We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Way back in the day when those good ole boys in powdered wigs put together our Constitution, they elected to set the above words as the preamble to it.  Much like most of my college level papers have an abstract before beginning the narrative, the Preamble sets the scene in a short, concise statement what you should uncover through the proceeding pages.  Now, they realized not long after the Constitution was ratified that it still did not go far enough and just two short years later they brought in the first ten amendments to it.  Here we sit 225 years later anxiously awaiting the US Supreme Courts decision on some additional freedoms; they are addressing the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

DOMA is a federal act that essentially states in all its bigoted glory that the government of our nation does not recognize any type of marriage besides that between a man and a woman.  I will get back to this one in a minute.  Prop 8 is California’s state version saying essentially the same thing.  The attorney for the state of California who is arguing in favor of Prop 8’s constitutionality was dumb enough to state twice during his presentation that he is sure that one day the law will be overturned but pleaded with the court that they should not speed it along.  Chances may be pretty good that that one ready for the scrap heap.

Now lets get back to DOMA for a few minutes and reflect back to the Preamble above.  Way back in the late 18th century a bunch of powdered wig wearing men had the foresight to write 52 simple words that should be the template by which we, as Americans, should live by.  Back in a time when blacks were considered property and not citizens they had the foresight to create a document that would live and breathe and adapt to the times that it governed, all proceeded by those 52 clarifying words.  Yet in this day and age when we have achieved equality, at least by rule of law if not in full practice across the board, we are taking another issue of equality before the USSC decide.  All this because a bunch of political hacks decided to imprint their interpretation of supreme religious morality upon the fabric of our nation.

It astounds me that in this day and age that the most common argument against marriage equality comes from the pages of religious text and those that shout those phrases and verses are generally the least educated on the history of our nation and are more than willing to hold themselves above the same passages they espouse so willingly. It seems it is not hypocrisy when you have the volume to your voice and the power to choose regardless of the opinions of those they were elected to represent.  These same dickbags claim that the union between a man and a woman is sacred while quoting their text, yet they conveniently leave out the contractual agreements marriages were formed over and the commodity of a good marriage for the man.  They argue in favor of “traditional” marriage, yet fail to realize that more than 50% of all “traditional” marriages in this day and age end in divorce.  [Insert your personal deity here] forbid the “gays” reverse that trend and show all the moral “straights” the value of love in a lifelong union.

The truly fucked up part of this whole farcical endeavor is Americans vociferously speak out against perceived slights and inequalities in other countries and cultures yet we cannot achieve the level of equality within our own borders that we violently criticize within others.  We try to force our mis-perceived  “democratic” freedoms on countries who do not allow their women to drive, stone to death women who are raped, force women into traditional “modest” dress that has been the norm longer than we have been a country and too many other human rights violations to even begin to name, yet we cannot get behind the fact that two people of the same gender, Americans, want to spend the rest of their lives together and receive the same privileges as those of us in a “traditional” marriage.  THE ULTIMATE IN HYPOCRISY WITH A GLOBAL REACH.

This is not a rant to break on anyone’s religion or personal belief structure.  If it is your belief that being gay is wrong, the beauty of this country is that it is your right to believe that.  What you do not have the right to do is thrust your beliefs upon others and make your dogmatic wisdom the law of the land.  This great country of ours is blessed with the faithful, the faithless, gay, bisexual, transgender, black, white, hispanic, asian and a couple hundred other flavors of individual.  That is what makes us great.  Yet like many of those same countries we continuously poke our self-righteous stick at, we hide behind rule of law to impose our own special blend of sanctioned indignity on.

We as a nation have far greater problems we need to focus on.  We send money overseas to nations that we poke our stick at in the name of human right, yet our once prominent cities are going bankrupt with the populations leaving in droves.  We speak out against the abuses of whole sections of societies in other countries yet we legislate prejudice into our legal code.  We attempt to define the institution of marriage as a wholly religious doctrine while turning our backs on our veterans who have given mind, body and soul to defend that same ability.  The righteous worry about the same-sex couple living next door to them raising their children while they use their wealth and status to get their own fucked up kids out of trouble with the law.

It is time to pull our collective heads out of our collective asses and start thinking about what is right and wrong in terms of what we personally know is right and wrong.  Stop living by the words of those who have a platform to stand on and shout them out and get our own houses in order rather than worry about the one next door.

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Comments
  1. adam says:

    man i love reading your stuff

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  2. Beth says:

    Love your flow. You always give me a different perception to ponder on. Well said.

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    • Thank you Ms. Beth. It’s all about me not wanting to take what the turds have to say at face value. If I can entertain and give people an alternate point of view than I have one upped our leaders.

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  3. Here, here. Well written, and I agree.

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