Sunday, Jul. 11, 2004 - 5:12 a.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Bush Speaks in Absolutes... Gay Marriage Once Again
Well, I had a great time at the party once I got there. more later.
But on the radio was Bush's voice intoning certainty and urging unilateral haste on the gay marriage constitutional ammendment. So I bring you this link Bush Urges Passage of Gay Marriage Ban
Am I the only one who notices how Bush speaks in absolutes? "Our nation has no choice" "The only solution is" "if blah blah blah, then blah blah blah" "The only alternative left to the people is Constitional Amendment"
This is the same sort of speak that got American into war on Iraq. There were no other choices. Time was of the essence. America and its values were in imminent danger. There was no waiting. No discussing. No complexities, or room for alternative opinions.
Funny how that turned out to be all lies, and the solution was worse than the problem. More people have died, there have been more terrorist attacks than before in the past year. The world is not safer. The Iraqi people now are afraid to go to the corner store, to go to work, to send their children out to play. There are snipers and bombs.
And no weapons of mass destruction.
Let's see. We'll protect society's stability by "protecting marriage" ... an institution that creates stability by turning volatile human emotions and personal promises into legal and religious binding responsibilities and commitment. By "protecting" it, we mean restricting access to it, so fewer people can be in stable legal relationships. How exactly does that expand the basis of society's stability?? If your Dad is gay and living with a man, how is your family more stable by the fact that they cannot get married.
Mmmm. Yes, this "only solution" which the nation "has no choice"... (hello, the Land of the Free has a president who states that the nation has no choice? no choice is a dictatorship, not a democracy)... KEEPS responsible adults from pledging committment to each other. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
That's like saying we'll only allow people over 18 to stop smoking or something. If marriage supplies stability to society through linking men and women to each other, tell me how it doesn't supply stability to link men and men or women and women. If an adult stopping smoking is good, a minor stopping smoking is just as good, if not better. But no, we'd rather think that gays and lesbians and smoking minors don't exist because they are BAD BAD BAD. (hehe, you'd think that the CONSERVATIVE anti-gay-lifestyle people would be the ones CLAMOURING for gay marriage, to cut down on the disease-producing promiscuity they are always claiming gays live... I mean they seem to think it is the cure for wild-oats-sowing young straight men, why not for gay men????)
Enough of that.
But I am sure that one reason Bush is so popular is that he speaks in exactly these tones of certainty. It is so calming to have no choice, to have only one logical path that we must follow out of necessity. If there is only one truth, we don't have to sit in the jury room discussing the evidence, weighing the sides and the outcomes, the punishments and the guilt. We are not responsible for being informed and making a decision ourselves, with the weight that is on our shoulders. Nope. We are not responsible for letting the suspect go, or condemning him to life in prison...the judge told us we are left with no choice. We are not responsible for the nice people down the street who cannot get married though they lived together as partners for twenty years. The president told us we are left with no choice. There is only one solution. We are saving the nation. We are saving society. Damn the real people.
I wonder if that is what Hitler told the German people. It seems so logical if you don't have to think, just listen to those final statements, nod and vote.
I wish tonight, a voice of democracy and freedom of thought, choice of action and enshrinement of liberty for the American people. You certainly don't have much of it now.
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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