First Lady: “Don’t Politicize Marriage Amendment”

Laura BushYes. Read that again.

“First lady: Don’t politicize marriage amendment.” That’s what it says.

First Lady Laura Bush said Sunday that Americans want debate on a proposed constitutional amendment against gay marriage, but “I don’t think it should be used as a campaign tool, obviously.”

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I had to read that several times to wrap my brain around it. My first thought was “you’re f**king kidding me.” Not use it as a campaign tool? It is a campaign tool! The proposed amendment itself is nothing but a political stunt engineered by the Republicans to shore up their quivering base of support with the ultra-conservative Right-Wing nutjobs who continue to supply bodies to the Republican war machine. Well, okay. Not so many bodies. That’s what the poor are for. But they supply money to keep it all churning away.

Naturally, Laura Bush couldn’t stop there. Just like her husband, the more she talked, the more bizarre it got.

“It requires a lot of sensitivity to just talk about the issue — a lot of sensitivity,” she said on Fox News Sunday.

Sensitivity to whom, exactly? Those gays and lesbians who are in danger of having a basic right stripped away from them by an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America? Or are we talking about sensitivity to those right-wing nutjobs who find it offensive that gays and lesbians exist?

Here’s the issue. Early next month, the Senate will debate legislation that would have the Constitution define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. This was revealed by Majority Leader Bill Frist on CNN’s Late Edition.

President Bush supports the amendment, but Vice President Dick Cheney does not. Cheney’s daughter Mary is a lesbian and has been speaking out against the marriage amendment as she promotes her book, Now It’s My Turn. She said on Fox (oddly enough) that the proposed amendment “is a bad piece of legislation. It is writing discrimination into the Constitution, and, as I say, it is fundamentally wrong.”

Okay, I agree with Mary Chaney on this much. But she can still kiss my ass. This is the woman who kept a low profile during her father’s re-election campaign and who was kept essentially under wraps during the Republican convention. But now that her father isn’t facing re-election, she decides to stand up and be counted? She could have made a difference for gays and lesbians in 2004 when the Republicans were ranting their usual homophobia. It’s a bit late now for anyone give a damn what Mary Chaney thinks about anything.

Bill Frist said he would defend the amendment even to Dick Cheney.

“I basically say, Mr. Vice President, right now marriage is under attack in this country,” Frist said on CNN. “And we’ve seen activist judges overturning state by state law … and that is why we need an amendment” to the Constitution.

I still can’t believe what’s going on here. The Republicans want to amend the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman? I dunno. I keep thinking about the Constitution, and all of the incredibly important issues addressed in it. Oh, you know. The right of be free of unreasonable search and seizure. The right to recourse to a court of law. The right to speak freely without fear of being thrown into Guantanamo Bay. You should know what’s on the list. Somehow, I have trouble comprehending how any group of Americans could hope to amend the Constitution to limit the rights of another group of Americans. I don’t see how that bit of legislation could possibly fit in with the lofty goals and ideals of the rest of the Constitution.

Look, folks. It’s simple. If the United States Government expects gays and lesbians to pay taxes and to pay money into FICA and Social Security programs just like every other American, how then can it tell them that they’re not just like every other American, but are instead part of a separate group that does not deserve the same rights? If you won’t allow them to marry like every other American, why do you still expect them to pay those taxes?

I’m not worried about activist judges. They’re the least of our troubles. It’s activist legislators that are creating all of the havoc in this country. It’s a bunch of Right-Wing Republicans who believe that the Founding Fathers didn’t know what they were doing, and are trying to refashion the very foundations of our country to fit their extremist right-wing ideology. People like Bill Frist and George W. Bush are the enemies of American democracy.

I’m sure Bill First and George W. Bush don’t mind lesbians as long as they’re featured in a backroom video that they and their buddies are watching while their wives are away. But God forbid that their daughter should bring home another woman and declare her love for her. Oh, wait. That would be different, wouldn’t it? It is for Vice President Dick Cheney in regard to his daughter, Mary, anyway.

One has to wonder how Dick Cheney sleeps at night knowing that he and his Republicans buddies have done everything they can possibly do to limit the freedoms that his daughter may enjoy as an American. Mr. Cheney, how can you do that to your own daughter?

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