If my political party blatantly appealed to my fear rather than rationality when it came to matters of, well, anything; if it actively scapegoated certain groups of people for the purposes of furthering – nay, distracting me from – its real agenda; or if it kept a list of hot-button issues in its back pocket from which to draw on whenever the going got tough for it, I’d feel pretty fucking stupid and manipulated after the second or third time I took the bait.
So when I hear Bush is trotting out the ol’ gay marriage ban dog and pony show again, I can’t help but wonder if, this time, it’ll have the same effect Doughboy --- and the rest of the GOP --- is hoping for.
I’d like to think people are smarter than that (I’m being generous here, because really, they freakin’ re-elected the guy), but I also find this particularly aggravating. Because: If you align yourself with a political party that proclaims it has the highest of moral values, how can you condone the fact that they’re pulling some of the dirtiest tricks in the book? And not just one time, but multiple times? And with some great predictability at that?
What does that say about you?