The late, great Sir Charles “Charlie” Chaplin gave this powerful, moving speech at the end of his film, The Great Dictator (1940). I would like to show you the clip from the movie and also include the speech in text. What does this inspire in you? How do you think this could have impacted life if people had truly listened to his words and taken them to heart? How is what he proclaims true? How have we failed or succeeded in these goals and ideals?
I found this during a google search on the legal issues surrounding the homosexual marriage debate. Couldn’t help but be amused! I wish there was a source, but I couldn’t find one.
1. Homosexuality is not natural, much like eyeglasses, polyester, and birth control. [Or in-vitro fertilization, food preservatives, and shoes –J.]
2. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Infertile couples and old people can’t legally get married because the world needs more children.
3. Obviously, gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage is allowed, since Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage was meaningful.
5. Heterosexual marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are property, blacks can’t marry whites, and divorce is illegal.
6. Gay marriage should be decided by people, not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the rights of the minorities.
7. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
8. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
9. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
10. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why single parents are forbidden to raise children.
11. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society. Heterosexual marriage has been around for a long time, and we could never adapt to new social norms because we haven’t adapted to things like cars or longer life-spans.
12. Civil unions, providing most of the same benefits as marriage with a different name are better, because a “separate but equal” institution is always constitutional. Separate schools for African-Americans worked just as well as separate marriages for gays and lesbians will.
For folks who don’t understand humor, this is tongue-in-cheek, and it is not my own work.
-the eye-rolling management
Today the House easily passed a resolution to denounce the President’s intention to send thousands more troops to Iraq. Myriad arguments were heard on the floor of that famous room, and one of them is particularly moving. I don’t know about you, but Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) won my vote with this accurate and picturesque analogy about what this resolution would do to the troops already in Iraq:
Could you picture Davy Crockett at the Alamo, looking at his Blackberry, getting a message from Congress? “Davy Crockett, we support ya… The only thing is, we are not going to send any troops.” I’m sure that would really be impressive to Davy Crockett …
To see a video of this awe-inspiring message, check out this blog entry.
Thank you, Rep. Akin, for making it clear to all of us that the technological revolution of the last century did more than just make the world a smaller, better place; it also made time travel possible. So much for the flux capacitor. We also know that brand placement even exists within the sacred walls of the Capitol. What’s next? Are we going to rename it the Capitol One building? Will we be hearing soon about the The Converse Congress? The SlimFast Senate?
At least now I know what PDA not to use. We know how Davy ended up, don’t we?