“I think 1+1 should be 2.” - Barack Obama
“I think pizza should be able to have cheese on it.” - Barack Obama
“I think people should be able to breathe air.” - Barack Obama
cool, what a nice thought
why don’t you go pass a fucking law about it
on the other hand stuff like this was being posted as recently as yesterday so i’m damn happy to hear that position
people who blame the fact that gay marriage isn’t legalized everywhere on obama piss me off
why don’t people ask why congress won’t pass a fucking law about it, because without the legislation, there is no law to pass. the president can’t very well do whatever the hell he wants due to the fact that there another two branches of government involved
i’m really happy he finally got the balls to say he’s in support of gay marriage, but you really can’t ask too much more of him until the rest of the government gets its act together
the internet needs collective civics lessons
except… that isn’t true, not really. the truth is a lot more complicated.
i will concede the point that the president cannot stand up, wave his hand, and make everyone gay-married to a weed farm. he doesn’t have that power. yes, congress makes the laws. but what you’re ignoring is an unenumerated power that the president does have - the power of the pulpit.
you see, one of the main things that the president does in this country - and the reason that presidential elections are actually important, instead of being (as some claim) just another media sideshow, is because presidents have an incredible amount of influence on the political agenda that congress addresses. if a member of congress steps forward and says that they’re in favor of gay marriage, big whoop, he’s one of 535. if the president steps forward and says it, it’s news (as i think you will have to concede we are seeing right now).
presidents aren’t kings, or gods. but if marriage equality was as big of a priority for this administration as its other policy goals - health care, for instance, or the war in afghanistan, or his economic policies - you can make damn well sure that we would have had a bill on it. the president doesn’t just sit back and let congress guide their own agenda. he steps forward and he leads.
…of course, considering what we got with the health care bill, maybe we should be thankful.