JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OBAMA’S DECISION TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE – WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IN POLITICAL TERMS – FACTS ON AMERICA AS “CHRISTIAN NATION”   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN BY SONIA VERMA IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

I don’t think Ms. Verma’s analysis hits the mark.

The American public is pretty evenly divided on gay marriage.

So there is no gain or risk in Obama’s taking this public position.

The even split simply allows him to take what is a principled position.

American politics are so poisonous and divisive in general that no one takes a principled position on anything, unless it happens to be favored by at least half the people.

Obama himself has demonstrated in over three years of power not a single meaningful position of principle apart from this.

He is, sadly after such promise in his rise, a complete creature of the establishment, and today’s establishment in the US doesn’t genuinely care about matters like this.

It is the belly-over-belt crowd that is viciously opposed to this basic principle, and Obama cannot command their votes in any case.
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“We get away with doing alot of stupid things, for a while. Then the accumulation leads to more stupid decisions until we reach a tipping point.

“Same sex marriage is just one more stupid thing heaped upon the pile.”

Yes, and it is clear you are a true expert in stupidity.
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“America is a Christian nation!

“Obama is trying to force his lifestyle on America!”

Christian nation?

America?

You do not have any idea what you are talking about.

Can you see the Christ who chased the money-changers out of the temple thinking corporate America was to his liking?

Can you see the Christ who addressed the least of these accepting America’s ghettos and grinding poverty while wealth spills out like water in many places?

Can you see the Christ who commanded turning the other cheek accepting the blood-soaked horrors of Afghanistan or Iraq or Vietnam?

If, by Christian nation, you refer to its founders, then you simply have read no history:

http://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/ashcroft-american-history-and-speaking-in-tongues/

Readers may also enjoy these examinations of America’s Christian Corporatism and its crackpot leaders:

http://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/in-jesus-name/

http://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/jabba-apologizes/

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