July 01, 2004

Lifestyles of the Rich and Not So Famous


Sigh. Another state I've spent a lot of time in. I'm not saying woe-is-me for the gay marriage stuff; who would expect any differently out of a state that's gutted its higher education system in order to relieve its residents of their car taxes? Virginia's only ever been in the vanguard when it came to enslaving people.

No, it's this stupidity:
The conservative Family Foundation said in a statement that gay rights groups are "willing to frighten and mislead their supporters simply to further their own political agenda."

"All the rallies in the world won't change the fact that this law passed with a bipartisan supermajority of the General Assembly," said Victoria Cobb, spokeswoman for the group.

I find that a lot of young conservatives at the conservative school at which I teach believe this, too. They seem to think that rallies are some kind of liberal pacifier, some kind of advertising. Believe me, kids, though you haven't seen it much in your lifetimes, America has a long history of showing that "all the rallies in the world"--hell, just a few of them--can indeed change what happens in the legislature! Brush up on the 1776-1789 period: they might even change what happens in your little gated community.

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