Is there a more meaningless cliche than “fabric of our nation”? I can’t think of one. It’s a perfect little piece of empty rhetoric, repeated ad nauseum without anyone bothering to ask what on earth it means. It just seems to be a phrase that people trot out when they’re against something but they can’t come up with a tangible, concrete reason why they’re against it. So they say that it “destroys the fabric of our nation” and everyone who agrees with them nods in agreement, not having a clue what it actually means but knowing it sounds good. The perfectly pointless rhetorical flourish.
This phrase tends to be used more often by conservatives and the list of things that have been accused of “destroying” this fabric is long – flag burning, abortion, separation of church and state, drugs, divorce, moral relativism, and of course, gay marriage. Sometimes these things are said not to destroy the fabric but merely to “stain” the fabric. You know, you’d think with a nearly $2 trillion budget, we could afford to Scotchguard the fabric of the nation.