June 5, 2006

Off topic: This IS a political moment

This post will be a bit of a preach to the converted, I know, but indulge me, I've been writing this all weekend .
A quote from George W. Bush in his weekend address:

Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society. Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.

All? All who? Americans? Bush and the Repulican vultures have decided that gay marriage needs to be banned with an amendment. Discussed in Congress this week. Now. Not the economy, not Haditha and other Iraq issues, not slowly collapsing Afghanistan, not Iran's nuclear program, not the crazy-ass Korean leader we've been ignoring all year, not the safety of those in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast, not the billowing environment problems.

Does Bush even believe what he is saying? Questionable. Still, he has proven over and over again that he is a weak man. Americans have mistaken his blind ignorance for "plain-spokenness," his stubborness and hubris for loyalty and steadfastness. You can't even mistake his utter disdain for those who are not "like" him.

I've been thinking a lot this week about my little friends Gaby and Noah, pictured above. They are the children of "two mommies" who are married in the state of Massachussetts. You may remember that the Republicans used to stand for smaller (cough) government and shifting power to the individual States, thus allowing pockets of liberal thought, like... the upper East Coast! No more. I post the childrens' picture not to politicize my friends, but to make a point about the how this affects real people in the real world: Attacking gay unions is a direct assault on the family and so called family values.

Children need parents whose unions are protected to the full extent of the law. How can my friends wanting to commit their lives to each other be anything but a positive development in the state of the American family? It's hard not to worry about these kids when state laws are yo-yo'ing all around them.

Meanwhile, in Birmingham, England, my blogger friend Paul is marrying his boyfriend of six years in a ceremony this coming weekend. He is very happy, as anyone who can maintain a relationship for that long should be! Today he wrote, "Saturday can't come quick enough.." which I thought was really touching. Congratulations to both of them...

Recently Air America (via
Left In The West) gave a list of 6 actions that would actually strengthen marriage. These are not my ideas, but I agree with them:

  1. If you want to do something that actually helps marriages, then raise the public’s consciousness of the dignity and importance of women in our still deeply patriarchal society.
  2. Provide every couple with a guarantee of health insurance that spares them the relational strains inflicted by devastating illness and an inability to pay for medical care.
  3. Increase the minimum wage and offer tax breaks to the working poor so that spouses can see each other for more quality length of time, rather than briefly passing eachother on their way to two jobs.
  4. Cover mental healthcare in medical insurance policies so that serious emotional difficulties can be prevented from tearing marriages apart.
  5. Encourage family planning.
  6. Set aside resources for dealing with domestic abuse.
So read it again:

This week George Bush is launching an assault upon the American family. His attempt to shred both the Constitution and the values this country was built upon (diversity, inclusion, etc) will be remembered as a marker in one of the worst periods of American history.

Fuck him.


split chick said...

I agree; this whole situation is just depressing. It's nice to see that Bush is focusing on the "important" issues in life, like stopping gays from getting married. War? Global warming? Medical care? Nah!

God, it just pisses me off.

DanProject76 said...

Speaking as one of them gays who is getting married to his partner of six years in just over two weeks time I have to say WHAT THE FUCK IF GOING ON IN AMERICA???

I just don't get the whole Bush thing at all. Not that I ever did but like your post so eloquently put it, aren't there some really bad things that need the President of the United States' attention right now?

Tony Blair may be a slimey faker but at least he's not a bigot, a religious fundamentalist or a retard.

Oh yeah, love your musical choices too!

cunty bitch said...

my partner and i have been together over 7 years. the fact that this country views us as not being in a "real" relationship due to orientation is rediculous. let's see, my straight parents split up when i was 5 (how's that for the "sanctity" of marriage), i know so many women who have abusive (verbal/physical) husbands and the divorce rate is what now? 60 percent? Hmmm...but making it forbidden for two people of the same sex to get married or have certain rights is going to protect an already fractured value? that's the most ignorant part of all: straight people haven't been able to get marriage right. what do they think they're protecting???

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Paul said...

i did read your unedited post and silently sent you a cyber hug but then realised that a silent one is a bit useless as you wouldn't know about it... so hear is a realy one! HUG! and amen to the sentiments expressed in your post and in the comments...

J'ason D'luv said...

History will prove that this administration squandered America's political standing, credibility and good will at every corner.

As much as I portray myself to be into all things Anglo, in my real life I'm deeply and profoundly honored and proud to be a citizen the U.S. of A. But allow me to side with the makers of the current #1 album in America, The Dixie Chicks, in saying that I'm vastly ashamed of our president.

Situations such as Haditha and Abu Ghraib and Guantanemo highlight the fact that whomever is at the top of the chain of command influences all others in the lower ranks. To quote the Pet Shop Boys, violence breeds violence.

It's a shame. I also think that America's always sort of been this way, though, and only after 9/11 are we really opening our rose-tinted eyes to the way things really are for the first time.

One last thing.... I urge all you cats to go see An Inconvenient Truth, in theaters now. If you really wanna do something about global warming, since our lame federal government isn't doing anything about it (though some state governments are), it'll help you understand what's really happening.

babs said...

You people are being way more eloquent than I am right now. But yes, I agree with you. This all sucks mightily.

Was watching Queer as Folk recently and Michael and Ben got married in Canada but it wasn't recognized in the USA and his mother vowed not to get married until her son's marriage is recognized in the USA. I think Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend were going on the same jag, though I'm not sure if they're together or not still.

But, Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz are splitsville. Yeah. Not that I like him all that much, but I hate her. Probably in that irrational way I tend to hate movie actresses that are too beautiful and everywhere. Ala Audrey Tatou, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Adjani, etc.

J'ason D'luv said...

Babs, did I read once that you were from Western PA?