07 June 2006

Laugh to keep from crying

The first presidential headline following the (very much anticipated) defeat of the "Marriage Protection Amendment?"

"Bush says immigrants must learn English"

If, at first, you don't succeed, pander, pander again, eh? If the Pink Peril strikes out, the Brown Invaders are next up in the rotation. Looks like the friend 'o Dubya quoted in Newsweek was right: "I think it was purely political. I don't think he gives a s--t about it. He never talks about this stuff."

Once again, El Presidente is making it abundantly clear that, in his (non-reality based) world, "politics" and "governance" are not only interchangeable, but one in the same.

This amendment is just the tip of the iceberg.

Dear Leader doesn't give a shit about a lot of things, and Harry Reid not only called him out on it, but spelled out the list. In doing so, he wisely avoiding turning this into the dog and pony show the GOPers want to put on for their Evangeliban base: a pulpit-pounding debate on homosexuality. Instead, Reid framed this fight exactly how it should be: as the unconscionable waste of time that it is.
"...what is the United States Senate going to debate this week?

A new energy policy? NO.

Will we debate the raging war in Iraq? NO.

Will we address our staggering national debt? NO.

Will we address the seriousness of global warming –- NO.

Will we address the aging of America? NO.

Will we address America's education dilemma? NO.

Will we address rising crime statistics? NO.

Will we debate our country's trade imbalance? NO.

Will we debate Stem Cell Research? NO.

But what we will spend most of the week on is a constitutional amendment that will fail by a large margin, a constitutional amendment on Same Sex Marriage -- an effort that failed to pick up a simple majority, when we recently voted on it. Remember, an Amendment to our Constitution requires 67 votes...So for me it is clear the reason for this debate is to divide our society, to pit one against another. This is another one of the President's efforts to frighten, to distort, to distract, and to confuse America. It is this Administration's way of avoiding the tough, real problems that American citizens are confronted with each and every day."

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