Here in the office we were discussing political advertisements that we have been seeing on TV. Unfortunately for those of us in Kentucky, we are relegated to watching Indiana political ads since our closest TV stations are based in Evansville.
November is just around the corner so the political ads are out in full force. A couple of days ago I mentioned to some of my co-workers that all of the political ads had nothing to do with improving anything. We've gone from a political landscape where false promises had to be made about cutting taxes to putting above all else making sure gay men and women can't get married and that no one can burn an American flag.
There is also the occasional, "we can't let the liberals get control," as if the Republicans are doing such a great job.
I honestly believe that I would rather have a politician lie to me and tell me that he's actually going to help me by cutting taxes or something of that nature, than to hear them tell me that he's going to make sure that my morals aren't compromised. That really bothers me. Especially the flag burning deal.
As far as I'm concerned, if you want to see some flags burned, pass a law saying it's illegal. They are going to have to put a stiff penalty on it if they think that any flag will be safe beyond that day, my friends. And frankly, I've never seen a flag burned in person and if I feel as though I don't want to see it on TV I can turn it to Sportscenter. There problem solved.
I had never really given gay marriage much thought until this week. I've always realized that it isn't a moral issue so much as it's an economic issue since there are hefty tax breaks with marriage. However, it did just dawn on me why the tax breaks mean so much.
See, there aren't all that many gay men and women in this country and if they got married it wouldn't mean too much of an economic hit to this country. However, I think the politicians need to tell the truth. The reason they are against gay marriage is because, people aren't stupid.
If they ever granted the tax benefits to same sex marriages, every straight guy on the planet would be trying to find a buddy who would marry them. All they would have to do is go through a 10 minute process, sign a few papers and then get fat checks in the mail every year at tax time.
I'm not saying that I would do such a thing, but I understand the concept and can appreciate its value.
However, I don't want my tax dollars being spent on my representatives arguing over moral issues. With everything going on in this world, these are the last things politicians should be discussing.
Lie, mud sling and lie some more, but don't waste time and money arguing about insignificant moral issues.