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Monday, June 05, 2006

Bush pretends to love tolerance and respect

So unless you've been living under a rock, you must know that the President's beginning his attack against gay marriage again.

I found a decent video of his television press conference on PageOneQ, which can be found here.

Some quotations from the speech:

The union of a man and woman in marriage is the most enduring and important human institution. For ages, in every culture, human beings have understood that marriage is critical to the well-being of families. And because families pass along values and shape character, marriage is also critical to the health of society. Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them. And changing the definition of marriage would undermine the family structure.

As this debate goes forward, every American deserves to be treated with tolerance and respect and dignity. On an issue of this great significance, opinions are strong and emotions run deep. And all of us have a duty to conduct this discussion with civility and decency toward one another. All people deserve to have their voices heard and a constitutional amendment will ensure that they are heard.

...the logic does not run deep in this one.

The blogs are all a-chatter with this, so I'm not going to bother to post links. Check out any big name blog, and they have post about this, almost for sure.

In good news, however, Dean's trying to repair the DNC's relationship with gay folks:

"I want to start today by thanking you for standing with me ... as we have fought side by side for equal rights under the law for all Americans. That fight continues, and the Democrat Party is standing with you by leading the fight against discrimination, and by helping you meet your electoral objectives this fall....

I am proud to lead a Party that has led the fight for hate crimes legislation, and fought for laws banning any discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and on sexual orientation... And I am proud to lead a party that understands that using marriage as a wedge issue and scapegoating groups of Americans to win elections is morally wrong."

I hope he means this. I really do like the guy. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a representative of the people should be talking. A real leader wouldn't be speaking about "tolerance and respect and dignity," while pushing an anti-gay and hateful rhetoric of gay bashing and intolerance.


Blogger Publius said...

But Dean said in an interview not too long ago, while trying to pander to Evangelicals, that the Democratic Party was not for gay marriage. He also said he wanted white guys with Confederate flags on their pickups to vote for him in 2000 and then called the Republican Party a bunch of rich, old white guys. I guess Dean isn’t white, or old, or rich. But, this guy is all over the map and has to write more “I’m Sorry” cards than Hallmark.

12:26 AM

Blogger Harper said...

Yeah, I'm aware that Dean's acted like a bit of an ass ... often. It's been very disappointing. I'm hoping he'll come around because he said so many other promising things but, well, I guess they're all politicians under it all, huh?

But, this guy is all over the map and has to write more “I’m Sorry” cards than Hallmark.

Ha! No kidding!

1:20 AM


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