Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Holy Matrimony

The Moose wonders whether the religious right will break out of its abusive relationship.

Are religious conservatives just a cheap date? It appears that GOP faithful flock and the President might require some professional counseling to keep their relationship on a sound footing. It could be dawning on the religious right that the Bushies take them for suckers. The New York Times reports this morning,

"A coalition of major conservative Christian groups is threatening to withhold support for President Bush's plans to remake Social Security unless Mr. Bush vigorously champions a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage."
The major-domos of the movement complain that they feel taken for granted by their paramour in the White House,

"In a confidential letter to Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's top political adviser, the group said it was disappointed with the White House's decision to put Social Security and other economic issues ahead of its paramount interest: opposition to same-sex marriage.

"The letter, dated Jan. 18, pointed out that many social conservatives who voted for Mr. Bush because of his stance on social issues lack equivalent enthusiasm for changing the retirement system or other tax issues. And to pass to pass any sweeping changes, members of the group argue, Mr. Bush will need the support of every element of his coalition."

It looks like the Bushies are in the righteous right's dog house over - of all things - marriage. Flowers and a romantic dinner may be necessary. Will Rove be forced to sleep on the couch in the living room? Is marriage counseling necessary to make up for the President's lack of fervor on a gay marriage amendment? Hopefully Dr. Phil is available for this matrimonial crisis because Dr. Dobson is distracted by that nefarious threat to Western Civilization and all values we hold dear - Sponge Bob.

To make matters worse, the Senate Republicans didn't even place the constitutional on their must do list. The Washington Post,

"Senate Republican leaders outlined their 10 top legislative priorities yesterday, focusing mainly on cutting taxes and restructuring Social Security. But two notable omissions -- changes to immigration laws and a ban on same-sex marriage -- underscored tensions with their conservative wing."

Aren't Republican men all the same - love 'em and leave 'em!

If the religious right leaders had been reading the musings of the Moose they would know that those suave and debonair Republican casanovas only want the religious right for their bodies on election day. After that, they abandon them for the true lovers - the money men. Isn't it always that way?

The social conservatives realize that the economic interests of their constituency conflict with the GOP order. But, time after time, they mislead their flock for a mess of pottage.

The New York Times,

"Several members of the group said that not long ago, many of their supporters were working or middle class, members of families that felt more allegiance to the Democratic Party because of programs like Social Security before gravitating to the Republican Party as it took up more cultural conservative issues over the last 20 years."

How about a quickie divorce in Las Vegas - as they say - what happens here, stays here.

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