"It's ridiculous (this) is something we're having a conversation about in this day and age....I've known straight and gay people all my life. I can't tell the difference...But I'd never marry a guy I didn't like." – Willie Nelson
Like it or not, same sex marriage is winning over the public’s support.
It’s either a sign of significant social progress, with less intolerance and bigotry...or it’s a sure sign of the end times.
For the extreme Right, I’m guessing they hope for the latter. But for a society that values equal rights and civility for all, the former seems to be indicated.
In 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 57% to 35% margin.
Today, there is slightly more support for same-sex marriage than opposition to it, with 49% in favor and 44% opposed.
This is encouraging. Maybe the next national trend will be reversing the demonization, bigotry and prejudice against liberals, non-whites, immigrants, atheists and Muslims.
What’s that? Obama was re-elected? I’m not sure that means much more than the nation is fed up with Republican presidents. Well, that’s somewhat heartening, but he too is one of the corporate friendly politicians who only recently discovered his “evolving” stance on same-sex marriage.
A moderate is the best we can get for now.
The problem is Obama's all too willing to cut safety nets as a concession to the radical Right, while being far too unwilling to demand a small tax on stock market transactions. When will his stance “evolve” on corporate welfare, warrantless surveillance, drones over
targeted executions without trial, the war on drugs and the military empire
occupying the globe? America
Who knows, maybe some day we might actually have a liberal president and congress...
Naww.. Who am I kidding? Ain’t happing soon.
Not with corporations being “persons” controlling the national media, and wielding billions of dollars in “free speech” and lobbying money.
Not with millions of Americans indoctrinated into believing corporate media is “liberal media”.
Not with millions of Americans indoctrinated into believing liberals are godless America-hating commies who have no “family values”.
Not with millions of Americans indoctrinated into believing suppressing voter registration rights and restricting poll access is needed to stop "Mickey Mouse" from committing voter fraud.
The other biggest problem for liberals is they have a disproportionately small voice in public policy and representation.
The House is controlled by Republicans through gerrymandering, despite the fact more Americans voted for Democratic representation in the House.
The Senate is even more unbalanced. The conservative voters of less populated states also have more representation per capita in the Senate than the liberals of large states and the rest of the country.
Couple these factors with the filtering of information by corporate media and the dominance of lobbying and "free speech" cash by Big Money interests, and we are left with a Right Wing government for a left leaning population.
The only hope for liberals is for them to be as motivated, united, and funded as the Right in mid-term elections.
But I don't think most liberals get it. Unlike the Right, they don't have their own corporate saturated radio and TV media. We don't have mega-media conglomerates urging the public to vote for the public good against the exclusive interests of the economic elites.
We don’t have national media that broadcasts and prints the basic fact that one party is largely, while the other is exclusively, in service to the interests of Big Money.
I wonder why...