Saturday, February 10, 2007

Glad to Live in a Free Society

I was watching Fox news the other day with my co-blogger Mazur and they were saying that Washington State is introducing legislation to annul marriages if the couple does not have a baby within the first 3 years of the marriage.

We were shocked to see this and immediately assumed it was introduced by some Pat Robertson/Pat Buchanan type, maniacally serious about overpopulating the country with as many non-foreigners as possible. Mazur was so disgusted that he immediately changed the channel before we were engulfed in rage.

It turns out that this ammendment was introduced by proponents of same-sex marriage. WOW!
The catch is that they don't actually want the ammendment to pass into law. They just want to point out the hypocricy of those who think that gay people shouldn't get married because they can't procreate, the sole purpose for humans to exist.

So if this passes, straight people will be forced to procreate or they are just as much sinners as gay people. Which according to fundamentalist Christain values is true, since condoms are evil and everytime anyone has sex it should be for the intention of procreation.

For the first time in the history of logic, legislation is being introduced that those who are promoting it, in this case the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance, don't want it to become law. The only problem is, what if it does become law.


Blogger wyneken said...

Actually this is not a rare legislative tactic, and has been used lately by others on the left (since we have been mostly out of power for a while, and thus forced to resort to symbolic actions).

The most famous case is the legislation to reactivate the Selective Service System -- a.k.a. the draft -- introduced by (liberal, black, Democratic) congressman Charles Rangel.

Rangel's point was that many people (notably the Republican administration and its supporters among the economic elite) would think twice about launching unjustified and morally reprehensible wars, if the people fighting and dying in those wars included their own children. Can't you just imagine the Bush twins in uniform, patrolling the streets of Baghdad or Mosul? The only way to make that happen would be a fairly administered nationwide draft lottery, which is what Rangel was proposing.

Nobody -- on either side of the aisle -- wanted this thing to really pass. But as with the marriage law, it does point up the moral hypocrisy of those in power, who are quite content to exert their will against the powerless.

February 10, 2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger DJ said...

Wow, thanks. I was actually wondering about previous effort to use the same reverse psychology tactics, like if they had actually been implemented before. So that answers my question.

February 11, 2007 12:06 AM  
Blogger ohmygodimmike said...

I was also exremely angered when I hear the democrats were trying to bring back the draft.

It made me promise myself i'd never vote democratic again.

Of course that will probably all change when election time comes around.

February 11, 2007 3:33 AM  
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