Apropos of the recent news out of New York (which certainly counts as What's Wrong With the World), Lawrence Auster's commentators have more interesting comments to make than I do. One commentator asks, "What were the Republican lawmakers afraid of?" A pertinent question.
A couple of others answer. (Note--my convention is always to put quotation marks around the term "marriage" when describing the sickening simulacrum between two men or two women. I have silently changed these comments to do the same.)
Some posters at VFR wonder why Republican politicians in NY caved into the liberal, media pressure to vote for gay "marriage." Where is that fear coming from?
That fear in part is from the belief that liberal principles are intuitively right. Equality is the sine qua non of the contemporary moral and legislative agenda. All of American and world history is moving inevitably towards an egalitarian society. Gay "marriage" is but one aspect of that engine. The fear for the Republican is a deeply sub-conscious one--"I need to be on the right side of history, I cannot be seen to be against egalitarianism." Even if I believe that homosexuality is morally wrong, my philosophy of government is all-inclusive. In this sense, American history and government can work against morality.
The objective of complete egalitarianism has been enshrined by the civil rights movement of the '60s. There was an air of inevitability about it that has been translated into the gay rights arena. Politicians that voted against total racial integration changed their opinions decades later. The same attitude holds forth today. You may vote against homosexual "marriage" today but some day you will change your vote. We will give you endless opportunities to do so over the next few years--the result is inevitable.
They are afraid of the press, which has a strong influence on their reelection. Any Republican who switches on gay "marriage" can be a maverick or a brave truth-teller of conscience. A Republican who does not switch is a homophobe and reprobate.
They are afraid of the bad opinion of their society in general. This is because, within the ruling class, gay "marriage" is highly if not overwhelmingly popular. It is true that any Republican will know many proles who oppose gay "marriage." But they do not interact with such people every day. They interact daily with the educated class.
They also seek the good opinion in particular cases of their family or close friends. Many people have a homosexual within their family, and most of their family supports that person and his or her partner. Even more people have close friends who have a homosexual close to them.
They are also afraid of the future. Recall that progressives control all education in this country, at all levels. The new generation is fully indoctrinated with rights and equality, not to mention "social justice." They support gay "marriage" at much higher rates than older people.
These observations seem like an accurate indication of how the Republican traitors have come to their treachery and of how they have been taught to think. I hope they are duly punished in the next election. I seem to recall that a conservative group promised to blacklist any politicians who caved on this issue. Let's hope they carry through.
I have only one thought to add: The religious "exemptions" added at the eleventh hour apparently influenced some of the Republicans. Notice how this fits into the idea that this has something to do with equality. The idea apparently is that if we put in religious "exemptions" this can be a win-win situation. This is, of course, a lie. What the Republicans who caved refuse to recognize is that the homosexual agenda is never win-win. It is a zero-sum game. If they win, traditionalists lose. It's that simple. But such simple truth is out of style in the land of politics.
Pray, Christians, for our nation.