Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Words Mean Things
Somedays I am literally dumbstruck by the lack of reading comprehension ability that exists in today's media establishment. By reading the reports of Dick 'Big Time' Cheney's comments yesterday on the subject of Gay Marriage, one could easily draw the conclusion that Big Time was well on his way to being the Grand Master of San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade.
Leftists are crowing. Conservatives are shocked. Neither group, however, seems to have actually read the transcript of what Big Time actually said.
Let's get down to the basics before several sets of underwear become knotted in a bunch.
A woman in Davenport, Iowa asked the following question:
What do you think about homosexual marriage?Big Time answered with the following statements (my commentary is interjected where I see fit).
Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with. With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone... People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.I may be mistaken, but I believe there is not a state in the union in which men and women are not free to enter into any relationship, hetero or homo sexual. Despite the illusions to the contrary, most of which are made by leftists and their willing accomplices in the press, the main stream Republican party is not trying to outlaw homosexual relationships.
Back to Big Time:
The question that comes up with the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction or approval is going to be granted by government? Historically, that's been a relationship that has been handled by the states. The states have made that fundamental decision of what constitutes a marriage.Nothing which Big Time has said thus far should be a revelation to anyone. The states have been left to themselves to define what is, and what is not, a state sanctioned and recognized marriage.
As to the push by W and like minded people nationwide for a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, Big Time said the following:
I think his perception was that the courts, in effect, were beginning to change, without allowing the people to be involved. The courts were making the judgment for the entire country.In the states where the issue of 'Gay Marriage' has come before a vote of the people, it has gone down to defeat every single time. Most recently, the Missouri vote garnered some 60% of the people saying marriage is to be recognized as the union of one man, and one woman. In 2000, California passed a similar iniative, with much the same margin. When it is put to the people, the people decide to stick with tradition.
Where is the problem? In San Francisco and some non descript county in New Mexico where local left leaning officials take matters into their own hands in order to right a perceived social injustice. Its in Massachusetts, where nine black robed thugs (otherwise known as the State Supreme Court) proclaim to the state legislature that laws must be passed to enable 'Gay Marriage' despite the fact the judiciary branch has no authority to issue direction to the legislative branch. I'm not a lawyer, but I did pay attention in High School civics class.
Big Time has his opinion. He is entitled to that opinion. He did not come out in favor of 'Gay Marriage'. Try as you might, you can't find that in his commentary. Where does he stand as to W's efforts to pass the Marriage Amendment?
...at this point, save my own preference, as I have stated, but the president makes policy for the administration. He's made it clear that he does, in fact, support a constitutional amendment on this issue.W makes the policy. Big Time executes that policy - despite whatever personal feelings he may hold. That dear readers, is the epitome of an Executive Officer. When the decision or policy is made, his toes are right on the line with his Boss. In an 'Adult Organization', that's the way its done. If you were hoping for the Clitonesqe intra-administration debate on CNN and the front pages of the New York Times and Washington Post, you came to the wrong show.
Here endeth the lesson.