Gay Marriage - An Open Letter to Social Conservatives
by Yoss, Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 10:59:26 AM EDT
Dear Social Conservative,
I come bearing an olive branch from across the ideological aisle.
I know what you are thinking: Why should I listen to anything that a bleeding-heart, liberal traitor like myself has to say about anything. Trust me, I understand. I would be asking the same thing if our roles were switched in this whole mess, so please just give me the benefit of the doubt and listen to what I have to say. The issue I want to discuss is Gay Marriage, and why you need to realize that you are being played like a pawn in Karl Rove's clever game of political chess.
Let me spell this out as simply as possible: President Bush doesn't care about gay marriage. He doesn't care about preserving the family. He doesn't care about social stability in our country. The only thing he cares about are your votes. This is my message. This is my plea.
If you don't believe me, let's just look at President Bush's history on the issue:
During the 2000 campaign, Mr. Bush said he was against federal intervention regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. In an interview with CNN's Larry King, he said, states "can do what they want to do" on the issue. Vice President Cheney took the same stance.
So, it seems that Candidate Bush was willing to let the states have control over marriage within their states. But wait, what is it that could have possibly changed his mind?
Four year later, this past February, Mr. Bush announced his support for an amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as being exclusively between men and women. The amendment would forbid states from doing "what they want to do" on same-sex marriage.
Citing recent decisions by "activist judges" in states like Massachusetts, Mr. Bush defended his reversal. Critics point out that well before the 2000 presidential race, a judge in Hawaii ruled in December 1996 that there was no compelling reason for withholding marriage from same-sex couples.
Now, I know that at face value, this is a wonderful change of heart from the President. It's not a Rovian tactic, but rather, this is Bush being Bush. This is him speaking to his base, and answering the calls of the people like you who helped to get him elected. This is representation.
Unfortunately, my dear social conservative friend, the reality of the situation is not nearly this peachy. In order to discover why, let's just conduct a little experiment. In the next 30 seconds, I want you to think of everything that President Bush has done to stop the evils of gay marriage over the last six years, other than go on television and talk about things he would like to do.
Well, what have you got? The answer is nothing.
This is because the gay marriage issue is not something Bush has, or ever will, do anything about. It's simply a way for him to use your passionate beliefs on this matter to drum up support for the real things he cares about. Think about what the world might be like if Bush had dedicated a fraction of his energy from his corporate tax cuts to getting your social conservative agenda through Congress. Think about how much he has been willing to talk the talk, and how little he has done when it came time to walk the walk.
In conclusion, this is a plea not from a liberal to a conservative, but from one American to another. Because at the end of the day, our beliefs on these social issues are meaningless if the President isn't listening to any of us. And that is the key thing I would like you to think about. While he has obviously worked against many of the things that we as liberals believe in, he has failed you as well. He has never done anything about gay marriage in the past, other than padding his poll numbers, and we have no reason to think this will change now.
So please, please be wary when he goes on the television and tells you he is working for you. If he really was, you would have known about it at some point in the last six years. Now is the time for you to start supporting your causes, rather than supporting the President. They are not one in the same. The first step toward recovery is realizing that you might be better served by supporting someone who will actively work for what you believe in, rather than someone who is more interested in serving themself.
P.S. I just want it noted that I really don't agree with you on gay marriage, or any other issue really. I just want to make sure you won't let your guard down...because if Bush has done anything in the last six years, he has galvanized and energized our efforts. So when we thrash you electorally for the next ten years, just remember you have him to thank!