June 7th, 2006

monk john

Don't you want somebody to fear?

Ah, so the Federal Marriage Amendment died again in the Senate. Didn't even make it to a full floor vote, (Which was good, as considering it lost votes this time, it would have been even more embarassing for Dubya than it already is. I bet getting slapped like that leaves a mark).

My favorite part is this paragraph from Yahoo's article:

"The Republican leadership is asking us to spend time writing bigotry into the Constitution," said Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) of Massachusetts, which legalized gay marriage in 2003. "A vote for it is a vote against civil unions, against domestic partnership, against all other efforts for states to treat gays and lesbians fairly under the law."

In response, Hatch fumed: "Does he really want to suggest that over half of the United States Senate is a crew of bigots?"

No Senator Hatch, I don't think he did. Nor do I think that half the U.S. Senate is a crew of bigots. Oh some of them certainly are, Rick Santorum among them, and probably their leader. But to be a bigot requires more sincerity than you see in Washington. This wasn't bigotry, this was presidential pandering to the only group he has left firmly on his side, namely the far right wing. Bush has lost the moderates, and even the generic conservatives aren't happy with him. The war is not uniting the country behind his leadership, and the growing flow of sleaze coming out of the Republican party, i.e. DeLay, Abramoff, Libby, et al, the spectacular fuckups in Iraq, i.e. Haditha, Hamandiya, Abu Ghirab, the growing unrest in Afghanistan, Katrina, etc., is making it really suck to be Dubya right now.

So what does a strong leader do? Collapse )

The only reason Bush is pushing this is because it's a hot button that gets people all excited, so they forget about other things that are vexing him, like Iraq, Valerie Plame, etc. It's pandering to fear of the other, and knee - jerk bigotry. It's a wish for the good old days when we could hate darkies, and kikes, and chinks, and injuns, and jews, 'cause now all we gots is fags, and we can't even lynch them anymore. It's a calculated manipulation of the American public to distract them from actual problems. To be blunt, Bush is pushing this because he thinks we're too damned dumb to figure it out.

It would be real cool to prove him wrong.