Common Ground with Lou Dobbs: “Nonsense” “Insult to the Intelligence of Every Voter” “Smarmy”
It’s not often that Lou Dobbs and I find common ground but on the issue of so-called marriage amendment politics we are right there, standing together.
In a commentary on his program in June (which I can’t believe I missed), Dobbs stated his views on the effort to use the federal marriage amendment to drive votes this fall:
The president and the Senate’s Republican leadership are now claiming that an amendment to our Constitution is necessary to save the American family. No matter how you feel about the issue, and many of us feel deeply, a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is utter and complete nonsense. It’s an insult to the intelligence of every voter, Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative.
The president and the Senate are focusing on one of the few reasons that has not been proven to cause divorce. They instead should look to financial hardships, and the lack of communication about family finances. The median family income is stagnating while gasoline costs and higher interest rates are eating up the family budget.
Nor is the Senate looking at the national tragedy of out-of-wedlock births: In seven states, more than 40 percent of our children are born out of wedlock. Nationally, more than one out of three of our children are born to unmarried parents.
Both political parties love to excite and enliven their so-called “bases” by focusing on wedge issues like gay marriage, abortion, gun control, school prayer and flag burning. Both the Republicans and Democrats raise these issues to distract and divert public attention from the pressing issues that affect our way of life and our nation’s future.
Are these wedge issues really how Congress should be spending its time, especially given how little time politicians spend in Washington, D.C., these days? I’d rather see our 535 elected representatives and this president use their time to combat poverty, fix our crumbling schools, secure our broken borders and ports and hold employers accountable for hiring illegal aliens. And like millions of Americans, I am desperate for a resolution to our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I wonder if the president’s political advisers know just how ill-advised and smarmy this wedge issue looks to the millions of us who want solutions to the critical, urgent problems facing this nation. Worse, I wonder if they even care.
Guess not, Lou. But, I think that the voters do care about being used as pawns in a cynical political game, and I think that they are ready to prove it by voting NO this fall.
What do you all think?
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