Monday, November 3, 2008
Propostion Me Not, Baby
Dear Winky -
What's up with your party and gay people? Why do you care? Do they threaten you in some way? Prevent you from making a living? Accost your children? Stop you from worshiping God the way you wish? Statistics say different. Has someone been harmed by gay people getting married? I haven't seen it in the news, and I watch and read a lot of news. I mean, you don't have to be gay if you don't want to. And they sure don't have to be what you are.
Most importantly, if Proposition 8 is passed - what will Mr. Sulu do? He sat in front of that plastic console for years, pushing buttons that didn't do anything, just to entertain us - and now you would deny him security in his relationship?
Word has it, as we speak, hundreds of Christianist preachers and millions of dollars are being shoved into California to support the ban on gay marriage. That means you right-wing guys want a state law based on your interpretation of religious doctrine, which - as our pal, girl du jour, would tell you - is against the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. That bit about "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." - remember?
Now, top of my head, I can think of 23 different positive ways that money and manpower could be spent to actually benefit Americans' lives. Send them all down to New Orleans, say - or Galveston. Better yet - how about sending those folks and money over to help the families of the 200,000-plus innocent Iraqi civilians Your President said God told him to kill, illegally, and for no reason? Wouldn't that be more in line with the teachings of Christ? I think so.
You know, there's a big ol' corporation over there in California - it's called Disney. Maybe you've heard of it. Very important to the local economy. Well, for decades, now, the Disney Corporation has had common-sense rules in place regarding same-sex partnerships of their employees. All kinds of areas: insurance, hospitalization, property, etc.
What's your problem, then? Think. Not enough bigotry and hate in those solutions? Think. Not close enough to intolerance for you? Think. Are you mad because the Supreme Court upheld the law supporting gay marriage? Think. Why do you think they felt they needed a law in the first place? God gave you a brain - think. Because of your party's caustic righteous indignation? Think. Because they knew members of your party - bible in one hand, flag in the other - would lie, cheat, steal - even murder - to prevent what you interpret as a besmirchment of God's Will? Think. Did not God make gay people, too? Think about it.
And while we're on the subject, Winks - you think all those kings in the Old and New Testaments were fucking women? The Greeks sure weren't - nor the Romans. I'm thinkin' maybe not. Maybe you ought to read a little more history.
Maybe people are people. And, as long as they behave civilly, pay their taxes, and don't hurt one another, they ought to have the freedom to live the way they wish - free from the persecution of intolerant religious knuckleheads. There seems to be many things in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights that cover those freedoms, as opposed to yours.
Your party, though, keeps reading these documents in ways that I always find shockingly ignorant. Your pals, Bush and Rove, et. al., wanted to build a Conservative Dynasty based, in good part, on the notion that, if you are against the Republican Party - you are against God. Being a Liberal Democrat who also happens to believe in God, I take that a little personal. In return, what they gave us was an Administration so vile and morally bankrupt, it makes the one Nixon had look like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
In short, your party just doesn't care about human life - be it Iragi or gay or African American - unless it meets your exacting standard of behavior. But your standards of behavior are un-Christian and anti-American. So, why, indeed, would you give a damn if gay people get equal protection under the law, and health insurance?
Just ask Mr. Jefferson. Or Mr. Madison. Or Mr. Adams. Or, especially, Mr. Franklin - he used to fuck anything that breathed. Got a feeling he wouldn't've gotten behind Prop 8.
Just a thought,
P.S. By the by, Ol' Newt forgets that a great many judges over our history have taken opposing views to the electorate - Civil Rights and Roe v. Wade, to name two areas - because they thought it better for the nation as a whole. And Newt, himself, has had a very interesting relationship to the institution of marriage. You can look it up.