Thursday, February 03, 2005

Dumbest Thing I've Ever Heard

I got a little swept up in the grandeur of the SOTU last night, but this morning after reading the papers, I remember why I don't like the President.

The Federal Marriage Amendment is about the single stupidest thing I've heard in my life. Honestly, how can you sit there with a straight face and talk about the "sanctity of marriage" in a country with a 50% divorce rate? A country that brings you TV like "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire", "Married by America", and to a lessor extent, "The Bachelor/Bachelorette", which ends in a proposal after two people spend a total of 15 minutes of unscripted time together away from a camera.

Besides that, it's just wrong. We don't take away people's rights in this country, we expand our institutions to be open to new groups - freedom for slaves, voting for women, voting rights for 18-year-old people. We're talking about amending the Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to run for the Presidency. In the face of this expansion of freedoms, we want to close off an institution to a class of people. It just doesn't make sense.

Besides that, what business is it of the Federal Government to define "marriage". A friend from Baltimore, a life-long Republican, described it best for me this summer when he said he wouldn't vote for George Bush:

"We're in a war, we've got internal security issues, we're spending money like crazy, and he's up there talking about gay marriage, abortion and going to Mars! What the f**k?"

This stuff is so far off the list of important items it's not even funny. This is the equivalent of my company's CEO coming to talk to me about my TPS reports!

L-Hack, you wonder why I can't stand the Christian Right - this is why. Last month, there was not going to be an FMA; they were content to let states do what they wanted under the DOMA. Jerry Falwell and James Dobson get all fired up, and now it's back on the agenda. This stuff wastes cycles - they're wasting America's time and tax dollars even talking about this issue.

Look, if the Christian Right wants to have a debate about the benefits and problems of an "Ownership Society" like the Catholic Church seems to want to discuss, I could give them some respect. Religion provides a moral and ethical framework that should be brought to bear on IMPORTANT policy decisions.

Note the use of the word IMPORTANT - the FMA isn't important, it isn't even worth one iota of Congressional time.

One more thing: if I hear the words "activist judges" one more time I'm going to scream. Since the Republicans fancy themselves as the real party of civil rights, weren't the judges in Brown v. Board of Education "activist judges"? So it's OK to be "activist", as long as that activism is in support of your agenda, like in Bush v. Gore? Shut up about "activist judges" already.


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