Friday, September 21, 2007

“I've decided to lead with my heart.”

I started crying one minute in and didn't stop. Watch now.

Jerry Sanders, Mayor of San Diego, reverses 30 years of his own public position in five minutes, choosing to support gay marriage.

I just could not bring myself to tell an entire group of people in our community they were less important, less worthy, or less deserving than the rights and responsibilities of marriage than anyone else, simply because of their sexual orientation.

A decision to veto this resolution would have been inconsistent with the values I've embraced over the last 30 years.
Stunning. Beautiful. Authentic. Deeply human.

In the next one to ten years, more politicians will have this moment.

Ever wondered what the whole world would be like if politicians just told the naked truth? What a person looks like as their entire life shifts?

Now you do... A human being being fully human looks like Jerry Sanders.

Side note: Want to know the difference between liberals and the right-wing?

Compare Jerry Sanders above, telling us his daughter Lisa is gay, and that all he wants is for his baby girl to have what any parent wants -- a great (and legal) marriage like he and his wife have.

Contrast below where Michelle Malkin's shitbags at the Vietnam War memorial, five on one, are kicking Carlos Arredondo, the brown father of a dead marine.

Don't ever let anyone say in your hearing that there's not a difference between us and them, or that it doesn't matter who you vote for. Now shake it off.

Go back and watch Jerry Sanders again.

You know... I don't even know what political party the man's in, but right now I wish I lived in San Diego just so I could vote for him.

Really -- that is what being human looks and sounds like at its finest. Make sure you let it penetrate deep, deep, down into long-term memory.

If you're elected officials aren't delivering that... why the hell not?