Rant now past its’ prime
So…you may have heard a bunch of chatter this week about Rob Portman deciding that it really would be OK and not catastrophic to the world for gay people to marry each other. This was not a decision reached because he was contemplating the welfare of faceless masses of gay people; he came to this conclusion only after he found out his son is gay. I’m happy for him and his family that he seems to be showing an increase of love and understanding which, pretty universally, is a good thing.
But it really bugs me too.
Jon Stewart tries to get at it here with Marco Rubio
who does not engage.
What bugs is that many conservatives do not seem to feel an issue is legitimate until they have personal experience of it. And as a professional policy-maker, I just think IT IS YOUR JOB to actually think through issues that do not touch you or your immediate family but that do affect your constituents and neighbors. It is unlikely, for example, that your daughter is going to come out as an illegal immigrant. Or that your son would come out as a medically uninsured person. Or that your wife comes out as a poor working parent who has a hard time paying for childcare with the poor salary she can earn. Or that your brother will not receive adequate care as a military veteran, serving in a war you voted for but have not sacrificed for or even paid for. Or that your sister will come out as a black person who suffers from prejudice and discrimination. Or that your father will come out as a student with special needs in a school district which cannot afford to serve him. Or that your mother will have a hard time repaying her student loans. Or that your grandchild will suffer from chronic hunger. Because those are all real issues in the US today, and yet, they don’t touch a ruling class of wealthy people, and let’s face it, politicians are almost always wealthy. So, here and there, they might have a gay person born into their families and decide to make that issue a legitimate one. But what about the rest of us?