As incredible as it seems, there are still those among us who think it clever and above it all to say that in America there is only the Republicrat Party. If you’re one of those people who persist in saying that there is no difference between the parties, I would urge you to read this article from today’s Washington Post:

Yesterday’s House debate on same-sex marriage was pure dead horse: The Senate last month rejected — emphatically — a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to ban same-sex marriage, so there was zero chance the amendment could be approved this year. But members of the House were answering to a Higher Authority.

“It’s part of God’s plan for the future of mankind,” explained Rep. John Carter (R-Tex.).

Rep. Bob Beauprez (R- Colo.) also found “the very hand of God” at work. “We best not be messing with His plan.”

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) agreed that “it wasn’t our idea, it was God’s.”

“I think God has spoken very clearly on this issue,” said Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), a mustachioed gynecologist who served as one of the floor leaders yesterday. When somebody quarreled with this notion, Gingrey replied: “I refer the gentleman to the Holy Scriptures.”


Sorry, but Democrats don’t talk like that. Here’s something else Democrats don’t say:

Gingrey, the floor leader/gynecologist, posited that the debate was “about values and how this great country represents them to the world.” After the vote, he elaborated: “This is probably the best message we can give to the Middle East in regards to the trouble we are having over there right now.”

Right. And liberals are the ones who don’t get it about the war on terror?

Need more evidence? Consider the vote in the Senate on the stem cell bill. Of the thirty-seven Senators who voted against it, how many do you think were Democrats?

Answer: One. (Ben Nelson of Nebraska).

The fact is the main political fault line in this country is no longer liberal vs. conservative. It’s sane vs. insane. I know which side I’m on.

Comments

  1. #1 Bill
    July 19, 2006

    I’m sorry to see someone of your intellect be blinded by his political ideology. Yes, you are correct about the insanity of the Republican party, but don’t think for a second that the Democratic party is the bastion for good science.

    Specifically, Democrats tend to be very bad when it comes to economic science. They will easily ignore the fact of scarcity, the laws of supply and demand, and opportunity costs for political expediency.

    Anyway, I am with you 100% when you bash Republicans for their “insanity” on gay marriage, stem cells, and evolution. And hurrah on your article about McCain!

    (No, I do not think Republicans are any better when it comes to economics.)

  2. #2 ivy privy
    July 20, 2006

    After the vote, he elaborated: �This is probably the best message we can give to the Middle East in regards to the trouble we are having over there right now.�

    Here’s an article that may surprise a few people:
    Misyar offers marriage-lite in strict Saudi society


    The 25-year-old Saudi security guard opted to marry Zeinab, also a Saudi, through a “misyar” contract — a kind of marriage-lite under which couples often live separately but get together regularly, sometimes just for sex.

    Khaled and Zeinab are among thousands of people who choose misyar in this ultraconservative Islamic kingdom where contact between unrelated men and women is forbidden and extramarital sex regarded as a grave sin.

    Misyar also offers an alternative to cash-strapped men who want to avoid lavish weddings but would like a relationship, without incurring the wrath of the morality police.

    Under misyar, the husband is not financially responsible for his wife, and the marriage often ends in divorce.

  3. #3 wamba
    July 20, 2006

    I do not belong to either of those parties, and once considered myself a centrist. However, Bush, Rove & Co have taken the Republican party so far to the right, and McCain and Frist are following so eagerly, that I certainly will be voting Democratic for the foreseeable future.

    Here’s an interesting headline, as Bush addresses an NAACP meeting for the first time of his presidency:
    Bush laments poor Republican relations with blacks

  4. #4 Arundo Hilla
    August 22, 2006

    I think the biggest difference between Republicans and Democrats is that the Replublican leadership all seem to show symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder. Like the propensity to lie pathologically and not understand why that isn’t okay.

    The Democrats are actually a centrist party, BTW, and the GOP are right-wing extremists, in case anyone doesn’t realize that by now.