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Shame On Washington (Joseph Farah Slams The U.S Senate's Cowardice On Marriage) ^ | 07/15/04 | Joseph Farah

Posted on 07/14/2004 11:14:02 PM PDT by goldstategop

Shame on Washington

Joseph Farah

Yesterday was a day of shame in Washington.

It was a day of shame for the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Senate, by a vote of 50-48 – with two very prominent senators sitting it out – voted not to carry forth a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

If we can't agree on something as simple as that, what do we have left in this country? What kind of meaningful consensus is possible? What are the bands that continue to hold us together as a nation?

We are losing our country fast, and yesterday, July 14, 2004, was a day that will live in infamy.

The shame runs deep because the vote was not even close. It would have taken 60 votes just to bring the amendment to a vote on the floor. It received only 48.

But there are a few senators whose votes – and non-votes – deserve particular attention.

Only two senators copped out completely – refusing to go on the record on this fundamental issue of what constitutes a marriage. Not surprisingly, they are John Kerry and John Edwards, two men seeking the highest offices in the land.

They both claim to support the "concept" of traditional marriage but not a constitutional amendment. They are lying. This was their chance to go on record. This was their chance to cast an important vote for the very building block of Western Civilization. This was their chance to differentiate themselves from those who would like to fundamentally remake our society with complete disregard for the will of the people.

They took a pass.

What would you expect?

But they need to pay a price. The polls show even most Democrats believe marriage is and should be an institution between one man and one woman. They must not be rewarded for this kind of arrogance, this kind of contempt, this kind of treachery, this kind of evil.

There are a few others deserving special attention and scorn.

Every so-called "Republican" who opposed this measure needs to be outed. They include: Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, John Sununu of New Hampshire – and, last but not least, John McCain, not only a so-called Republican, but a so-called "conservative."

I mean, even Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania voted correctly on this issue.

This was a big vote. This was monumental. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do the right thing – to cast a vote supported by the overwhelming majority of the American people, a vote for what is good, right, decent, sensible, moral and virtuous.

This was an easy one for Republicans, yet some of them showed their true colors.

This issue of marriage will determine whether America remains a nation under God and abiding by the rule of law with the consent of the governed. So far, it does not look good.

The will of the people is being actively undermined by a small group of elitists. The rule of law is being manipulated and twisted and perverted by activist judges who abuse their black robes and positions like the worst kind of tyrants. The institution of marriage, created by God, is being mocked.

I would hate to be any of those 50 senators on judgment day. They will have much to answer for.

But the people need to hold them accountable now – in this lifetime.

I do not exaggerate when I say the very fate of our nation rests on our ability and willingness to do so.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: accountability; cowardice; deadwards; democrats; fma; josephfarah; rinos; ussenate
We are losing our country fast and indeed July 14th will be a day that will live in infamy. Redress the shame of Washington by voting against Deadwards and every Senator who voted AGAINST having the constitutional amendment to save marriage brought to a vote. Vote them all out of office. Let them know they will be held accountable for spurning the values of our great nation.
1 posted on 07/14/2004 11:14:04 PM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
Whether we win or lose in November, Republicans need a good freeping from the base. Their "let's all get along approach" has gotten them nowhere. The country is as divided as ever.
2 posted on 07/14/2004 11:20:33 PM PDT by Kuksool (Disenfranchised Minority Voter in IL)
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To: Kuksool

People of principle in Washington are few and between. Most of them sit there to keep their seats warm. Voting for the "lesser of two evils" is simply not good enough. Nothing will change in this country until we start electing people who take limited government and the moral foundations of our country with the serious attention they deserve.

3 posted on 07/14/2004 11:22:53 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

A RINO cannot maintain his/her seat unless Christians and true conservatives pull the lever for them on election day. It's time to remind them of that and make them pay the price in the form of LOSING. Enough of this "republican party unity" nonsense. Toe the line or get lost.

4 posted on 07/14/2004 11:36:42 PM PDT by applemac_g4
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To: goldstategop

I wonder how things might be different if we had a truely neutral media. Too many pols worry what the Washington Post, NY Times and TV talking heads will write/say about them. If we had term limits far more pols would do what they truely believed knowing they didn't have to concern themselves with future elections.

5 posted on 07/14/2004 11:37:41 PM PDT by DHerion
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To: goldstategop

After thinking it over this may not have been bad for the GOP because now this abomination of gay marriage hangs over the election, it could be the deciding factor for a a lot of one issue voters. Lets pray that gay marriage is rejected, if worse comes to worse ballot inititatives will be our last resort before we throw every one of the no-voters out on their butts in the next election. It shows the cowardice of our so-called leaders. Exposing more children to the homo agenda is one of the biggest crimes of the millenium so far and the no voters are despicable for.

6 posted on 07/14/2004 11:45:30 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: DHerion

What we really need is public financing of all elections. It will cut the legs out from all these special interest groups.

7 posted on 07/14/2004 11:49:07 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: John Lenin

I don't know much about public financing of elections. Who decides how much can be spent? Who decides how much each candidate gets? Would someone like Nader be entitled to as much money as major candidates?

8 posted on 07/15/2004 12:03:51 AM PDT by DHerion
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To: goldstategop

How fitting that this vote took place on France's "birthday."

9 posted on 07/15/2004 12:47:03 AM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: DHerion

Term Limits are the way to go. You are absolutley correct.

10 posted on 07/15/2004 3:47:30 AM PDT by TOUGH STOUGH (Vote for anyone but Darlin' Arlen in November.....)
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To: goldstategop

Our "representatives" no longer represent the voters because they are not fearful of losing the next election if they vote for gay marriage, which is what yesterday's vote really was. Yes, every one of them, especially McCain, ought to lose their seats as a much-needed lesson to the rest of them

11 posted on 07/15/2004 3:51:59 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: applemac_g4
Enough of this "republican party unity" nonsense. Toe the line or get lost.

I should get lost then? A lot of other Freepers, too. Where do we go? Not to Kerry/Edwards. If the Republican Party is going to be made up only of Christians and 'true conservatives', then count me out.

12 posted on 07/15/2004 7:23:12 AM PDT by conserv13
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To: kittymyrib
Why do Democrats or RINOS inhabit seats in the "RED" states. The RED states outnumber the BLUE 2-to-1! That is how we win the senate. Forget to blue-blood northeast RINOS!
13 posted on 07/15/2004 9:22:26 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Kerry: how can we trust him with our money, if Teresa won't trust him with hers!)
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To: goldstategop
We are losing our country fast, and yesterday, July 14, 2004, was a day that will live in infamy.

Try breathing into a paper bag, Joe.

14 posted on 07/15/2004 9:25:07 AM PDT by steve-b (Panties & Leashes Would Look Good On Spammers)
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