Gay Marriage and Political Expediency
In a not-so-unexpected turn of events, President Obama announced that, despite being against it in the last election, he now supports same-sex marriage. I’m not sure who really believed he was against gay marriage even then but, today, it’s more politically expedient to be for it than to be against it. The topic also conveniently diverts attention once again away from the economy and on to social issues. The zombie media is already all over it, unquestioningly embracing his “evolved” views with open arms.
I think most people who know me, know that I lean politically to the far right. In fact, I lean so far right that, although I’m not necessarily FOR gay marriage, I’m certainly not AGAINST it.
I know I’m going to get flack for that but, hear me out first. Constitutionally, the federal government has absolutely no grounds to govern marriage at all. At the very least, it’s a state issue. At the very most, it’s a personal liberty issue. If the government can control something that personal, what can’t they control?
I hate it when conservatives talk out of both sides of their mouth. They argue against intrusive government. That is, until it’s an issue they want the government to intrude on. Gay marriage is one of those issues. They want to have their cake and to eat it, too.
Either we want government to tell us how to live our lives or we don’t. We can’t call for smaller government one day, and then call for the government to regulate something as personal and close to home as marriage the next. Make up your damn minds, which is it?
I really do understand all the arguments – the Bible, the sanctity of marriage, the loss of our values. I really do. But when we try to force our values through legislation, are we any better than the liberals? When they try to legislate their values, like animal rights and environmental policy, we jump up and down and holler about our liberty and our property rights.
But isn’t that the beauty of this country? That people with different belief systems can come together and live as neighbors, as fellow citizens? Isn’t that what we are trying to preserve and defend?
As for Obama and his flip-flopping on the issue of gay marriage, does he really think we’re that dumb? Does he really think we believe that after much soul-searching thought, he has “evolved” into someone more sympathetic to gay couples? More likely his evolution was based on recent polls showing that, for the first time ever, more of the population supports legalizing gay marriage than opposes it. It also, once again, is another smoke and mirrors play to divert the conversation away from the economy.