Gah! Seriously? Seriously? (Off Topic)
I have made a very sincere attempt to not focus on politics with my blog posts...but on occassion I encounter something so amazingly stupid or reprehensible that I need to vent. My apologies for taking that opportunity here now.
Let's see a "Republican's" view of equality in the U.S.
CNN Video LINK
So...what we have, in brief, is a student asking what the GOP plans to do to better support the LGBT community. Representative Bachmann responds that in the U.S. we don't single out particular groups and provide them with more rights than other groups...everyone is equal under the law. Therefore, the government shouldn't put special priveleges in place for the LGBT community because we're all equal.
In theory, this is a good answer.
The student follows up by asking, if we're all equal, why can't same-sex couples marry. A VERY valid question. Rep. Bachmann, your response?
"They can. They are free to marry someone of the opposite sex"
Seriously? Seriously? That's what she considers equality?
In the U.S. there is a very clear favoring of heterosexuals over homosexuals. There are rights and priveleges for heterosexuals that are protected by U.S. law that are not available to homosexuals. When this hypocrisy is pointed out to Rep. Bachmann she reasserts her belief that indeed there is equality because a homosexual man is free to marry a woman, just like a heterosexual man can. By that logic...Apartheid is OKAY! Because blacks are completely equal as long as they turn themselves white!
This is the state of the Republican party. It is a joke! It is a giant lie that this party believes in small government. As Daniel Webster noted: "They promise to be good masters...but they mean to be masters"
(To be fair, the restrictions on same sex marriage are shared with Democrats...but they don't claim to be the party of less government)
Marriage is a social contract between two individuals. As long as those individuals are equal (meaning one party does not have purview or undue influence over the other), the government has no business supporting, encouraging, restricting or denying that exchange for anyone.
Okay...that's off my chest. Thank you.