Of all the cities in America, Seattle certainly has no shortage of grassroots political efforts. Walk down any main street there in the middle of the day and you're bound to run into at least a few petitions, demonstrations or outright protest marches. In fact, that very thing happened to me today.
One of the most controversial issues in modern-day America is the debate surrounding the rights of same-sex couples to marry. Currently, same-sex unions are legal in three American states, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa. Legislation recently passed in Maine and Vermont to recognize same-sex marriage. Those laws will go into effect this September. The state of New Hampshire also has an equal marriage law in debate right now, with state governor John Lynch pushing for stronger language protecting religious institutions before he will sign. That itself seems like little more than a stall and it is likely that New Hampshire will see the legalization of same-sex marriage within the next six months.
For like the 100th time since Obama won the election, the Republicans have announced a huge reboot of the party except this time, they mean it. Celebrating his 100 days in office as head of the RNC, Michael Steele wrote an editorial in Politico today saying that the Republicans shouldn't apologize anymore, without specifying any of the myriad things they have yet to apologize for, and emphasized that the party from now on will be forward-thinking. Total mentions of Reagan? Five.
I decided to hear him out and check out what LaRouche was saying. For a taste of sweetness beyond no other, check out www.larouchepub.com and for the love of God (if there is one), please don't forget to bring your thinking cap to the door.
Sample quotes from his web site seem humorous until I started to realize that people actually think this guy is some kind of mis-understood genius.