Wednesday, June 07, 2006

This Makes Me Mad, So I’ll Keep It Short

I have spent the last several days watching Republican Senators making speeches about marriage and what a great institution it is and how it must be protected from gay people.  Apparently, homosexuality is such a threat to this country that it warrants amending our constitution to ensure that it is never legitimized through marriage.  Of course there wasn’t enough support for this drastic move, but making it the law of the land was never really the purpose anyway.  

I cannot adequately convey just how angry I am after viewing these sickening displays of pandering and attempts to appeal to the worst tendencies that we as humans have toward fear and bigotry.  My only solace is that the people it was meant to impress, those oh-so-precious values voters, seem to understand that it was all a show anyway.  Even through their fear and hostility toward those who are different, they were able to see that this Republican Senatorial stunt was nothing more than the most cynical use of their office for purely political gain.  I hope this shameful exercise comes back and bites them on the ass.  As far as I’m concerned, Republicans have been downgraded from corrupt and greedy to downright vile.


Anonymous Payne said...

Its failure to pass is actually a bad thing for Democrats. The Republicans hoped that it would not pass at this time so it would galvanize some of the base it had and lost over the war issues. Now they can count on this single issue to cast votes for their candidates. Single issue voters- be it abortion, gay rights, or even Anti-War, what ever- is like money in the vote bank. The Republicans just created their second. Liberals by definition are not single issue voters because they, we- us, have educated minds that weigh many issues before deciding.

Remember the great quote from John Kennedy- a Democrat:
“If by ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, somneone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties– someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal,’ then I’m proud to say I’m a ‘Liberal.”

JFK was proud and so am I.

Ps- Glad I reminded you on the electric car movie. Can’t wait to see that one too.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous D. J. said...

The Republicans called the vote because they knew it wasn't going to pass. But an amendment might actually get some traction in the state legislatures. Anyway, the gay marriage debate is, first and foremost, a religious freedom issue.

It is, very simply, a question of whether non-Christians (or more accurately, non-evangelical Christians) ought to have the freedom to blaspheme according to the religious beliefs of half of the country. If it remains legal to reject Jesus as your lord and savior, it ought to be legal to marry within your gender. And the evangelicals fighting gay marriage are keenly aware of this.

6:43 PM  
Blogger bj said...

It's otherworldly to watch. The stock market is tanking; we are at war; hurricane season is appraoching. While American burns, the Republicans are making political points by spewing bigotry and hate. Out here on the west coast, I can almost pretend that it comes from the Onion. Almost, until I think about the people I know who love each other, love their child, and know that the hate is directed at them. Then, it's rip your heart out sad.

8:30 PM  
Blogger msliberty said...

Came across your blog by accident today, and have enjoyed reading your thoughts.

Thank you.

10:50 PM  

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