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Commentary :: Human Rights
There Go The Log Cabins
25 Feb 2004
Bush's advisors have him attempting to divert attention from other things...
There go the Log Cabins. President George W. Bush is making a classic election-year diversionary strike. With enough bad news out there to get any president fired, he apparently consulted with his campaign strategists and decided that it was worth the risk as he has boldly ventured into choppy political waters. What has he done now, the blissful may wonder? Start another war? Eliminate taxes on corporate media? Declare McCarthy's birthday to be a paid government holiday?

No, silly... He has announced his desire to see a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, the likes of which we've been seeing in San Francisco of late. We've all heard by now the exhaustive points of view that conservatives hold on this issue. And I agree with most of their points; marriage is a cultural function that has promulgated civilization for a long time now. Thus, two people of the same sex being "married" strikes me as less than reasonable. Matrimony, however conducted, is a social pact between a man and a woman for the purpose of bearing children and ensuring stable environments in which to grow future generations of citizens, who will thus carry forward the torch of our greatness, whether they are gay or straight.

It is Bush's actual words on this issue that may just raise the specter of tyranny that you've read about for so long in this space but likely never had the courage to believe exists. Bush is a frightening man, not because he opposes gay marriage, but because he really hasn't got a clue as to why the Constitution was created. That makes him absolutely unfit to hold the office in which he seeks to remain.

"The voice of the people must be heard," he said (since only 41 percent of Americans responded positively when asked if they favored a Constitutional ban, one has to wonder what voices Bush is hearing). "After more than two centuries of American jurisprudence, and millennia of human experience, a few judges and local authorities are presuming to change the most fundamental institution of civilization," he went on. "If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America."

Read your Constitution. Think about Prohibition. Read it. Stare at the large print, preferably a copy with the Founding Fathers' own penmanship, until it soaks into your head. This document screams freedom, and nothing else. It separates Americans from the rest of the world in a simple and methodical fashion. The good men who framed the Constitution were quite deliberate in doing so. They went out of their way not to confuse anyone, even the readily confused, about its meaning.

The Tenth Amendment is a good example of those many one-liners that were so popular back in the day: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. No such power to ban gay marriage has been delegated to the U. S. by the supreme law of the land, and neither has the Constitution ever banned any gay marriages from taking place. Therefore, this is an issue to be decided by the States, or by that great forgotten cog in representative government, "the people".

Even if Bush could strong-arm some form of marital prohibition out of the Congress, it would not pass muster before the Supreme Court, on account of the Ninth Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Then there's the Fourteenth, with all its floral language about such lofty ideals as equal protection under the law.

Marriage is not a federal issue. That said, if it came before me as a voter in Arizona, I would vote against same-sex marriages. Anyway, for all the fever-pitch, this issue is what those hip beltway types dub a "non-starter". Even if Bush isn't very good at math, the Founding Fathers were. While Republicans in the House will predictably lick his hands, roll over and offer up any bill that Bush wants, there will be no two-thirds majority in the Senate, which is required to ratify any amendment to the Constitution. Whatever the Bushies slaver for in this regard, it's never going to reach his ornate desk.

This is all a convenient smoke-screen for a president who seeks to energize his far-right base, especially given the lack of enthusiasm for Bush these days. While he may not have a Republican Primary in which to ooze his views to the party faithful, he still has our stump from which to preach to the choir. Besides, this is the sort of thing that will keep other headlines at bay, stuff like the one from this morning: Two Killed as U.S. Copter Crashes in Iraq.

While the far-right whack-jobs will love all this tough rhetoric, horror of historic proportions should be creeping up the backs of traditional conservatives, who favor less shepherding from Washington, not more. They're beginning to realize that George W. Bush doesn't know enough about the Constitution to want to ban anything, much less a States-rights issue like gay marriage. Going into an election-year nosedive, this president doesn't even understand the constraints of his own $250,000-a-year job.
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25 Feb 2004
E-Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y...Something a drunkin', coke sniffing, AWOL from reserves, rich boy wouldn't know.
Dipshits like Bush don't care about being equal. All they care about is stealing, lying and cheating everyone.
And if everyone is so concerned about the courts. How come no one bitched about the Supreme Court stepping in on the Florida election count? (Which Bush lost...)