Over and over again, parsed with the “Obama’s a fascist Kenyan Muslim” mantra, you’ll hear Tea Party folks say how they want government out of their lives. I agree, not on the Obama part of course, but on limiting government interference in people’s lives. I’ve often said that the role of government is to protect people from each other, not from themselves.
Sadly, the majority of the people complaining about “Big Government” are hypocrites. There are some who actually do stay ideologically consistent–they tend to be reasonable members of the Libertarian mindset–but they’re about as hard to find as Michele Bachmann riding a unicorn in the ever-shrinking pseudo-grassroots movement known as the Tea Party.
No matter what your feelings are on gay marriage or what your religious convictions are, there’s still the 1st Amendment which separates the state from the church, and the 14th Amendment which states all individuals are equal under the law. You cannot call yourself a strict Constitutionalist, yet cherrypick which parts of it you want to follow in the same way you do your religious texts. You cannot rail about the importance of your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment (which seems to be the only one conservatives talk about) but then talk about repealing other amendments in the Constitution.
Here’s the deal…you don’t have to support marriage equality, just as I don’t think you need to have an arsenal rivaled only by the local National Guard armory. Yet, you cannot demand rights for yourself under the Constitution while actively working to deny other people’s rights under the law. That’s not how the Constitution was intended, and you know it.
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