I’ve been watching a recent political drama unfold recently. I’ve been hesitant to write much about it for two reasons. 1) The issue is highly charged and can easily turn very ugly. and 2) The cards hadn’t been played until today.
Note: This is a political post. This is not a moral nor religious post. While it may be inevitable that the conversation may stray from the political perspective, it is my
hope insistence that it remain semi-civil. Lewdness will not be tolerated.
As we all know, today, the president came out in favor of Gay marriage. This has been orchestrated and building for the last couple of months. And, now there is dancing in the streets and whatnot by the people who favor same sex marriage.
I don’t believe this was orchestrated by the administration. Obama didn’t want to make this statement. Had he wanted to, he would have a long time ago. And, if he was waiting for the optimal time to make political points, the timing today couldn’t have been worse for him. This was thrust upon him by his base. He had to make this statement and soon. For people who haven’t been watching, go here and sift through the archives.
Romney stated, today, that marriage is between a man and a woman. He didn’t have a lot of options, either. A large part of his base would have insisted on this statement soon anyway.
So, here the country is, with a nice delineation between presidential candidates. Which, is entirely symbolic. Marriage licenses are issued by the states. These statements have no bearing on reality. This wedge issue was forced by the extreme left. I can only imagine they think this will score political points for Obama in an attempt to cast Romney as a hard right candidate.
Here’s why this backfires. This issue comes up before the various states constantly. And, they are constantly shot down at the polls. For those still not paying attention, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman. Yesterday! How stupid is that? North Carolina is the 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
This will only be seen as a slap in the face to the North Carolina voters. Up until today, North Carolina was seen as a swing state (a state that could go either way), but would probably end up voting for Obama. I think this changes things there. And, NC carries significant weight in the electoral college.
Supporters of same sex marriage are the most vocal. Opposition to it isn’t. These pronouncements are close enough to the election for people who deeply care about this issue that they won’t forget. For those who don’t deeply care, but have sympathies for same sex marriage, this will be long forgotten…….. unless. Unless this is made to be a presidential election issue. In which case, it would irk the heck out of the electorate.
As I’ve stated a few times in the past, I don’t agree with the lifestyle. But, I don’t dwell on it. If someone wishes to live that way, it isn’t for me to say whether they can or can’t, nor is it for anyone else. I’ll leave that between them and God. As far as the institution of marriage goes, it’s been so debased by now, I’m not sure that the “license” holds any resemblance to what it is suppose to mean. If it did, I’d probably be more animated about the issue, but it doesn’t, for the most part.
And, this brings us to the crux of the political side of this issue. If we are to have a 6 month nation wide discussion on this issue, I’ll be so pissed that I’ll actively seek out anyone who made this a wedge issue (extreme leftists and their enablers) and actively campaign against them.
While we’ve got people obsessed with a piece of paper with some idiotic seal on it which in today’s world means nothing other than an additional tax option, we’ve got wars going on. We’ve got an employment participation rate lower than it’s been since 1981! We’ve got unelected bureaucrats running roughshod over our energy and fuel sector. We’ve got a foodstamp president that thinks the answer to that problem is to send more money its way. After nearly 4 years we still have millions of people upsidedown on their houses. We’ve got an education system sucking so much capital out of our system, that its only competitor for federal money is that damned foodstamp program! We’ve got a border so porous that if the imbecilic terrorists had an operating synapse we’d all be blown to bits by now! We’re still pumping $billions into solutions to the imaginary problem of global warming and paying ideologues pretending to be scientists who people are still listening to. We’ve got a significant percentage of our young people occupying….. space, thinking they’re entitled to something. And these assholes want to talk about a symbolic, meaningless statement from our presidential candidates? Why don’t you guys and gals put that stuff aside for a bit and let’s work on some real problems this country faces.