Rachel Maddow Interviews Boies & Olson on Prop 8 Decision

Video clip of Rachel Maddow interviewing Boies & Olson on the Proposition 8 decision and how they proved 3 things in their court case:

  1. Marriage is a fundamental right
  2. Depriving gays and lesbians of marriage rights harms them and their children
  3. Depriving gays & lesbians of the right to marriage does not help heterosexuals at all

There is hope for America…..

This week there were a slew of primaries throughout the country. With those primaries came one notable loser…the tea party movement. As I have detailed, the Koch Industries funded, misguided extreme faction of the republican party is proving not to have much success turning their so called movement into election victories. On Tuesday moderates swept through the primaries!

“Another Tuesday, another round of Republican primaries pitting self-proclaimed Tea Party candidates against their (sometimes slightly, sometimes considerably) more moderate opponents—and yet another sign that the Glenn Beck brigade is a long way from “taking back the country,” despite all the hype”

There was one other loser in the field also….sarah palin endorsed candidates. I have not done the research but im curious if she has even reached the Mendoza line when it comes to endorsing winners.

” And in Kansas, the two orthodox conservative congressmen, Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran, running to replace Sam Brownback, seemed basically indistinguishable until Tiahrt started harping on some of Moran’s more moderate votes and secured the endorsement of a lady named Sarah Palin as a result.” —– winner Moran

http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-gaggle/2010/08/04/the-tea-party-s-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-night.html

My thoughts on the California Prop 8 decision

In a decision handed down yesterday, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative denying marriage rights to same-sex couples in that state was unconstitutional. Here’s the money quote from Judge Walker’s decision:

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis,the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.”

For all those Constitutional experts out there who are vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage on a moral basis, just remember these words from the Declaration of Independence…”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” I guess those folks out there who support banning same-sex marriage believe the Founding Fathers had it wrong when they wrote that Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness were inalienable rights.

Given the fact that I believe in equality for all our nation’s citizens, I’m happy with Judge Walker’s decision, though it will be interesting to see how this legal battle shakes out as the case continues to work its way up through the Federal court system and ultimately up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ron Johnson supports “creative destruction” of American jobs

“Well in a free market capitalist system there are always winners and losers. It’s creative destruction. That just happens. It’s unfortunate. But lets face it, if it weren’t for that we’d still have buggy whip companies.”

– Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson, speaking at the WisPolitics Luncheon at the Madison Club on 7/26/10

Personally, I’d love to see Ron Johnson tell someone who lost their job in the current recession about his theory on “creative destruction,” because I’m sure that would be quite an interesting conversation.

Sen. Feingold named one of Senate’s “fiscal disciplinarians”

A recent report released by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation has listed Wisconsin’s own Sen. Russ Feingold as one of the United States Senate’s “fiscal disciplinarians,” ranking his policy agenda as the fifth most cost-saving in the Senate, saving taxpayers over $42 billion a year if enacted into law. Sen. Feingold is the only Democratic Senator listed in the report whose efforts resulted in net savings to taxpayers. Here’s Sen. Feingold’s statement on the results of the report:

“This report shows that a top priority of mine is to curb unnecessary government spending and protect taxpayer dollars,” Feingold said. “As we face mounting deficits, getting rid of this waste is more important than ever. I will continue to push my Control Spending Now Act to eliminate government programs that waste taxpayer dollars or are a low priority, and I will continue working to bring down the deficit.”

It’s good to see Sen. Feingold get more recognition for the work he’s done on fiscal issues as a member of the United States Senate. From his consistent opposition to earmarks to his support of a line-item veto and his Control Spending Now Act, Sen. Feingold has made fiscal responsibility one of the hallmarks of his time in office.