Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

We all know that gay marriage is a hot topic right now with the Supreme Court taking up the issue. Democrats and even some Republicans are coming out in support of gay marriage. As gay marriage opponents sit relatively silent on the issue for fear of backlash, there is a Congressman who has been very vocal in his opposition.

Congressman Tim Huelskamp-R KS published an Op-Ed to the Washington Examiner outlining his opposition to gay marriage. Give it a click – it’s a good read. I mean interesting read. It’s an interesting read.

With so many conservatives choosing to remain silent, Congressman Huelskamp is showing a lot of “chutzpah” in writing this op-ed opposing same-sex marriage.

So since you put it out there Congressman…allow me to respond.

You start off the usual way. Marriage is between one man, one woman and as many children as you can product and/or adopt. Thanks for throwing in the adoption clause on this one. I will give you two snaps for being inclusive – to heterosexual couples who adopt anyway.

And that is where we end our agreeing love-fest.

You go on to write,”This model has been sanctioned and favored by secular and even pagan governments for millennia as the most efficient, secure and effective organizational unit of human society.”

Efficient? I was married for almost 10 years. Marriage is a lot of things, but efficient isn’t one of them. Dinner every night consisted of this –

“What do you want to eat?”

“I don’t care. What do you want to eat?”

“I don’t care.”

You call that efficient?

Secure? Have you checked the US divorce rate lately?

Effective? The definition of effective is “to adequate to accomplish a purpose”. That’s sort of broad so I think I need more clarification on your point. Some may say female friendships are a pretty awesome organizational unit of human society. Have you ever been to a Bunco game?

You go on…

“Liberals resort to the courts when they know their agenda is not shared by the great majority of Americans. In more than 40 states, the legislatures or even the people themselves have gone on record in support of traditional marriage.”

That dang court getting all Supreme on us. – doing crazy things like desegregating schools. Let’s also remember that the “great majority of the Americans” are actually only the Americans that voted in the last election. Now I could go find some statistic about the percentage of Americans who actually vote, but I don’t want to bore you with statistics. It would be interesting, however, to compare our voting statistics with statistics to the numbers of Americans who watch Modern Family weekly and see the comparison.

“The Obama administration’s brief attacking California’s Prop 8 takes the other side. It argues that motherhood is not really all that unique, and that its virtues can actually be supplied by, well, any dude.”

Any dude? First – two snaps up for using the term “dude” in your op-ed piece. I thought that was only reserved for my blog. Second, gay couples – men and women aren’t attempting to replace the virtues of motherhood or fatherhood. They just want to love each other and if they choose to also love a child. I know – its earth shattering!

You go on to insult the Supreme Court by writing this-

“I further beg them to remember the limited role they play in our constitutional system, and to have the humility to subordinate their own notions of political correctness to the clear will of the American people — and the wisdom of the ages.”

Snap! Aren’t you all that and a bag of chips. Now there is an old saying about those in glass houses, but I forget how it goes.

What you are missing is the importance of love in raising a child. Oh those little details.

The Founding Father’s designed our US government so that there are equal importance between the Supreme Court, the Legislative and Executive branches of government. You are one of the three branches of that government system. No better or worse than any of the others. We have our Founding Fathers to thank for that.

Can’t wait to see how popular you are at the next State of the Union. I wouldn’t suggest a seat down front by the Supreme Court Justices.


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