Wednesday, January 21, 2004

state of union

When I got home last evening the radio was tuned to Bush's State of the Union address. I entered moments before the White House squatter announced he would be supporting the anti-marriage Constitutional amendment. "Activist judges ... have begun redefining marriage by court order, without regard for the will of the people and their elected representatives. On an issue of such great consequence, the people's voice must be heard. If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process. Our nation must defend the sanctity of marriage." Y'gotta parse this guy like the Torah, man. "If ... the only alternative ... would be ..." The Massachusetts Supreme Court has decided gay people get to marry ... a few months from now ... because it's really unjust that gay people can't marry ... except, since it's been unjust for so long, what's another six months? One might wonder why Bush didn't say, "Since ... the only alternative ... is ..." Matthew Yglesias guesses that Bush means he'll support a Constitutional amendment to ban marriage (for same-sex couples) only if a federal court tosses the Denial of Marriage Act. Really? The only suggestion that Bush doesn't mean he's for amending the Constitution right now is that weird subjunctive ... "would be" ...

I didn't listen any further. The creature's voice digs bloody furrows in my soul. So we turned him off.

Kent, having heard more of it, tells me Bush is now calling those phantom bogies, the WMD: "weapons of mass destruction-related program activities" ... This is one of those phrases that fascinates me like a sparkling light. I could chant it for hours. Chuckling dementedly all the time.

Kent also heard, "America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people." Kent asked, "Who gets a permission slip? The good boy. Who doesn't? The bad boy." Right. If the community of nations is a classroom of children each needs a permission slip from a proper adult authority to do anything normally not allowed. Because, you know, when we're talking a group of autonomous adults the idea of a "permission slip" just doesn't come up. Those who want good relations with the others keep the concerns of the others in mind, especially when what's doing is violent and dangerous. Of course, Bush baby was a bad baby so pissing on the permission slip was likely something he did and recalls proudly.

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