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A Few Words About Marriage

Posted in Christianity, Morality, Politics, Relationships, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by Xajow

After a lot of blather in the news media the past few days about Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks on gay marriage (don’t lesbians want to get married too?), President Obama has now officially said “it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

What took him so long?

Of course, he and I still disagree some on this matter. Obama still believes the states should be able to pass laws about homosexual marriage, and I think the government should just get out of the marriage business altogether. No more government interference in marriage licensing would solve the problem because then marriage would be  a private contract between two individuals and thus their sexual orientation would mostly be legally irrelevant.

“But  you’re a Christian,” I can guess some of you are saying, “how can you be in favor of gay marriage?” I am in favor of the government not imposing religious values. I am in favor of treating others they way I want to be treated. Yes, I know the Bible says homosexual acts are sins. It also says “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 5:32 NKJV) Yet divorced people get married again all the time. I don’t see anyone arguing that should be made illegal.

Marriage is a commitment between two people (or more if you want allow polygamy, but that is another discussion), and I am not greater than those two people. So why should I want their marriage to be against the law simply because their sexual behavior is a sin in my theology? Some people would consider kinky sex between heterosexual individuals to also be a sin. Shall we pass laws against marriage between heterosexuals who use something besides the missionary position?  I hope not.

I cannot and do not support laws against homosexual marriage. And I think it would actually be immoral if I did.

More Proof the Obama Administration Doesn’t Get It

Posted in Economics, Morality, Patriotism, Politics, Taxes with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Xajow

Over at The Caucus, the (a?) political blog at The New York Times, is a quote from a recent Joe Biden speech.

“Wealthy people are just as patriotic as middle-class people, as poor people, and they know they should be doing more,” Mr. Biden said. “We’re not supposed to have a system with one set of rules for the wealthy and one set of rules for everyone else.”

For the love of pizza… Really? Later on the Times blog post says,

But aides to Mr. Obama are hoping that Mr. Biden’s speech will begin to shift the debate about taxes on the wealthy from an abstraction to one that focuses directly on Mr. Romney.

Mr. Obama’s aides hope to achieve that by using the term “Romney Rule,” which they believe will force Mr. Romney to acknowledge that opposing the president’s proposals would benefit him personally.

So the Obama administration is supporting this speech. Clearly the Obama administration does not get it.

First of all, if some wealthy people want to be patriotic and give more money to the U.S. government, no one is stopping them from doing so. They are free to write the IRS a bigger check than required. They are, as even a lowly schmoe like me was able to find out, free to send money as a gift to the U.S. Treasury. For those of you wealthy folks who missed my earlier comments on this, the address is:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Credit Accounting Branch
3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
Hyattsville, MD 20782

If you think I am making this up, feel free to go to the U.S. Treasury’s own website and see for yourself.
Yep, that is a .gov web address.

The point here being that if some wealthy people want to give more money to the U.S. government, then they should do so without insisting on higher taxes. If this is really about patriotism and supporting the country, then stop making it about taking other people’s money. Because when you push for taxes, you are exactly making it about taking other people’s money. The desire to tax—i.e. force—other people to do something you apparently cannot be bothered to do voluntarily is not patriotism.

Second, if we are “not supposed to have a system with one set of rules for the wealthy and one set of rules for everyone else,” then why is the Obama administration pushing for exactly that? A “Buffet Rule” by its very definition is a different set of rules for the wealthy.

I wonder if these politicians even care about the duplicitous nature of the things that come out of their mouths. They are brazen about it. The more they talk, the more convinced I am that they believe the American people are idiots. And for some reason, we keep propping these politicians up. So long as they promise us something for nothing, apparently we don’t care about the lies they tell either. Maybe we are idiots.