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Sunday, April 5, 2015

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'

Written by Bob Dylan 53 years ago, The Times They are a-Changin'  became an anthem for change and was ranked #59 in the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone was #1.  #2?  The Rolling Stones' Satisfaction.

In any case, the Republicans just are not listening and not a-changing, for both the states of Indiana and Arkansas opened up an embarrassing can of worms for the sake of religious freedom.  Yes, the laws will be adjusted, yes gays will continue to make progress and yes the Republicans will camouflage their differences by the next presidential election, which is already next year.

Only 20 years ago 27% said yes to gay marriage in the USA.   In a CBS News poll in 2009, 6% of Republicans said yes to gay marriage, 46% for Democrats.Today, 60% approve. Actually, a poll less than a month ago showed an increase to 63%
While the latest surveys have indicated a sudden shift by many Republicans towards gay marriage,  apparently, the legislatures of Indiana and Arkansas, and their governors, must still be living in the past.   Republicans mostly seemed to get blindsided by the public reaction to Indiana/Arkansas.  Their initial knee-jerk reaction to this backlash was to label Obama and Clinton as supporters of the kind of legislation that was just passed.  Those Clinton and Obama votes, of course, came more than a decade ago when the American people still felt squeamish about gays getting official approval to marry.  Sure these states will adjust as necessary, but the core belief remains, a worrisome context for progress.

Here is a whole list About.com highlighted of a few Republicans and their marriages:
  • Ronald Reagan divorced the mother of two of his children to marry Nancy Reagan, who bore him a a daughter only 7 months after the marriage.
  • Bob Dole divorced his wife who had nursed him through the long recovery from his war wounds.
  • Net Gingrich divorced his wife who was dying of cancer.
  • Rush Limbaugh and current wife Marta have six marriages and divorces between them.
There are many more, but the posting ended with:

So ... homosexuals are going to destroy the institution of marriage? Wait a minute, it seems the Christian Republicans are doing a fine job without anyone's help!


To be fair, Democrats, too, have their marriage problems, too, and Independent are worse!


Anyway, such is the nature of American politics.  There are liberals, who are mostly Democrats, and there are conservatives, who are mostly Republicans.  To quote:

Historian Gregory Schneider identifies several constants in American conservatism: respect for tradition, support of republicanism, "the rule of law and the Christian religion," and a defense of "Western civilization from the challenges of modernist culture and totalitarian governments.  (The Conservative Century: From Reaction to Revolution)"

That explains what is happening in American politics today.  As the greatest nation ever, you'd think we'd be better than that.  At least it's comforting to know that there is considerable room for improvement to make us a truly great society someday.

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