Respect carries you far in pretty much every industry aside from politics and even then it can carry you far. The argument of respect has been argued on both sides of the issue on Prop 8. Those opposed want the government to respect their rights as citizens of California and allow them the optional right of marriage. An option that straights have and want respected on the Yes side of the issue. They want marriage to be respected and solidified between a man and woman.
It comes down to the basic idea of respect on both sides of the issue.
But here's where Yes breaks down, again, for me. They have no concept of respect. To be precise, they have no respect for children. Ironic, right? Being that one of the cornerstones of their campaign was to protect children from being mandated to be exposed to gay marriage. They just forgot to extend their protection of children from their own marketing. In late October, parents of children featured in ads in support of Yes on 8 showed imagery of children. Imagery filmed during a field trip
organized by parents of 18 first-graders at a public charter school in
San Francisco. A field trip that every parent had to sign permission slips and could opt out of. The parents of those children balked and wanted their imagery removed from the ads because the parents did not give consent. Turns out, when it comes to political ads, you don't need the parents consent to show imagery of children. They tried to appeal to the Legislature, but that will prove too little too late. So, the parents did the only thing they could and appeal to Frank Schubert, the campaign manager of Yes on 8, to remove their kids from those lie-filled ads.
"I want to ask him how he would feel if his children were manipulated like this." She [the parent] wanted to appeal to him as a moral human being. "This is our last hope,"
But Schubert wouldn't talk to them. In fact, Schubert called security and had them escorted from the building.
The attorney for Schubert and Yes on 8 responded with a letter taking no responsibility for use of the footage, in turn, placing the blame on the parents for allowing their children to be filmed in the first place and being used as "props" in the debate. The letter also called the marriage a "staged publicity stunt".
See, he didn't have to use the imagery of the children, he chose to. He chose to continue using them without paying them a cent. He chose to use those children as pawns. He chose the low road.
So, if you support Yes on 8, this is your man. This is your leader. Your beacon. Bask in his glow. But be assured of one thing, this man lacks respect. For anyone. He has shown himself to be a vile coward and a nightmare of human being. "Oh, Andrew, don't name call, that won't get you anywhere." If it was your kid, you'd do much worse. If it was my kid or a friend of mine's kid, there wouldn't be any sum too high for me to spend taking Frank Schubert to court. I would do everything in my power to lobby for the same kind of simple rules my wife has to abide to when they have children on set, that every political ad, regardless of content, has to adhere to: a basic form of legality when using talent. Because if you don't, this is what you get. Adults using children, against their will, for their own subhuman purposes.
So, from this point on, if you supported Yes on 8 and don't denounce the despicable actions of your famed leader, I have no respect for you. None. Don't come to my house, don't be anywhere near me. Because you're a hypocrite. You're a liar and you're disrespectful to your fellow human being.