Okay, okay. I know I just posted, but I can't help myself. I've been reading this poll that was released by the Public Policy Institute of California on blogs here and there. Tonight I took the time to actually read an entire article about it and it made me laugh. That's probably due, in part, to the clear bias of the writer, Justin Ewers. I mean, he is entitled to his opinion, but then I hope he is an opinion columnist and not a news reporter. Anyway, here's a note to self - the publication of Justin Ewers' very biased opinion is more evidence of the extremely conspicuous MSM slant. Don't believe me? Read this excerpt from this same article we're about to discuss:
"Some observers found it ironic that while an African-American was finally winning the presidency, his strongest supporters appeared to be torpedoing the rights of another historically persecuted minority group. 'It was the black vote that voted down gay marriage,' Bill O'Reilly said almost gleefully on Fox News."
So, back to the Perpetrator Poll. Well ... read first and I'll meet you on the other side of this segment:
"The poll released today by the Public Policy Institute of California, though, finds that Prop 8's strongest support came not from African-Americans but from white conservatives, born-again Christians, and low-income voters. Party affiliation, age, and religion played a far greater role in determining the measure's final outcome than race, the poll finds. More than 3 in 4 Republicans voted to ban same-sex marriage in the state, as did 85 percent of evangelical voters. Only 43 percent of all voters between the ages of 18 and 34 supported the ban, while 56 percent of those over 55 did.
Voters on the coast generally supported same-sex marriage and the more culturally conservative inland areas of the state voted against it, but ultimately it was income and education—much more than race—that determined voters' preferences. While only 43 percent of college graduates voted to ban gay marriage, 69 percent of voters with a high school degree or less voted for the proposition. Nearly 2 in 3 voters making less than $40,000 a year voted for Prop 8, while 55 percent of those making $80,000 or more voted against it."
So, what's the underlying message J-dawg wishes to convey? Is it, "Hooray for violent protests against religions! We were right! Spray paint away, troops!"? Or perhaps it is, "Screw the old people. They're so dense and backward. They wouldn't know civil rights if they were hit over the head with them." (Let's just forget that they were the ones who actually lived during the real deal, the Black Civil Rights Movement). Or, better yet, maybe Ewers is loving this "uneducated people voted for Prop 8" angle. Pshaw. As if level of education is equivalent to or indicative of intelligence. Sorry, no can equate, good buddy. Not in this country. Let me remind you that we have the poorest excuse for an education system, so don't tell me that a high school diploma as opposed to a college degree is any indication of lack of intelligence. Accusations of that sort, be they overt or embedded, are pure stupidity. Here are a few names of little ol' uneducated people to jog your memory. All of these humble folk either didn't go to college or dropped out before they graduated. And yet, their unintelligence (by your standards, Mr. Newsman) has earned them more money than you can prossibly dream of. Here are your stupid smart people, Justin-tolerant:
Mary Kay Ash
Frank Lloyd Wright
Sheesh! There sure are a lot of stupid millionaires. But, since we really can't make a valid case for the education factor, let's move on from dumb people and pick apart poor people. These humble tyrants must be the real perpetrators. Dang poor people. Ah, well, we'd better not protest at soup kitchens, that would look really bad for our cause. So, let's stick with the Mormons and we'll just sneakily boycott and blacklist the heck out of the wicked and intolerant poor people on the side. Just as an aside here, I think it's a fair assumption that a large portion of those same poor people gave of their money to support Proposition 8 (considering a staggering $36 million was raised for the Yes on 8 campaign). I find it commendable that these people who are struggling to survive on a meager income are willing to part with precious money in order to protect a sacred tradition and institution. I find it far less commendable when a high profile Hollywood star throws $1 million at a cause that would eventually lead to the disintegration of the family definition best equipped to provide children with the safest, most nurturing, and least confused life.
So, since the religious angle is bigoted, and the uneducated angle got an F, and the poor angle didn't make cents (pun intended), how about pick on the old people for supporting Proposition 8? This just makes me sad. My Granny and Grandpa lived with us throughout my adolescence. The America I grew up in held the elderly in the highest regard. They were not treated with scorn and derision and neglected the way they are today. The aged are wise for a very good reason, they've lived longer than the rest of us and have seen more than the rest of us. We would do well to live by the guidance of our elders. Instead we are quick to discount them because they can't figure out e-mail and they tell the same jokes over and over and they sometimes have bad breath and need more help than makes us comfortable. We are a very messed up society indeed if we put more stock in the rantings and ravings of young adults than we do in the quiet conviction of our wise elders.
Ah, 'tis a twisted world we live in. And let's not forget that it is the meek and humble who, after enduring unthinkable persecution from the wicked, will inherit the earth. Oh, but wait, that's a religious reference. I'm not allowed to use scripture to support my beliefs. I forget. Religion has been overruled by the great, demanding secular church whose gospel is one of self-gratification and scorn for believers.
So, I thank the Public Policy Institute of California for illuminating the comforting fact that gay marriage supporters are largely secular, young, rich people. That definitely boosts my confidence in gay marriage. Not.