All I read about on blogs is American issues. Canada is too busy chilling and smoking pot to really stress out about very much (although my Greenpeace newsletters tell me there’s a lot to worry about), so I can’t really focus on it. Instead I turn myself to the suffering of other peoples, so very close and yet amazingly far from me in worldviews, sometimes. Is it like Jesus, with the Stations of the Cross – where each fall of the U.S. will, in time, lead to a glorious Resurrection in which all people in their country will suddenly be enlightened and no longer eat Burger King or buy Nikes (or Converse, now that the purchase has gone through)? Better I should simply stop alienating my readers with religious allegories, yes?
But seriously, does the United States government realize precisely what it is doing in attempting to ban gay marriage? The average gay male (because, let’s face it, that’s who we’re really targeting here) is more highly educated and has a higher salary than the average straight man. It kind of amazes me that the United States is capable of rejecting the call of dough at all.
The really interesting thing about this is that the world is polarizing itself with regards to this issue – those for gay marriage aligned in one corner, and the ones against it in another. If we look at this match now, with the different countries having chosen their sides, in one we will find, say, Canada, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Brazil (with Rio quickly surpassing Montreal as a gay-friendly city) and some others in one corner.
The irony finds itself on the other side, I feel, because we see the United States (ok – Republican senators, whatever), as well as a) countries they are attempting to label as harbouring terrorists, and b) countries they have fucked over in the past with a variety of politicking, such as Haiti, etc. Personally, I relish in the irony of this, what about you guys?
Why the title for this entry? I adore reading about politics but despise talking about it. I love intellectual manipulation of subjects but despise argument about them. So I’m kind of surprised and disgusted at myself that I’m bringing this up in a public venue. But hey.