Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Andrew Sullivan... Turning on a Dime

Andrew Sullivan's support for the war on Islamo-Fascism has collapsed under his passion for pushing the Gay Marriage hubbub at all costs. He's downright testy at Bush over this. He's peeved. He's outraged. He's... hurt.

Andrew, get a grip. Don't take it personally. It's an election ploy.

First, George W. Bush and John Kerry are not that far apart on the issue. Yes, I'm not pleased with Bush hawking a constitutional amendment to placate the religious right. But, let's be real... the "religious right amendment", as Andrew calls it, has NO chance of even making it to Bush's desk for a signature, let along going to the states.

Hey, as a libertarian, there's a lot that does not excite me about Bush and the Republicans, particularly when they start singing "Nearer to God than Thee" with the Evangelical Christian choir. But there are Republican born-again pandering points that I would suggest make the Gay Marriage issue pale in comparison.

Here's one that comes to mind:

Stem Cell Research - what we learn here could redefine the friggin' art of medicine. It could relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for millions. It could provide new industry and livelyhoods for many, many thousands... here... in the United States. But, the rights of a blastocyst, a clump of cells that would be lost on the head of a pin trumps all...

Stem Cell research is GOING to HAPPEN. The products of this research are going to change the world incredibly... for the better. It's going to make the "wonder drug" antibiotics revolution of the 1950s look lame. Hey, if the religious right gets their way, it may happen in South Korea, but it's going to be a reality.

And gay marriage - even if it does not immediately take that name - will be a reality as well. And this will happen in the relatively near future. Here's the bummer part Andrew. It may not happen in your lifetime. And, unfortunately, the importance of the issue is not made more weighty by your mortality. I'm sorry.

Mr. Sullivan has jumped the shark in my book. He has gone from an eccentric, interesting, principled libertarian/conservative thinker (who happened to be gay) to an obsessed, single-issue political scold. He's made a choice and it is the choice of personal self-fufillment that our generation is famous for. War against Islamist fanatics be damned. I want to marry my lover and they won't let me!

I hope he comes out of this soon and regains his insight.


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