The world is going to end in 9 days. How do I know this? Well, because I agree with something Glenn Beck said, and what he said was actually understandable, logical, and reasonable.
“Let me take the pro-gay marriage people and the religious people — I believe that there is a connecting dot there that nobody is looking at, and that’s the Constitution… The question is not whether gay people should be married or not. The question is why is the government involved in our marriage? … What we need to do, I think, as people who believe in the Constitution, is to start looking for allies who believe in the Constitution and expand our own horizon. We would have the ultimate big tent,” – Glenn Beck.
I have always said that the government, any government, i.e. state or federal, should not be involved in marriage at all. Marriage was a religious institution and it should not have been interfered with at all. But centuries ago, governments did get involved with marriage, and they started issuing Marriage Licenses, and then started issuing rules and regulations as to who can get married or not, and then they even started performing marriage ceremonies. So the rubicon has been crossed.
My solution has been to get government out of marriage in one fell swoop, and give the “institution of marriage” back to the churches, and it sounds like Beck agrees with my thinking. Who should be more scared, me or Glenn Beck? Any way, the solution has been to have the local government issue Union Certificates to any two consenting non-related human adults, regardless of gender, race, or religion or any other criteria. So if a heterosexual couple wanted to get married, they get a Union Certificate. If a homosexual couple wanted to get married, they get a Union Certificate. If a couple wants to get married in a Church, they must find a church that wants to marry them according to the rules and traditions of their faith. If a couple wants to get married elsewhere, they can do so as well, and Judges and Justices of the Peace and other ministers can perform those ceremonies.
Or we Chief Justice Roberts and a majority of the Supreme Court can recognize a constitutional right to marry regardless of orientation and then we can be done with the whole business.
Further evidence of the coming Mayan apocalpyse was revealed when a Republican Governor of a very very very Republican state announced yesterday that he is going to implement Obamacare and build a health insurance exchange in his state.
[Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch"] Otter made clear that the decision is not an endorsement of the law, arguing in a press release that the decision would mean Idaho would create the exchange rather than having the federal government do it for the state.
“This decision does not signal support for the law or how it is being implemented. However, it does reflect my continued determination for Idaho to be actively engaged in making the best possible choices – to the degree we are allowed – in the interest of more accessible and affordable health care for our citizens.”
And here is yet another Republican governor sounding a little bit sane:
“I believe that federalism is, first and foremost, a protection of liberty. And I would just hope that people who say they believe that would be consistent … Without endorsing what they [Colorado and Washington] did, I think they had, under our system, a right to do it … A lot of the worst problems we’ve got in this country, and some of the worst divisions we have, came when the right of citizens in community and in polities, like their state, had those rights usurped by the federal government. And having disagreed with it when it happened on other occasions, I sure wouldn’t call for it here,” – Mitch Daniels.
The end is near.