January 22, 2004
It's interesting to watch how conservatives control the national political conversation. They depend on the general truth that conservatives have popular support on morality issues, like homosexuality and drugs, while liberals stand with the populace on the political issues, like wages, health care, and taxes. Whenever political issues start becoming, well, the issue, they throw out "gay marriage" or "sex education" and the real discourse disappears. Problem solved.
Unfortunately, the emotion involved in many questions of morality overshadows the rational discussion on more political issues. This serves their purposes well, because the plutocracy of the right is camouflaged by their smokescreen of hypocitical indignation at the "immoral" behavior of their focus. Many citizens, fixated on the bedrooms and doctor's offices of others, ignore their own financial and educational best interests when they vote based solely on morality issues. It seems, for them, to be okay for Bush to give the rich a huge tax break at our children's expense and send the sons and daughters of the middle- and lower-class to die for lies and oil as long as he keep the gays from getting uppity, right?Posted by tat at January 22, 2004 10:38 AM