An op-ed in this morning's Minneapolis Star Tribune is truly educational.
Three women, identified as "political scientists who have taught at Carleton College" (no word on where they're teaching now) collaborated on a piece about same-sex unions in Western Europe. They conclude that, since the Low Countries and Spain have legalized same sex marriage, and that other countries like France and Austria permit "civil unions", that the U.S. is out of step, and "the nature of the current debate in the United States is what is aberrant."
First, let me take a poll.
How many of you have ever said to yourself, "Gee, I sure wish I were a Western European! Dutch, that's what I'd like to be! Taxed up the wazoo and assisted suicides... yeah, baby, that's the life!"
It always makes me laugh when "political scientists" trot out places like Holland and France as worthy of comparison with the U.S. Hello, ladies! In case you haven't noticed, Europe is a disaster zone! How many people died in the French heat wave? Thousands, because that marvelous government couldn't get its act together to be of any use! And what about that great employment system, huh? You can't get fired! P.S. Bill Gates just cancelled his reservation.
The reason the U.S. is not like Europe is we don't want to be. Face it, it's a nice place to visit, but live there? Did you ever try to get phone service in Italy? Or buy gasoline in France? It's to laugh.
The authors also argue that ideas like a constitutional amendment to ban SSU's "is not helpful in creating a national dialogue,"and "indeed, such top-down legislation is contrary to the spirit of American federalism."
I for one eagerly await their op-ed on Roe v. Wade. That ought to be inspiring.