Gay Marriage - An Open Letter to Social Conservatives

(Originally posted at Deny My Freedom)

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.

President Bush knows full well that a federal ban on gay marriage is almost certainly doomed to fail, if not in Congress, then in the state legislatures. But he is by no means concerned about this, because he has no motivation to actually push the issue and utilize his remaining political clout, if such a thing exists, on making a real effort toward what you want. The bottom line is that he has never been interested in making a federal issue out of this, at least not until it became politically beneficial for him to do so.

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.

Begin Experiment

End Experiment

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.


Proud Liberal


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!

Tags: Gay Marriage, Socal Conservatives (all tags)



Re: Gay Marriage - An Open Letter to Social Conser

Just like everything is up to us to call Bush on his bullshit...

...even if it is on behalf of social conservatives.

by Yoss 2006-06-05 11:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Gay Marriage - An Open Letter to Social Conser

I'm treating this as a tip jar.

by teknofyl 2006-06-05 01:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Gay Marriage

I agree with all your points, but just because I agree with  Bush on this issue- and this issue alone, does that mean I'm drinking the punch?

I'm not going to vote to elect any Republican or vote against any Democrat based on this issue alone, (it ranks behind taxes, social welfare, education and unions in my book) but the Democratic Party is smoking crack if they think that a  majority of the party is 100% behind them  on the same-sex marriage issue. I beleive that most Dems are like me, against the same -sex marriage, for civil unions (in varying degrees) but our particular view on this issue will never show up in the polls  because unlike  religious cons, we are not single -issue voters, and if we are, this isn't our issue.
But a word to the wise, Moderate Dems already feel that the Party is being hijacked by the gay rights and pro-choice movements as it is, and may stay home  on election day.

by xodus1914 2006-06-05 08:03PM | 0 recs


Advertise Blogads