I agree with Robbie @ The Malcontent in a post earlier this week (FMA The Half-Assed Way) where he said…
To date, we’ve received basic, run-of-the-mill mumblings about, “Marriage is between a man and a woman.” There are occasional riffs about the “sanctity” of a thirty minute church service followed by a full-on drunken bash where all the gay men are coveting the centerpieces and egging on the plastered mother-in-law – eh, it’s what we do. However, the president has never elucidated why gay people would make worse spouses, worse parents, worse couples who are unworthy of the institution. Not a single word.
Isn’t a constitutional amendment, the altering of the Republic’s most sacred document, worth at least a twenty minute, solo topic, national primetime address? Certainly the gravity of such an undertaking requires the attention of the entire country, no?
He’s right. So, in the spirit of a full debate on the MPA, I thought it was important to post President Bush’s radio address from yesterday. While not the type of bright light that Robbie (and I) believe a Constitutional amendment debate should receive by the President, Congress and the American people, it does articulate the President’s view of the issue.
Let me make it very clear that I personally oppose MPA and am disappointed in the President and the Senate moving this forward. What I am most angry about is that the Senate seems more interested in restricting the rights of legal Americans while at the same time, protecting the rights of Illegal Aliens. What it tells me is that the gay community has zero political clout, influence and respect across this country (compared with lawbreakers migrating here and their rallies) and that is the most distressing thing of all to me. The President highlights that point in this part of his radio address.
In our free society, people have the right to choose how they live their lives. And in a free society, decisions about such a fundamental social institution as marriage should be made by the people — not by the courts. The American people have spoken clearly on this issue, both through their representatives and at the ballot box. In 1996, Congress approved the Defense of Marriage Act by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate, and President Clinton signed it into law. And since then, voters in 19 states have approved amendments to their state constitutions that protect the traditional definition of marriage. And today, 45 of the 50 states have either a state constitutional amendment or statute defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. These amendments and laws express a broad consensus in our country for protecting the institution of marriage.
We as gay Americans are responsible to improve the perception and clout about us by the rest of society. Unfortunately our representatives to the world (Log Cabin, HRC & NGLTF) are too busy following a Leftist, Anti-American agenda that runs counter to the views of most Americans. It is the Gay Left Death Spiral and we are the losers.
Back to our fearless leaders in Congress and the White House though…. .Come on…aren’t there more important things to worry about? Mr. President, instead of wasting time with using legal American gays as a political tool…. how about issuing an executive order and start drilling in Alaska due to the nation being at war? You should have done that on Sept. 12, 2001 anyway. And I think that action would help your poll numbers more than choosing gays as a political issue in 2006.
Finally… to my readers…. I am comforted to know that when I read most other mainstream conservative blogs and publications (not including religious-based ones), I see that most true conservatives agree that this MPA folly is a waste of everyone’s time.
(Full text of President Bush’s speech after the jump below….)