On being used

Posted: December 23, 2008 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Continuing the topic of my last post there is something I said that should be elaborated on:

I suspect beyond the core set of true believers the support is actually very thin. It is what the “enlightened” and “right” type of people support to show how good and tolerant they are. It allows people to feel good about themselves without actually doing anything. It keep them safe from that most dreaded charge of bigotry. In short it is an exercise in narcissism.

It is my opinion that the left in general and the democratic party in particular will use the supporters of gay marriage for their fundraising, votes and for their organization as long as it is to their political benefit. If the worm turns (see 2nd amendment rights for an example) they party will run from them like a scared rabbit.

It is up to actual supporters of Gay Marriage who truly believe this is a civil rights issue to decide if that thin help is worth it. Perhaps they believe that there is no chance for a cultural reversal, media would suggest that may be the case, but demographics do not. Or maybe the short terms gains outweigh the risks of long terms betrayal. Or perhaps they gay marriage supports are pragmatic in the political sense.

I don’t know but the outrage of the left over the president elects decision means that this choice is going to have to be made. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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