There I am, writing about why America is so conservative and the development of the political right over the last few decades and we get Bush giving us a perfect example of ‘The Right Nation’ and juggling such an ungainly but powerful coalition of the willing.
For those of you that don’t know, it’s mid-term election time and so in an effort to keep the Moral Majority on board (remember, these chaps are unlikely bed fellows with the neocons and the libertarians that makes up the conservative movement), Bush has backed this frankly ridiculous and deeply offensive anti-gay marriage amendment.
Have people forgotten there’s a war on? A war that’s getting progressively worse and if it turns out to be true, that ordinary Marines (some on a third tour of Iraq) pushed to a murderous rage by the hideous death of a colleague, massacred 24 men, women and children at Haditha. Are American people that stupid that a debate on whether same sex marriages are destroying American social fabric (I’d say the war in Iraq is doing a pretty fine job) will distract them from the terrible events that are happening in their name?
I hope not. Gay marriage doesn’t harm anybody, no matter what George W. Bush and the Moral Majority say, there are far more troubling issues in the United States that are deserving of discussion in the Senate.
And this is the kind of thing that gives politics a bad name, first off its utterly polarising and partisan, a wedge issue to divide and conquer; making political debate look all frothy mouthed and hysterical (on both sides may I add); it's also a transparent smokescreen for events in Iraq and an ugly shaped bone tossed to the Christian Right to make sure they vote the right way. Why is it wrong for people of the same sex to marry if they love one another? The sanctity of marriage is not being destroyed by gays and lesbians but by people (of any sexuality) who rush into the ultimate act of commitment without fully considering the responsibility involved in dedicating your life to one person and loving them forever.
And guess when the last time this issue was bought up (I hate how legislation that effects people’s personal lives and means of showing love for one another is used as a political device)? During the 2004 election, where it was on the ballot in 13 states.
THIS IS TRANSPARENT EVEN TO THE MOST NAÏVE PERSON!
You know, American people are actually a tolerant lot, polls show only a small majority of Americans still oppose gay marriage with only 42 percent in favour of the amendment; with the percentage getting lower as the age bracket of those polled drops.
Let’s just hope America doesn’t embarrass itself again…