Thursday, June 26, 2003

On Sodomy...

The Supreme Court today struck down Texas’ law prohibiting sodomy between same sex couples. I applaud that ruling. In my opinion, the government has no business inside the sex lives of consenting adults. Period.

Texas argued that it had a compelling interest in protecting marriage, as it is conventionally defined. Though I suspect its arguments were truly fueled by conservative right religious agendas, the state does have an argument. It wants as many little taxpayers it can get its hands on. We truly live in an addictive society, and this approach is one symptom of it.

Meanwhile, some first evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is showing up under the auspices of the CIA. I take that evidence with some skepticism. This is the CIA showing it off after all. They are under pressure to produce something.

That said, I believe the evidence is real.

Regardless of whether it is or not, our real attention needs to be focused on what is happening in Iraq. The Bush administration got its little war, deposed the dictator even though they didn’t kill him or have been able to find him, and now seems more focused on getting re-elected than on what happens to that country. If it wasn’t clear before, it is clear now that we had no real plans for putting Iraq together after we tore it apart; and that is irresponsible. If we don’t take action to stabilize the country and take it in the direction we wanted it to go from the start, it will fall to whomever among the fundamentalist Moslem clerics can grab the most power. Indeed, there is a real threat that if we do not find Sadam and he is alive, that all the bloodshed and expense might have accomplished in the long run will be to bring about exactly what we went to war to prevent.