"But right now Progressives are the Table Scraps Wing of the NeoLiberal Party, and a little conflicted about staying there. Or, as noted on his Majority Report program today (paraphrasing): It's odd how the Obama administration starts showing up on one of the progressive social issues, just when it's screwing them on an economic one. "
This leads me to something that I have been thinking about, but am almost afraid to say out loud: Gay marriage is our abortion. There's a difference, of course- I support gay marriage, and don't support bans on abortion. What I mean is that, like the recent flurry of State laws aimed at stopping abortion, gay marriage is the bone that our "leaders" throw us to get us to forgive them for not dealing honestly with the real issues facing all of us. Obama is selling down the river everything it is supposed to mean to be a Democrat, and thereby helping the Republicans cause a new depression, but it's all okay, because he is going to let gay people get married. That's the idea, anyway.
Well, it's not okay with me. I want to live in a country with the standard of living provided by other rich industrialized countries, not in a newly-created third world hellhole. That is the real choice facing this country, and pandering to the base with marginal social issues is going to do no more to solve that problem than teaching creationism or preaching about meaningless "family values."