Yes, she's strange and different...but not THAT different.

04 September 2007


I've been kind of under the weather since late last week, but I think I'm on the mend now because I've come up with some solutions to a few of the country's problems. Well, either I'm getting well or fever delirium has set in.

Let's start with marriage - with same-gender marriage, to be exact. If marriage is going to be legislatively defined as being between one man and one woman (bypassing for now the problems inherent in defining "man" and "woman") based on religious reasoning, then let's go all the way. Let's continue the religious reasoning and say that if you get married, then you're married until you die. Oh, not until your partner dies, until YOU die. Forever. Let's just make divorce illegal for married people. But let's simultaneously implement a non-religious civil structure that allows two people, regardless of their gender, to share their lives, with all the current benefits accruing to the religious structure of marriage. And regardless of what we call that civil arrangement - domestic partnership, civil union, flapdoodle toe-tangling - that setup would allow for the dissolution of the arrangement since it would make allowances for human nature. That way, the religious folks would have marriage - forever - as their way to express their commitment and those prohibited from marriage - same-gendered, unwilling to make a life-long commitment, etc. - would have theirs. I wonder how many people would get married with that system in place.

Moving right along to abortion: let's end the debate. Let's put it up to a national vote. Wait, wait just a minute! This would be a different kind of vote. It would be an open ballot, not a secret one. Everyone in the country over the age of 18 would vote on the single question: "Should abortion be legal?" and everyone's vote would be recorded. If the majority of voters decide that abortion should be legal, then abortion would be allowed for all pregnant women in the country with no questions asked. However, if the majority of voters decide that abortion should not be legal, then everyone in the country over 18 would be placed on a national adoption list. Then everyone who voted for legalizing abortion would be removed from that list unless they specifically requested to stay on it. Note that those who chose not to vote would therefore be on the list, too. Thereafter, abortion would be illegal in all states; pregnant women would be required to deliver their babies. But if a woman did not want her child, a person chosen at random from the adoption list would be required to adopt that child at birth. The choice of keeping or adopting out the child would be made by only the mother before delivery. The issue could even be voted on at intervals, like every 20 years, as new generations mature.

I'm still working on domestic violence, poverty and world hunger.

  • On 9/04/2007 3:42 PM, Blogger Howard said…

    That is brilliant! Truly. I'm not even being sarcastic.

  • On 9/04/2007 4:10 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    These seem like sensible solutions to me. Fair's fair. ;-)

  • On 9/04/2007 5:15 PM, Blogger cathouse teri said…

    HOW in the world can we possibly find solutions so simply? I mean we have GOT to consider the effect on the economy. The impact on our national safety. To name just TWO reasons why we must consider so so so so so so so so many other things!

    You silly, silly woman! :)

    Teri loves you.

  • On 9/04/2007 6:43 PM, Blogger Hammer said…

    There are so many people on waiting lists for years to adopt babies and just as many aborting because they don't want to carry.

    There isn't a solution to make everyone happy.

    However, personally, I think the government should stay out of our bodies, bedrooms and wallets.

  • On 9/05/2007 2:36 PM, Anonymous tonya said…

    vote Jami - president of the united states of america.

  • On 9/05/2007 4:54 PM, Blogger Jami said…

    Teri - Jami loves you too, but Jami starts to worry when she refers to herself in the third person.

    Hammer - with ya on that!

    Tonya - thanks for the sentiment but that is NOT a job I would want! I'm not into either power or stress. (and where's your blog at nowadays?)

  • On 9/05/2007 7:29 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    BTW, Jami, your solutions became fodder for really interesting dinner table conversation last night. DH and DS were fascinated with those ideas and went around and around discussing how to put it into practice, etc. Thanks for such stimulating ideas!

  • On 9/05/2007 8:48 PM, Blogger soccer mom in denial said…

    Marriage equality - done in my state.

    Abortion rights - pretty good shape.

    We even turned down federal money requiring sex ed be abstinance only.

    Not that I'm bragging or anything....

  • On 9/06/2007 7:23 AM, Blogger Sher said…

    Honey you know how I enjoy getting married as often as I possibly can. Your system would ruin my fun.


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