So the House passed its healthcare reform bill, while selling out women … with 64 Democrats, for reasons that pass understanding, vote with the GOP to effectively strip meaningful access to abortion from the bill. Disgusting. I am sick at heart about this last bit of inexcusable and incomprehensible pandering to the right. What the hell are the Dems so afraid of? Boltgirl has written eloquently on the subject … check it out.
Meanwhile, here’s a sample of the level of debate that the process involved … as a series of Republican lawmakers “object” meaninglessly and make it impossible for a series of Democratic Congresswomen to speak.
The behavior is childish and obstructionist … and reflective of the desperation of a bankrupt party whose members see the writing on the wall (I think). That makes it all the more frustrating that those 64 Democrats would walk over to the dark side.
Okay, so enough about healthcare. I feel like the groundhog … poke my head up into the “real world” of politics and such, see my shadow, and retreat back to more manageable (and arguably more interesting) fare … like the A-Rod as Centaur story.
Just when I had started to think maybe he wasn’t as empty and ego-maniacal as I’ve generally surmised … I learn that he’s got not one but TWO portraits of himself as a centaur in his bedroom. The story comes complements of an ex. Even factoring in the likelihood that she has an ax to grind … it seems unlikely that it’s complete fabrication. Hell, even one Centaur-portrait is weird, don’t you agree? Kate Hudson … what the hell are you thinking?
Moving on, I am late in stating my sadness and frustration at the repeal of Maine’s Gay Marriage bill, having really thought the great State of Maine would turn the tide on that one … and the polls apparently did, too.
On the whole question, however, I think that we are taking the wrong tack entirely. There should be a push, in EVERY state, to make Civil Unions the government-sanctioned method for hooking up for life. Period.
The government has no business sanctioning or not sanctioning marriages. Let marriage be entirely the purview of religious organizations. Then the f–cking fundamentalist hoardes can deny marriages to whomever they hell they want to. That way the sanctity of the holy rite can be protected from all manner of despicable folks … and meanwhile, the government can offer equal rights and the pursuit of happiness as the Constitution demands, without upsetting the holy-rollers.
Why do we keep walking into this meaningless squabble with religious bigots? It’s a power struggle over a prize that we should just let them keep.
Marriage schmarriage. In fact, I really do think that government having anything at all to do with the word is an artifact of this country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and should be put down. Seriously. Civil unions for everyone – take the damn word out of our laws entirely.
It makes me crazy!