MORNING BUZZ: Rulings, Votes and Voice
One of our viewers put the over/under on when my voice would give out this morning at 5:52. I made it through the show but think I’ve lost my voice for the rest of the day.
Don’t know where this one came from but it’s the latest in a long line of sinus/chest congestion. Time for a more permanent solution.
For the ninth time in recent months a Federal Judge struck down a State’s ban on same-sex marriage. The law violates equal protection.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
How many more times are we going to have to do this? How many more judges appointed by conservatives, with impeccable conservative records are going to have to rule same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional before the people who have a religious objection realize these laws are simply unconstitutional. The latest Judge to rule against the ban in Pennsylvania was appointed by George W. Bush and guess who was a BIG fan of his appointment? You guessed it, former Sen. Rick Santorum.
These rulings and the fact that same-sex couples can get married, in no way infringes on anyone’s right to practice religion in the way they choose. The open marriage of same-sex couples has, in no way, upended the morality of American society. If you disagree I’d like you to point to an example where society as a whole has been degraded in some way by the recognition of same-sex marriage.
I’ve heard the term “higher law” from a lot of people who disagree with these rulings. I fully support your right to believe that the laws of the United States don’t apply to you because you follow God’s Law. That isn’t, however, going to hold up as a legal argument in a country where the establishment of a national religion is prohibited. In a country where we are allowed to believe what we want and worship as we please. As fictional President Andrew Shepard put it:
America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.
That is why America is a great country. Not because we believe one thing…but because we are allowed to believe as many or as few as we want. Believe what you want about being gay or whether gay people should marry. The people who disagree with you have the constitutional right to enjoy the same laws you do.
To piggy back off of that thought….The Tea Party isn’t having a good primary season. That said I’m not sure the Tea Party as it exists today resembles the hopes and aspirations of people who were simply fed up with the size of the federal government and performance of federal agencies on their behalf. That basic principle was co-opted by about a dozen other special interests. It was co-opted by opportunistic politicians who liked the title and the untapped energy of the voting block emerging. In the end I think we’ve seen a lot of the “Tea Party” candidates have turned out to be exactly what the origins of the movement professed to hate most about Washington. Many of them seem more interested in getting and keeping a gig in Congress than they are in serving the people of their District or State. Is the Tea Party dead after this primary season or does it continue to be an influential block of the Republican Party here in Iowa and around the country?
Feel free to respond to any/all of this. I love it when you comment!