In recent weeks, the Bush Administration has been rallying conservative Christians across America to support the "Marriage Protection Amendment", which, if passed with a majority of two thirds in Congress, would be inked into the US Constitution, henceforth banning gays from the so-called "sanctity of marriage".
Before I broach the issue a little further, perhaps the biggest irony of this "Marriage Protection Amendment", it seems, is never really about protection. In true Republican, fascist fashion, the amendment's objectives, in tandem with just about practically every Republican policy, is really to hijack more civil rights from the average American.
From the despotic terms of the Patriot Act, to the Bush Administration's handling of the prisoners of Guantanamo, tis clear that Bush and his fellow despots do not think that human rights and civil liberties are worth a dime. To them, the average American is just a small fry for the big fishes(big corporations, despotic characters, etc), willing to be exploited with minimal fuss.
So, the question that ought to be asked, at this point of time, is: Are the Bushies really that concerned about gays, or are they such a threat to the institution of marriage (if there really ever is such a institution), that they have to go through all the muss and fuss to bring up the whole issue to Congress?
BUSH ADMINISTRATION: FAILURES, FAILURES, AND MORE FAILURES
Ever since Bush took over the helm as the "Commander-in-chief" (Read: Simian-in-hiding), America has been under seige, one way or another.
Which really is kind of unfortunate, if you consider how Christians consider America to be blessed (God Bless America).
Pardon the punt, but if this is the same looney Gawk is blessing America with, I'd think of God as some looney in a bin, rather than an aloof, stuck-up, all powerful deity they made him out to be.
First, it was the terrorists who struck on the tragic day of Sep 11, 2001. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq followed.
And then there was the penultimate "God-sent" disaster: The New Orleans flooding.
In the midst of trials and tribulations, not only have the Bush Administration not risen to the ocassion, they have been found wanting, with George Simian Bush being the chief culprit of them all.
While the American Armed forces have been swift in destroying the renegade bastions of the Taliban and Saddam respectively, the abject failure to apprehend Osama bin Laden, the chief master of terror, in the rugged, mountainous regions of the Pakistani-Afghan border(thought to be the hiding place of Osama), and the subsequent failures to arrest the continuing violence and anarchy in Iraq (Despite the installment of a puppet Iraqi government), has drawn continuing criticisms from critics, who charge that the ineptness of the Bush Administration to think beyond techno-wizardries, has brought about this terrible, tragic mess.
HURRICANE KATRINA: BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE?
The events leading to Hurricane Katrina cruelly exposed the frailities of America's elite units, both military and non-military, and much of it can be attributed to Bush's ineptness. By activating the Reserve Guards for military stints in Iraq, America was left exposed to the elements.
In the hour of need, the Reserve Guards, who were supposedly formed to contain such civil contingencies, was found wanting, no thanks to the unexpected burden borne in by them in Iraq.
ABU GHARIB, GUANTANAMO: AMERICA'S SHAME
Failures aside, policies instated by the Administration, geared towards protecting "American Interests", are merely cheap imitations of fascist and nazi policies, with the gulags of Guantanamo and Abu Gharib being the most notorious of them all. Thousands of "suspected" terrorists have been held, against their will, in detention camps, which are held in such secrecy that little or nothing ever leaks out from these appalling gulag camps. News of inmate abuse are rife, and recent reports of 3 Guantanamo inmates hanging themselves with bedsheets only highlights the tension between these detainees and their guards. With virtually no chance of a parole and freedom, the Guantanamo camps have become a symbol of what the Bushies really stand for: The Fascist States of America.
Even American citizens are not spared from Bush's policies. The Patriot Act, a carbon copy of the "Internal Security Act" of Malaysia and Singapore, actually provided legal provisions to federal law enforcement agencies to secure and imprison suspects without trial. Phones can be tapped by these agencies, without explicit approval from the local courts. In other words, the Bush Administration has been empowered to pry into the private lives of ordinary American citizens, and should anyone wishes to run for office in politics, they do better think twice, or live the life of a monk or nun. Because chances are, there is no telling whether anyone can misuse such information for cheap political and financial gains.
In light of such criticisms, support for the Bush Administration, both home and abroad, have dipped, and a recent Gallup Poll suggests that support for Bush and his inept policies have dropped to an all-time low of 31% (2005, May).
Oh sure, they killed Zarqawi (Chief of Al-Qaeda guerillas, Iraq) alright, parading his mangled corpse for all asunder (Funny you don't hear cries of censorship from those violent-phobic Christians), but the whole truth is, Osama is still alive and kicking, America is embroiled in two theatres of war, one of which was never justified in the first place, and America is no less vulnerable to terrorist attacks since the 911 incident.
In short, the Bush Administration has completely failed to achieve its agenda, and despite the rhetorics and counter-arguments, the unbridled truth is that, Bush screwed up. And America has to pay that price for his failures.
MARRIAGE AMENDMENT: A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
Understandably, the Administration's glaring errors, both at home and abroad, have triggered opposition towards the Bush Administration.
What really matters, however, is waning local support. With the mid-term elections coming up, the Bush Administration is banking on their last bastion of support from the one group amongst the masses: The Conservative Fundies.
Quite possibly the staunchest republican supporters of the lot, these fundies will be the ones the Bushies must appeal to, because they are a sizeable lot, and they are the ones the Republicans bank on for the last two terms.
In an hour of desperate need, the Republicans are gambling on one of their last chips in hand: A ban on gay marriage.
By bringing up the seemingly fraudulent concerns of "marriage protection", the Republicans have effectively married themselves with right wing bigots.
And that, my friends, is what the Republicans are after.
THE FLIP SIDE OF THINGS
Of course, the flip side of this obnoxious "marriage", really, is that you open a can of worms for preceding Presidents to follow. If the Constitution could be amended to accomodate erroneous laws of a religious nature, and worst still, a deprivation of basic human rights(which the Patriot Act has already done), the American Constitution will really be nothing more than "a god-damned piece of paper".
Deceptions and religious fundamentalism aside, too much precious time has been spent on debating on the marriage issue.
More debates in Congress should focus on bringing the American troops back home, and combating real terrorism. Throwing Muslims and other suspected terrorists into gulag camps does not eradicate terrorism; neither will blatant use of phone tapping technology.
As long as Americans keep voting for Republicans, you can be assured that these dastardly politicians will make use of conservative policies at the expense of civil rights to fool the masses away from the real issues at hand.