Thursday, June 30, 2011

Curiosities from a Transcript


In a press conference this week, the president congratulated himself for not challenging legal equality in the courts:
Now, what we've also done is we've said that DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional. And so we’ve said we cannot defend the federal government poking its nose into what states are doing and putting the thumb on the scale against same-sex couples.
I believe this would be the fierce urgency of keeping one's thumb off the scales of justice, even if the scales are tilted heavily toward inequality, as in the forty-four states where marriage equality still does not exist. The president continued his encomium to "states' rights:"
What I've seen happen over the last several years, and what happened in New York last week I think was a good thing, because what you saw was the people of New York having a debate, talking through these issues. It was contentious; it was emotional; but, ultimately, they made a decision to recognize civil marriage. And I think that's exactly how things should work.
Charitably assuming President Chickenshit sincerely thinks that's exactly how things should work, he needs to re-evaluate his thinking. A quick glance at the map above serves to demonstrate that gays are icky is overpowering gays are people in the minds of voters, lawmakers, and jurists across the country, and this is after the moderating exposure of Will & Grace, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, South Park, Glee, The United States of Tara, True Blood, Southland, and Paul Lynde's years-long domination of the center of Hollywood Squares. For that matter, Chickenshit doesn't need to step outside his immediate family or imagine past his own lifetime to notice rather grave problems with leaving civil rights to states.

All of this being so, as with so many things with this presidency, it's difficult to see either the thread of coherent principle or the political calculus. The argument is laughable to anyone paying any attention, and the low-information dolts who might conceivably find this appealing are at least as likely to pay just enough attention to locate where they disagree. Strange.

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