I’m going to try to be “objective” in this blog (whatever that means), pointing out what I consider to be the inevitable result of the recent decision of the California Supreme Court.
California’s Supreme Court declared gay couples in the nation’s biggest state can marry – a monumental but perhaps short-lived victory for the gay rights movement Thursday that was greeted with tears, hugs, kisses and at least one instant proposal of matrimony.
Okay, so the decision is going to get shot down later on, but let’s proceed anyways…
In my opinion, the most interesting thing about the story was found in the following quote:
“It’s about human dignity. It’s about human rights. It’s about time in California,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, pumping his fist in the air, told a roaring crowd at City Hall. “As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation. It’s inevitable. This door’s wide open now. It’s going to happen, whether you like it or not.”
First of all, the mayor’s usage of the word “you” sends an emphatic message to all the people out there who consider themselves a “you.” Of course we know who “you” is: the 55% of the country who opposes same-sex marriages.
Newsom’s comments more or less verbalized the big finger that the California Supreme Court has flipped in the direction of what is still (whether “you” like it or not) a majority of people in the United States. Keep in mind that the vast majority is still not in support of amending the Constitution to limit marriage as a man/woman-only privilege: as a country we’re still leery of amending the document our Founding Fathers ratified almost 220 years ago.
Regardless, what pro same-sex marriage liberals have done is shot the entire Democratic party in the face. Not in the foot…the face!
Two issues get conservatives to stampede their way to the voting booths: abortion and same-sex marriage. By legalizing same-sex marriage in an election year, for crying out loud…the California Supreme Court has virtually guaranteed that religious conservatives will be mobilized in a way that they haven’t been since they first heard the words “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.”
Conservatives have felt disenfranchised since John McCain locked up the GOP nomination for President. They don’t feel like John McCain represents true conservative values. What they needed was something to rally behind; the California Supreme Court has provided it for them.
Sure, the decision isn’t exactly going to be influenced as heavily as one might think by the eventual winner, but that’s not always important in politics. Politics depends on getting your constituency MAD about something. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a die-hard Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or woo-hoo-half-insane Green Party follower…people are energized by strong feelings, primarily angry ones.
So unless John McCain’s platform includes putting a Secret Service agent in every one of our houses to observe our actions and conversations as a means to protect us from an insidious radical Islamic force, the Republicans have just pulled into the lead.
Oh, and Newsom…why don’t you do your best to encourage the California Supreme Court to legalize buying booze for minors, as you allegedly did for your little temp-girlfriend, Brittanie Mountz, in 2006. There’s another thing that “you” (and by “you,” I mean people in general) frown upon that possibly needs to be changed whether “you” (and by “you,” I mean those same people I just mentioned) like it or not. Do “you” (and by “you,” I mean Gavin Newsom, womanizing mayor of San Francisco) think that would be a good idea?
Was that last part less than objective? Did I lose my journalistic credibility?
And does anyone really believe in true, 100% objective journalism?