Tuesday, March 14, 2006

"Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn't place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Jamie Raskin, testifying Wednesday, March 1, 2006 before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in response to a question from Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs about whether marriage discrimination against gay people is required by "God's Law."
Two of the most "conservative" people I knew, both women, one my age, the other in her 70s, one Catholic, the other protestant, both right wing radio & cable TV junkies, still bitching about liberals & Clinton well after 9/11 - I often think about how happy they must be now. To have the president they want, the congress they want, the courts they want; the "wars" for "freedom" they want; the national security laws & agencies they want; the state anti-gay marriage amendments they advocate; the power & influence of the religious right they support. & no matter how low the Bush/Cheney polls fall, the reactionary machinery is already in place & nobody can shut it down now. Good times for these two, seeing their dreams for America come true.

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