bush, referring to White House chef Cristeta Comerford while meeting with Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Washington, D.C., June 24, 2008 (Watch video clip)

Pilfered from Bushims.

Obama in 30 Seconds

http://obamain30seconds.org/vote/?v=view-186-igi9WG

http://obamain30seconds.org/vote/?v=view-434-Ba72Fs

Just spreading the word for a friend of mine. 🙂