Even in Florida, people have heard that gay marriage is a hot issue these days. But look how New Jersey’s porcine governor weighed in last weekend:
“I’m not a fan of same-sex marriage,” Governor Christie said on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” on Sunday…. “I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman.” — NYTimes
Got that? He’s “not a fan.” But as vapid and irrelevant as that comment is, it doesn’t irk me as much as his second sentence, the one about what he believes in.
It’s not about what you believe in, you arrogant, self-centered, grandstanding blowhard. It’s about the protected Constitutional rights of the citizens of your state and this country. Your pea-brained beliefs are as irrelevant to this issue as your delusions about Camden’s aquarium transforming that cesspool of a city into an international tourist destination.
While it’s possible the man to whom Gawker refers as “Governor Sandwiches” might be a total bigot, it’s more likely his statements and position are mere maneuvering to please those whose votes he needs. That’s just how politics work. If you want to know what a politician believes, the last thing you bother with is listening to what he actually says.
But the underlying point is larger than even Christie’s belt size, and that is that when elected officials start their bloviations with, “I just believe that” or some similar lead-in, they’re already off the mark, because what they may or not believe (or say they believe) has but passing relevance to the reason they were elected, which is to serve. And to serve means setting aside your beliefs in favor of balancing the will of the majority with principals of justice and fairness.
In connection with this very same issue of civil rights for homosexual couples, see what Gov Cuomo just achieved in New York. And for good measure, see how his father, the former governor, handled the controversy with his Catholic church when he set aside his personal/religious beliefs about abortion on the mission of serving the citizens who elected him. That’s governing, not abusing power to stuff personal beliefs up the electorate’s bungholes.
The principle sounds simple, but history reveals that when done properly it’s ‘way too difficult a challenge for most of the frauds, criminals, and plain garden variety asshats who actually hold office.
There’s today’s lesson. Want fries with that, Governor?