The National Rifle Association’s willingness and facility with lying about anything that might reduce the slaughter of innocent people by being shot has always been striking. But rarely has a national organization turned its back so completely on its previous positions, ignored the clear and overwhelming sentiment of the American people in general and its own paying membership in particular, and been so willing to depart so totally from facts.Read More
Category Archives: Civil Rights
So Conservative Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has done a political about-face and announced his support for gay marriage. The senator was a co-sponsor of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). What brought about his Saul-to-Paul conversion? Apparently, it was learning that one of his own sons was—ah—er—um—one of “them.” You know, one of “those people.” Not a ladies’ man. A little light in his loafers. A Nancy Boy. A pouf. A pansy. A queer. A faggot. A fruit.
Sen. Portman is hardly the only prominent Republican to have a gay or lesbian in his immediate family. Dick Cheney and Alan Keyes have lesbian daughters; Newt Gingrich has a lesbian half-sister. It’s difficult to tell how many other Republican political figures have gay family members because they usually manage to keep these embarrassing relations out of the public eye.
Republican hypocrisy on this issue is deep-rooted, widespread and longstanding.Read More »
“What did you think of it?” President Abraham Lincoln asked friends after delivering his second Inaugural Address. Like an indie movie director, he was confident in his creation but nervous about public tastes. “I believe it is not immediately popular,” he wrote.
Of course, he needn’t have worried. The second-shortest Inaugural Address became one of the most widely quoted. It helped usher in the modern age of political communication. Its final paragraph is a touchstone of American compassion and leadership.
It was also a failure.Read More »
…the heat over the original intent of the 2nd Amendment and its relevance to life in 21st Century America has not cooled. Public debate over guns, gun ownership and gun control, when it occurs, rarely approaches rational…Read More »
American pastor David Dykes was just in Uganda to urge passage of a new law in that country designed to suppress homosexuality. Homosexual acts are already punishable in Uganda by jail terms of up to 14 years, but this new measure would allow the imposition of life sentences. (An earlier draft would have subjected gays to the death penalty.) The measure would also vastly enlarge the range of prohibited acts, making it a crime to “promote” gay rights, to “fund or sponsor homosexuality” or to “abet” homosexuality. Moreover, if this bill becomes law, any Ugandan who becomes aware of a homosexual act being committed, or aware that a particular person is homosexual, is obliged to so inform the police within 24 hours or be liable to a fine or imprisonment.Read More »
America is on the verge of losing something very important in Michigan and it isn’t getting nearly enough attention, probably because it’s just one more act in a long-running drama.Read More »
Earlier this month, the voters of Maine, Maryland and Washington voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Gay marriage is now the law in nine states and the District of Columbia. That leaves 30 states with constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
But public attitudes on this issue are evolving rapidly. Recent polls show that American people as a whole support gay marriage by a slender majority. Among Americans under 30, the majority is two-to-one. So what happens next?Read More »
The candidates in the 2012 election may or may not have addressed big issues, but there is no doubt that the voters did.Read More »