July 18, 2006

Politics, arrogance, and American values.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Tuesday rejected a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage, ending for another year a congressional debate that supporters of the ban hope will still reverberate in this fall's election.

I know this is moderately good news for supporters of gay marriage. Still, I couldn't help but think, Aren't there more important issues for Congress to be dealing with right now? Like, oh, I dunno, the Middle East firestorm, southern California ablaze, the decline of the dollar, the national deficit, or how about the fact that we're only going to see more heatwaves like this week's until this Administration -- or more likely, the next one -- pulls its proverbial head out of its collective rectum and gets serious about global warming?

But I didn't get angry until I read this:
The marriage amendment is part of the "American values agenda" the House is taking up this week that includes a pledge protection bill and a vote on President Bush's expected veto of a bill promoting embryonic stem cell research. Bush has asked, and social conservatives demanded, that the same sex marriage ban be considered in the run-up to the election.

It's all politics, of course. Such a loaded term, this "American values." And what arrogance, to assume that all Americans value the same things. To the American readers of this blog -- what do you most value, as an American? To the nonAmerican readers of this blog -- what do you wish Americans valued?

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