When they say Biden had a gaffe…

…what everyone really means is he said something true that a lot of people don’t want to hear.

Vice President Joe Biden predicted Friday the evolution in thinking that will permit gays to soon serve openly in the military eventually will bring about a national consensus for same-sex marriage.

Changes in attitudes by military leaders, those in the service and the public allowed the repeal by Congress of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Biden noted in a nationally broadcast interview on Christmas eve.

“I think the country’s evolving,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.:” And I think you’re going to see, you know, the next effort is probably going to be to deal with so-called DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). He said he agreed with Obama that his position in gay marriage is “evolving.”

Here are the basic facts that support Biden:

  • The U.S. Constitution does not give the states or feds the ability to discriminate against gays as a group.
  • The U.S. Constitution, in fact, bans such discrimination.
  • The point of marriage as sanctioned by the government is to provide a framework of rights to two individuals.
  • As more and more people come out as gay, more and more people realize that they never had anything to fear.
  • Christianity is losing its grip. I mean, let’s not get crazy and feed into the persecution complex so common among Christians: the religion is still extremely strong and to be a Christian in America is to have an overall advantage in so many ways (sort of like how being white is an overall advantage).
  • But it hasn’t the grip it once did.

  • Old people tend to be bigots at a higher rate than young people. They also tend to die at a much higher rate. And if we add 1 and 1…

Now sit back and wait for the bigot organizations to use Biden’s statements as a source of fear; they’ll use his words to try and thwart lesser efforts than gay marriage, all the while claiming that their concern is to prevent a slippery slope to equality in marriage. Of course, that will be one of their concerns, but their bigger concern will be to prevent gays from enjoying any civil rights whatsoever.

4 Responses

  1. I don’t have the heart for a full response but I only really want to say one thing.

    True, older people do tend to be “bigoted” at least in the sense that we established in earlier posts. That is to say that given the definition of the word, everyone is a bigot.

    AND yes they do tend to die at a higher rate.

    BUT younger people get older, and the old people now are the same ones that were so liberal in the 60s. I think its safe to assume that the natural progression is to become more conservative as one gets older, in general.

    By conservative I don’t necessarily mean in the political sense but they tend to avoid change just for the sake of it, which is not progress, its change. there is a difference you know.

    Its nice to see that you have now expanded your “privileged” class to include Christians and whites. I still argue that your better off in this country being a minority and no amount of whinging is going to change that fact.

    Merry Christmas, Michael. Going to attend the cup on new years?

  2. Since Bob is probably busy with family (I assume), I feel like I should respond to myself for him, at least until he can get to it.

    AHEM.

    Garbage, nate, lol. As usual! lol filth! smut! I’m unsubscribing! Continue your spewing!

    Merry Christmas to you too Bob, I enjoy arguing with you most of the time!

  3. Correction: men may become more conservative as they age, but many women become more radical as they realize what traditional values mean for women: discrimination, condescension, expected subservience, unwanted childbirth, and lower pay for work of equal value.

  4. Oh yes we conservatives believe in all of that, you’re completely right.

    Wait… ah yes, sorry, I’m back in reality now.

    Don’t confuse party affiliation with political affiliation.

    Gallup says (and other polls consistently show) That young people are just as likely to identify as a conservative as a liberal. Conservatism, as a political identity, continues to grow through the population as you increase the age. When you get to our senior citizens you’re faced with an overwhelming plurality, almost 50%, identifying as conservative.

    My guess is that women are socially liberal, but social issues typically take a backseat to fiscal issues when the rubber meets the road.

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