After John and I wrapped up another excellent show last night, he sent me an email containing a tweet from Fox news that incredibly read 66% of their viewers did not agree with the Minnesota Senate Republicans putting an anti gay marriage amendment on the ballot in 2012. These are FOX news viewers! Yet, despite the overwhelming negative response to their hate filled initiative from their own base, the Minnesota GOP continues to push this issue with a fervor. Pushing aside the jobless rate, the deficit, the loss of industry, instead they focus on this incredibly unnecessary issue.
Now the Democrats are not sitting still, god love them. They are trying. They are. Sen. Barb Goodwin, the Democratic Senator from Columbia Heights tried to amend the bill to include a ban on divorce. That predictably failed. Senator Steve Simon from St. Louis Park made an impassioned plea, ”How many gays must God create before we accept that he wants them around?” They are trying, but the GOP are bullies and oppressors that will not be stopped.
I sat down and gave this issue a good think. I found that I kept asking myself the same question over and over to try to figure out where the GOP is coming from.
Where is the disconnect? The GOP was elected to focus on the deficit and the jobless rate. What was their first initiate to alleviate those issues facing the great state of Minnesota? Gay marriage. Now those of us with a clue, realize that their “elect us if you want a job” platform was all smoke being blown up our proverbial asses. Unfortunately, there are some Minnesotans who have never been able to discern when they are being lied to. We only have to look to our neighbor to the east to find this reality. It is a shame, because we are all going to pay for their gullibility.
Where is the disconnect? It is in the priorities of those elected officials. The separation of church and state is no longer a barrier to their ability to legislate their so-called morality. While I sit here and write this, I am wondering if the majority of Minnesotans will allow me the same rights as they enjoy. Or will they tell me that this right is exclusively theirs and to go fuck myself. What we have here is the majority voting on the rights of the few. I thought the constitution safeguarded us against such aggressive behavior. Not for the GOP who constantly bends the constitution to their will, all the while crying that they are the only ones trying to protect its sanctity.
Where is the disconnect? Minneapolis was just named the gayest city in America by The Advocate magazine Yet, while we have been won this ignoble award, the GOP is doing everything in its power to erase our reputation of affable, all inclusive, non-prejudicial , dare I say Minnesota nice, attitude that we have been proud of all these decades. The Minnesota Republicans do not see that we are a state that rejects this selfish “you are either with me or against me” attitude.
I tried to understand their motivation. As reprehensible and hate filled as that motivation seemed to be, I honestly tried to see where they were coming from. Unfortunately, after fruitlessly trying to find an answer to my question, I found an even bigger question.
Where is the outrage?