On NPR this morning (now I was listening while half-asleep, but I'm fairly certain I got this right) they are attributing Bush's win to his efforts to "get out the vote."
Ok, I'll give him that. Giant kudos on getting fifty-fucking-one percent, Ratbastard.
But the actions they took to get there are astounding. Apparently last summer all the hoopla over the stem cell debate and the exclusive marriage acts were only to get the reps' opinions and how they voted on record. The results were emailed to evangelical churches across the country in order to motivate these congregations (who apparently think they have a lock on how to live) to vote for/against their reps (and what the hell, vote for Bush while they were standing there.) The whip cream on the titties was all the state initiatives to define marriage as between a man and a woman, ya ya ya.
These two tactics were contrived and orchestrated between the States and Congress and the Bush Admin. And guess what, it worked. The "Moral Majority" came out in droves to vote. Many folks standing in line for hours are on record as reporting they were there to vote for the state marriage initiatives.
I'll make my views perfectly clear (as if you aren't getting the jist by now) and then let you all have free reign in the commentbox. Try to refrain from name-calling, please.
Ah, what the hell, name-calling is fun. Go for it.
I do believe in the Sacred State of Marriage (SSoM). The Man and I were together for a long time before we were married and it was different after. How, exactly? Dunno. But it was, and I'm not the only one to notice this. I know lots of people who lived together ('bout as close as you can come to it without sign the papers, smash the wine glasses, as God as my witness, yada yada) and after they got married they reported that it was "different." In a really good way.
I also have met a very few people who said that they didn't notice a difference and I feel sorta sad for them.
That said, my marriage is really nobody's business but my own (well, and ok, The Man gets an occassional say.) Granted, we start out lucky because ours is legal/approved in several states. But it's up to us to keep it right and golden. In that same spirit, others' marriages aren't my business either. What the hell is to me if Gays want to marry? Will it lessen the sanctity or quality of my SSoM? I can't see how it would.
I'll suggest that the insecurity about the SSoM resides closer to home than these fuckers think. Likely, they are just envious of someone who has a good one; be they gay or straight (or somewhere in-between.) They're probably really jealous of all the coloring-outside-the-lines sex these folks are having. I mean, really, have you ever met one of these right-wing-flapping activist types (be they against the Gays and/or Abortion and/or Stem Cell Research and/or Muslims) who truly seem happy? Do they behave as if they have satisfying sex lives?
It's time for the moral majority to pull themselves out of the missionary position (as well as their heads out of their asses) and concentrate on their own lives and souls and marriages. I think if they did, they might realize that the nature of living a good life comes from within. It sure as hell is not something you can buy or legislate, though apparently Bush is going to do his damndest at it.
Oh, well, I guess it's nothing new. This crap has been going on since the disease-ridden and stinky white folks staggered off the first boat way-back-when in search of freedom.
Freedom, my ass. This country ain't free no more.