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In 2004, Ohio conservatives were lured to the polls by a Republican initiative to bash unmarried "domestic partners." It was called State Issue 1. Karl Rove had concluded that Junior's re-election chances were iffy and that gay-bashing initiatives in 17 states would encourage the evangelical/faith-based to come out to the polls. Ohio was one of those 17 states.
Ohio voters voted 2-1 in favor of singling out one specific group of citizens for discrimination. Issue 1 prohibited the recognition, and the performance of, same-sex marriages or civil unions in the state. Ohio, along with many other states, concluded that being free meant that laws that discriminate against gays must be made part of the Ohio Constitution.
Naturally, Issue 1 was sold as a means of protecting "traditional marriage"......from what exactly, no one has been able to clearly articulate. 2012 is another general election year, and so it's no surprise that several states are going for the "freedom" angle again to encourage voters who are less-than-enthralled with Mr. Romney to come out to the polls.
The state of North Carolina has already made same-sex marriage illegal. But simply making same-sex marriages illegal is not good enough anymore. So, N. Carolina voters will be voting this coming Tuesday on whether or not to make the same-sex ban a part of the state constitution. You see, it's not emphatic enough, not a strong enough statement, to simply make same-sex marriage illegal......the way to really institutionalize discrimination is to smear, humiliate and bash a tiny minority group permanently.....by rewriting discriminatory changes into the state constitution.
N. Carolina's new gay-bashing initiative is strongly supported by GOP State Senator, Peter Brunstetter. According to his wife, Mr. Brunstetter is the "architect" of Amendment One. Get a load of what Mrs. Brunstetter reportedly told reporters....
“During the conversation, Ms. Brunstetter said her husband was the architect of Amendment 1, and one of the reasons he wrote it was to protect the Caucasian race. She said Caucasians or whites created this country. We wrote the Constitution. This is about protecting the Constitution. There already is a law on the books against same-sex marriage, but this protects the Constitution from activist judges.”
That's quite a statement. For discussion purposes, let's go ahead and unpack it, shall we?
it is absolutely undeniable that sometime around 2050,.....barring some race war or something....white Americans will no longer be the majority in the U.S.. To many, many conservative Americans, that is a big and unsettling problem. According to the Brunstetters, banning gay marriage, already illegal in N.Carolina, in the state constitution is a way to protect Caucasians. After all, whites "created this country" and "wrote the Constitution", so what better way to "protect" that Caucasian Constitution than by institutionalizing the discrimination of gays in N. Carolina's state constitution? Also, too...Amendment One would keep any non-Caucasian "activist" judges-of-the-future from acting all....activist.
If you aren't following the...logic?....don't feel like the Lone Ranger. But what we do have here is a prime example of the white conservative extremist id. Conservatives see a black man in the White House and another black man as head of the Justice Department, undocumented Hispanics threatening future Caucasian dominance, and gays marrying as the prelude to the destruction of the American Sodom and Gomorrah.
To faith-basers.....those realities are overwhelming....suffocating....panic inducing. I would imagine that the Brunstetters in N. Carolina are fine conservative folks who think they are following a path of patriotic righteousness. But they are obviously fearful of what they see as dangerous changes in the country they love. The same country that was founded and organized around the decisions of white males whose Caucasian lawmaking institutionalized slavery in America for 100 years.
Having said all that....this is the lesson to take away from this N. Carolina anecdote.....many, many conservative/Republican voters in the U.S. think of their nation as a Caucasian Christian nation. America was founded, fought for and organized by Caucasian Christians, and because that's historically true.....Caucasian Christians, and they alone, are entitled to decide the future of America.
I do not consider this way of thinking to be overt racism. I don't. It's more of a privileged attitude. A spirit of white-entitlement, if you will. Don't get me wrong......a white-entitlement mentality is totally incompatible with modern America......and cannot survive in the long run.
And that is what gives folks like the Brunstetters down in N. Carolina a feeling of hopelessness and desperation. Their once great Caucasian Christian nation is changing right in front of their eyes and they don't know what to do about it.
And so they fight back with pitiful initiatives of desperation and bitterness.