Whether Mitt Romney likes it or not, gay marriage is now an issue in this election. Sure, give it a week and it won’t be monopolizing every headline anymore, but it’s not going away as an issue. The media will make sure of that. Because the media knows, just as well as Biden did when he made his latest “gaffe,” and just as well as Obama did in yesterday’s interview, that what the President needs for the next five months is distractions and sideshows, bright lights and candy.
Indeed, the Wild and Wonderful Obama Distraction Carnival has already opened. No tickets, no lines. Just pony rides and funnel cakes. And of course, we all now what we are supposed to be distracted from. The economy, stupid. And stupid is exactly what he hopes we are.
Crippling debt? What debt? Look over here, we have birth control! And crazy Catholics! And Sandra Fluke!
Staggering unemployment? What unemployment? But wait, what’s this?! Step right up! It’s Afghanistan! And Osama! Dead! Remember how awesome that was?
The unfortunate thing about bread and circuses is that they tend to be very effective in what they are designed to do, which is to stop the seething masses from seething too much and leave them as just masses. Happy, fat, and stupid masses. A long time ago it was the Colosseum. Today it’s called Reality TV, but it basically consists of the same things: sex, violence, and degenerate Italians. Are you not entertained?
And now Obama is using the same tried and true methods to take the focus away from where Romney wants it and put it…anywhere else. First contraception, then Osama, and now gay marriage. Like so much glitter being thrown in the eyes of the American electorate.
Anyway, the issue of gay marriage is going to keep coming up, in interviews, debates, and what have you, and Romney needs to solidify his position. He is by no means wishy-washy in his tone when he speaks of his support for traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
But so far, Romney hasn’t seemed to articulate a very strong foundation for his views. He leaves us with no doubt as to where he stands, but do we know why he stands there? Does he?
Saying you believe something because you have always believed it is not a reason for believing something. Just the same, stating that marriage should be between a man and a woman because that’s the way it has always been is by itself not a good reason. Not necessarily bad, just not necessarily good either.
The reason this is important for Romney is because he is going to get nailed with questions on this from the media, and it will be on their terms. And their terms, wonder of wonders, are those of President Obama and the gay marriage movement. It is the hallowed language of civil rights, and equality, and the “right side of history,” and once your opponent sets the field in that context, you best know what you’re talking about and be able to state not only your convictions but the principles from which they derive.
Yesterday, Obama marched right out and grabbed the moral highground. During the interview, in which he stopped just short of declaring “If I had a husband he would look like Freddie Mercury,” the President stated that he “stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community” and that therefore, in his view, gay couples should be able to get married.
Romney needs to be able to defend his views on traditional marriage in clear and principled terms. Someone on his staff needs to sit him down on his next flight from here to there, put some writings of Robert P. George or Steve White in his hands and say “You need to read this.”
We know that Romney opposes same sex marriage. America needs to know why.