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Why I support Barack Obama think Initiative 1000 needs support
Why I support Barack Obama think Initiative 1000 needs support
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

It's hard to believe as I sit here, sleepy-eyed and exhausted, the election that could very well change our world forever - for good or ill, depending on who occupies the White House seat in January next year - is only a week and a half away. Still, I feel confident that the country I believe in - being the student of history and government that I have been all of my life - will not further divide itself by electing two people who clearly stand for the old guard, racist and homophobic mentality that has been an earmark of the last eight years under George W. Bush.

Also, as a genderqueer person, one who has come to enjoying my right to speak out to support my brothers and sisters in struggle and does not take my rights lightly, I feel this election must be something we all come to with firm conviction. We must not let the glam and glitter that has surrounded the McCain/Palin campaign dazzle us so much that we forget these are people who would steal the same progress we have made over the years, nor forget that the battles are long from won or over. Who sits in that seat on Pennsylvania Avenue next year must be someone who is able to navigate a new world, a world where our crises are the world's crises, a world where what decision that person makes affects people everywhere. It particularly affects our GLBTQ community, and can make the difference in situations like the "don't ask/don't tell" law currently keeping thousands of our community from serving in the military when they choose to. It could also affect the age-old battle between the religious right and feminists over a woman's right to choose, something that can have ripple ramifications in even the GLBTQ community as it deals with the basic issue of controlling one's own bodily functions. So it goes without saying that a clear choice for the age we face - a global age where our "backyard" is the whole planet and its entire population, human and animal - is Barack Obama, who has already grasped that concept. True, the mess we're in is hardly something we can expect one person to solve alone, in four years, but I believe, given a chance, Obama will make strides toward the solutions that will bring the ship of our country back to rights. I also feel that while this issue of who will be our next president is important, an initiative closer to home that would give patients (not doctors or the medical system) decision-making powers over their quality of life is one that we must also pass.

This initiative treats death and dying in the logical, compassionate way I believe we must come to look at the end of life if we are to ever rise from the muck of ignorance and focus on not the sentimental or co-dependent fearmongering that seeks to block this logical initiative. After all, if a woman has the right to choose when to terminate the life of a fetus, should not the same rational, and in reality, compassionate thought be given to someone who, after deciding they choose not to suffer more bodily agony, chooses to end their life?

The body dies, and I think that people need to realize the body dying is natural, not some horrible thing to be feared or cowered from, and extend to those who want an end to unbearable suffering a compassion that goes beyond all selfish needs by those who are left behind. It's a good law that has had no "worst-case scenarios" and has already been approved just across the border in Oregon, so what are we really waiting for, and why don't we just pass this law so people can think more on quality of life than quantity of life? It's not a medical conspiracy or a way of eliminating those that matter to us, but a sensible way to look at life and death, and I think it's time we saw Initiative 1000 that way, and gave those who seek relief what they most need. Bottom line: vote, or you can't blame anyone else if things continue to be messed up.
 

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