Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Same-Sex Marriage: The New Socialism!

For months, conservatives have equated healthcare reform with socialism. Now, one conservative has moved on to a more comprehensive analysis. Representative Steve King of Iowa argues that same-sex marriage is an essential step on the road to a socialist takeover of the United States:
If there's a push for a socialist society where the foundations of individual rights and liberties are undermined and everybody is thrown together living collectively off one pot of resources earned by everyone, this is one of the goals they have to go to, same sex marriage, because it has to plow through marriage in order to get to their goal. They want public affirmation, they want access to public funds and resources. Eventually all those resources will be pooled because that’s the direction we’re going. And not only is it a radical social idea, it is a purely socialist concept in the final analysis.

Thanks to Alex Koppelman of for this story.

Update: Think Progress has now covered the issue and provided a longer quotatation.


Kansas City said...

Does the socialist movement support same sex marriage?

I really think the issue of same sex marriages will slowly die, because so many young people couldn't care less about whether gays get to marry.

On a related point, I saw where the new "tell all" book on President Bush says he refused to accept proposed lines in a commencement address opposing same sex marriage, because he did not want to tell some kid in the audience that he/she could not get married. I know lefties hated Bush (for reasons I never really understood), but I think he was a good man and this small story illustrates his basic decency, in the form of his concern for the feelings of unknown gay kids who would be in the audience on a special day. It speaks well of him.

Elizabeth said...

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

KC: I heard that report too, BUT, any kid who reads would know that Bush proposed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. That message reached millions of "kids." I am not sure how many people were in the audience at the commencement ceremony.

Elizabeth: I think Twain might actually find this shocking.

liberal dissent said...

KC: If it were true. And I am not sure how you "never really understood" the anger towards Bush on the left (and the center, and the right; I know plenty of staunch, lifelong conservatives who grew completely disgusted with him). The incompetence, the disdain for the Constitution, the belief that he was appointed by God, his complete inability to properly judge character (leading to his appointment of immoral incompetents like Cheney, Gonzalez, and Bolton to his administration), his documented refusal to confront reality (demonstrated by his selective filtering of intelligence on Iraq, up to the point where he would grow angry at military and intelligence professionals who gave him news he didn't like), the fact that his presidency failed on every front, domestically and internationally. He's probably the only politician I've heard of who has actually referred to himself as a "good man", in a bizarre mix of arrogance, insecurity, and smugness. If the only good thing you can say about him is that one anecdote regarding an easy moral stance to take with a speechwriter that he wouldn't be willing to do with his own party, I think that's telling about his character.

Elizabeth said...

Liberal Dissent, excellent points on Dubya.

When you say,

his complete inability to properly judge character (leading to his appointment of immoral incompetents like Cheney, Gonzalez, and Bolton to his administration)

I am also reminded of his assessment of Putin, whom he liked from the first sight. He saw "soul" in Putin's eyes...

Kansas City said...

These responses show how deranged lefties still are about Bush.

You could simply acknowledge that Bush did a nice thing in refusing to spoil a kid's graduation or at least hurt a kid's feelings with a statement against gay marriage.

Instead, you attack him on other issues, including "the fact that his presidency failed on every front, domestically and internationally." Blinded by political bias.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

KC: It is patently contradictory to state a desire to protect gay kids from hearing about anti-gay discrimination while trying to pass a constitutional amendment legalizing anti-gay discrimination. Sorry - that is DERANGED, not criticism regarding Bush.

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