Wednesday, February 25, 2004

The Spoilers

This week’s Spoiler of the Year must be split between Ralph Nader and George W. Bush.

Despite his protestations to the contrary, I’m having a hard time seeing that Nader’s run for the Presidency will result in anything but a win for Bush. We all know, as Nader must, too, that he has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the election. All he can possibly do is steal votes from the Democrats. He certainly won’t steal any votes from anyone in the Bush camp, though it is possible he may get a few from independents who might otherwise vote for no one. That said, Nader’s run seems more an act of grandiosity than any real provision for an alternative.

Likewise, I must also give President Bush the award for his stance on a Constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. If we’re amending the Constitution to ban same sex marriages, then that must mean that the current Constitution permits it. If that’s true, wouldn’t the Bush stance be the first time in U.S. history that the Constitution has been amended to take away someone’s rights rather than ensure they are expanded or protected? If it’s not true, then would a Constitutional amendment even be legal? Mr. Bush and the conservative right see it as protecting marriage. But the reality is that what they’re really worried about has to be corporate pocketbooks. I frankly find the idea that homosexual marriage would threaten heterosexual marriage somewhat laughable. I guess same sex marriage must in reality be so appealing that once everyone realizes they can they’ll flock to it. Sure won’t be true for me. Women are much too beautiful for me to give them up!