The Pledge of Allegiance

Scram brought up an interesting story about a 10 year old in West Fork, AR who has refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance until there is truly "liberty and justice for all" which, as the boy says, will not exist until gays and lesbians have the right to marry.He's got a good point, too.

It doesn't make any difference to me if same sex couples get married or not, and it is not really a government issue anyway so I am not totally sure why there are laws about this type of thing. Also, as a guy who goes to a lot of weddings, and sees much of the behind the scenes planning that goes on, I am 100% certain that any gay couple can get married whenever they want, at whatever place that will have them, by whomever they choose. There is nothing stopping them. Police will not bust through the doors and break everything up.

Why? Because no one cares.

It's not real. It's just a formal commitment that people can make whenever they feel like it - and these days it doesn't make any difference anyway, because people break that commitment just as often as they make it.

As far as having a marriage license, who cares? I have never done anything with my marriage license. It's just a fancy piece of paper with a couple signatures on it that sits in an envelope somewhere. And for all you know, all those signatures could be forgeries.

I'm sure I get some kind of tax break or something because of it, which I don't completely understand either. Anyone can claim anyone else as their dependent, so what's the difference? I'm also sure the Great State of Arkansas officially "recognizes" my marriage too, but frankly I don't give a shit what the State of Arkansas recognizes. If they tell me my name is Roger and I am from Delaware then okay. Who cares? My life is still exactly the same. I don't need anyones official recognition of anything for it to be real.

Now, like I said before, the kid's got a point about the pledge. I think the pledge is total bullshit right from the start, actually. I am not pledging my allegiance to anything except Jesus and my family. If my country tries to get in between either of those things, me and my family (and Jesus, possibly) will be on the first flight out of here.

And saying that there is "liberty and justice for all" doesn't make it true. Like the guy from CNN says in the clip, same-sex marriage keeps coming up for the vote and state after state keeps shooting it down. So unfortunately, that's just where we are right now. The people of the United States have decided that gays and lesbians should not be allowed to marry, even though straight couples can do whatever the hell they want. Say what you will about right and wrong, but equality is equality, it's sort of an all-or-nothing type thing. If we are going to vote against equality, then we can't say that we find all people equal. Or we can, but we have to know that we are liars.

I'm sure this will change eventually, just like all other things have changed in the past. Women got the vote, slavery got abolished, etc. I'm not saying it will be easy, but it will happen sooner or later. I am not going to join the fight for it because I honestly don't care what the government thinks. I officially disagree with the government about a lot of things. If you are gay and you want to marry your homeboy, go for it. I'll even shoot the wedding for you.

But screw the pledge, it doesn't mean anything to me. How many of you would literally take a bullet for your country? Not me dude. I've got a family. That may sound selfish, but its true.

We Are Wasting Our Time

What do you want more of in your life?What do you want less of?

Why aren't we doing more of what we want and less of what we don't?

Why?

The fact that people do things they don't want to do, and don't do things they specifically want to do, completely confuddles me.

I understand that some people have shitty jobs that they hate, and some people literally can't get out of those jobs. But I have a feeling that most people never really try to get out of them. They use their jobs as an excuse to keep doing nothing. Or they aren't sure what they want to do, so they never do anything.

But to that I say bullshit.

How many people say "Man, I really need to quit smoking." and then light up another cigarette? I know addiction is a powerful thing, but it can't be that powerful. It really can't. If it is then mankind is surely doomed. Why do you keep buying cigarettes? Why do you keep lighting them and smoking them? How do you intend to quit if you are not quitting? It makes no sense to me. Is this really what is happening to our society? Because that is pretty depressing. Are we really that powerless? Or are we just completely lazy?

Either way I think it's fairly easy to admit that something is wrong here. Being addicted to smoking is one issue, but it sets the stage for this huge waste of potential that is happening all over the place.

Make a list of things that you do on a daily or weekly basis, and then make a list of things you wish you did on a daily or weekly basis. Compare the lists. And then make a list of things you are sick of doing on a daily or weekly basis.

Now do it.

One time I was drinking a nice mug of coffee on a really cold day in Fayetteville and I saw a friend of mine on campus and stopped to chat for a second. I was sipping my warm coffee and she said

"Man, that looks good. I wish I could drink coffee."

"Why can't you?" I asked.

"I don't like it." She said.

What? That makes no sense to me. None whatsoever. Number one - you can drink coffee; number two - if you don't like it, why would you want to drink it? There are plenty of other satisfying hot drinks for a cold winters day.

So here is my advice for life:

1. Do what you want.

2. Stop doing what you don't want.

Does that make sense? Is it simple enough? If it seems like too much, just focus on number one, then move on to number two when you are ready.

But, why wouldn't you be ready?

To steal a line from my brother - more TK