When the impossible becomes reality
To the editor:
According to Webster’s Dictionary, first edition 1828, marriage is “the legal union of a man and woman for life.” Until recently marriage was assumed to be heterosexual, there was no political support for gay marriage and no such “right” existed. The notion of a child having “two mothers or two fathers” was absurd. Gays in the military were not allowed and up to about 40 years ago homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Same-sex marriage was an oxymoron, an idea of the lunatic fringe.
But yesterday’s impossibility has become today’s reality. Almost one in five states now have legalized same sex marriage. Being openly gay in the military is legal and influential politicians once pledging loyalty to traditional marriage have changed or “evolved” their position.
But for an experiment that is newer than cell phones and the Internet it would be wise to proceed with caution. Soon the Supreme Court will decide on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). If this law is overturned the proponents for this cause may find some unexpected consequences. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if DOMA is ruled unconstitutional, the U.S. Treasury will actually net more money because of joint filings.
Historically, traditional marriage has been the beginning of family and family is the foundation of society. The crusade to redefine marriage is primarily making marriage an institution about adults. Children are secondary. But nature itself shows the best environment for young to be raised is with a mother and father. For the time being at least, federal law says marriage is “one man and one woman.” Several states, however have changed their definition through their courts, legislation and most recently the ballot. The definition of marriage is unsettled.
We don’t know where this is all going. Eventually religious institutions may be required to recognize gay marriage or lose their tax-exempt status, age of consent laws may be lowered, polygamy legalized — who knows? Because today’s impossible could become tomorrow’s reality.
One cannot blame Obama for everything
To the editor:
In his letter of May 1, Len Rosen plunges into melodramatic themes of America’s current zeitgeist — “feeling ill at ease and basic comforts all but disappeared.” Further, he states the world is a mess and American leadership has vanished. How insightful. Rosen completely forgets that there has seldom been times when earth paralleled heaven: Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, World War II, the Depression, recessions, Jim Crow, World War I — need I continue?
Rosen talks about leadership as if we are the parents of the world and need to keep our children in order. Thank God Obama is showing restraint, refusing to make the same mistakes his predecessor made, the predecessor Rosen supported unconditionally. As far as wealth-production, which Rosen thinks is in trouble, the rich are getting richer. What more does he want? As an Ayn Rand acolyte, Rosen once stated that “Ayn Rand is on the right side of history.” How did Paul Ryan fare with his Rand-oriented budget, severely disclaimed by the religious community?
Then, Rosen talks about great leaders, forgetting that from day one Republicans dreamed of making Obama a one-term president and pulled out all the stops of obstruction — unsuccessfully, I am happy to say. Regarding Rosen’s fixation on wealth distribution, the collapsed economy Obama inherited necessitated extending benefits while revenues declined. I don’t know which economist Rosen believes in, but the EU has not bounced back with austerity programs. Has the Congress had no part in the malaise?
Finally, I would remind Rosen that the presidency is not a dictatorship and a president has to satisfy 535 congressmen and senators with a collective favorable rating of 11, among whom disparities galore exist: tea partyers calling the shots in the House, Boehner’s inability to develop consensus, plus a ridiculous filibuster rule that defeats the American value that the majority vote wins.
Clearly, Rosen’s letter was an attempt to blame America’s ills all on President Obama, as if the nation is at a standstill. As far as I can tell theaters are thriving, the Red Sox and Patriots fill stadiums as do rock concerts, restaurants are busy — and all at prices that would choke a horse. I will not bother to mention the stock market, the rise in home values and other advances being made for fear of upsetting naysayers.
It’s a wonder Rosen didn’t blame Obama for his grandmother’s bunions.
Senators should vote on campaign finance
To the editor:
It’s time to take a stand: Should corporations have the same rights as human beings? Heck no! The 2010 Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United, is so unpopular that 72 percent of New Hampshire residents oppose it, as do 64 percent of registered Republicans, according to a poll just released by the University of New Hampshire.
This infamous ruling has ballooned election spending — both nationally and here in New Hampshire — by giant corporations and a handful of the mega-rich. The impact on our little state is totally disproportionate and reflects outside interests. It has ramped up the highly negative and divisive tone we see in the TV ads, letters, and phone calls. And this electioneering is all for the interests of those who are funding it, certainly not those of the average person here.
In 2012, over $5 million was spent by outside organizations on the election for New Hampshire’s 2nd District. Loopholes in New Hampshire law allow for multiple corporations to make donations of up to $7,000 on behalf of each corporation. In 2010, one gubernatorial candidate received more than $20,000 from a single person on behalf of 18 different corporations. New Hampshire, as the first stop for the presidential primaries, was flooded with hostile attack ads sponsored by outside interests.
Now it is time for New Hampshire to take a stand. The state House of Representatives has passed HCR 2, asking Congress to begin the process for a constitutional amendment establishing that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights. But the state Senate has blocked all House resolutions. As citizens, we demand an up or down vote, not a sneaky rule that lets senators duck and hide.
Tell your state senator to take a stand: Vote “yes” on this historic constitutional amendment. Don’t duck and hide!