So what are we to think? Who is the “progressive” and who is the “conservative”? And what do these words mean? Well, not much to me, as I have said.
Everything is in flux. These days those who identify themselves as “liberals” are on the run because the lynchpin of their ideology – increased government spending – is bankrupting the world economy. I certainly agree with this analysis as do, according to the polls, most voters. But will this always be so? Not necessarily. At some point, governments may stop spending money and come out of bankruptcy or near bankruptcy. This will probably take a while, but then where will we be? Our infrastructures will likely be in sore need of repair. At that point many of us may feel it’s time for governments to start spending money again. How inconsistent of us. But that’s life. Things change.
Which brings me back to gay marriage. The world has changed on this issue and is continuing to change. As Laura Bush points out in her interview, it’s a generational thing. Younger people in our culture don’t consider homosexuality such a big deal. Same-sex marriage is also no big deal to them. Indeed, it has already come to pass. Our cities are filled with gay couples who are de facto married. Almost all of us know some of them. Many of us have them in our families. No social calamities have occurred that I know of, at least not from gay people living together.
We have real problems. That is not one of them, not even faintly. In world where financial markets are in free fall and Islamic terrorists threaten to blow up airplanes, indeed when Islam is beginning to take over the culture of Europe and even starting to make inroads into ours, worrying whether gay people who are in love should be married or not seems an absurd waste of time and energy. Ditto worrying about whether people are RINOs or JINOs or whatever other acronym comes down the pike. By placing people in categories you are placing yourself in one. You are rigidifying each other. Do you really want to do that? I don’t know about you, but I love freedom. And one of the biggest parts of freedom is the freedom to change.