Top Of My Head

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Date: November 18, 2010

Why is Bristol Palin apologizing?

I saw this article that Bristol Palin is apologizing for rants that she and her sister posted on Facebook.  And, all I can say is, why?  The article didn’t list exactly what the rants said, but isn’t that part of her Freedom of Speech?  Why should she have to apologize?  And, certainly, she shouldn’t have to apologize for her kid sister, Willow.  Willow’s 16, I think if she felt that an apology was necessary, she would make it.

I think we’re going a little too far in this apology business.  Someone says something that someone else finds offensive and the first someone apologizes.  Well, what a bunch of bull.  You said it, stand by it!  Besides, I don’t ever believe those apoligies are sincere anyway.  Public apologies are offerred to make the public happy – that’s why their public.  I’m not saying that Bristol isn’t sincere, how would I know?  And, how would she know?  Who is sincere at 18 or 19 years old anyway?

So, let’s call a truce on apologies.  Let’s all try to say what we mean and what we believe.  If we find out later that our beliefs were wrong, then say, “Hey, sorry about that, I had my head up my ass and I was wrong.”

And, let’s grow some thicker skins out there.  If someone says something you find offensive – especially if they’re a celebrity – don’t buy the products they endorse or watch the shows their on.  Send them a message that you think they’ve got their head shoved so far up their rear end that they need a glass stomach to see.  But, don’t expect an apology.  I’m pretty tired of them.

How about you?

Killing Marriage

There’s an article on MSNBC that quotes a new survey about marriage.  According to the article, 4 in 10 people believe that marriage is becoming obsolete.  By my calculations, that works out to 40% of the people out there.

Ironic, isn’t it?

At a time when gay people are screaming for our rights to be married, 40% of straight people aren’t feeling the need to get married.  All of those anti-gay marriage groups keep proclaiming that you have to stop gay marriage in order to protect marriage.  I think they need to change their tune and their focus.

Instead of picking on the people who want to marry, they should start taking a good look at those people who don’t want or don’t feel the need to get married.  Maybe, they should hold Pro-marriage rallies for straight people and let them know the advantages of marriage.

And, there are plenty of advantages to be married, including inheritance rights, health care decision making and tax advantages.  Married couples – when the marriage works – offer a  stable environment for their families and friends.  Saving money on your taxes is a good thing, as well, so why wouldn’t straight people want to get married?

It makes no sense at all.

What does make sense is that the decline of the idea of marriage as an institution to which one would want to strive cannot be blamed on us gay people.

To straights every where:  Start working to save your marriages!

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