friendormate saidBoth my parents are even more liberal than I am. One day the topic of gay marriage came up on a visit to my 86 year old mom who suffered a sever stroke 10 years ago. She can not make a coherent sentences but she reads like a scholar and she can say yes and no. So I told them in a mild rant that what pisses me off about these amendments has nothing to do with whether I will enjoy such a right one day. Chances are I won't. What pisses me off is how it is used as a get out the bigot vote. Put it on the ballots and the bigots will come in droves to vote for all the right wing candidates! At that my mom passionately yells while leaning over her cane "YES"! "YES"! My dad just sat there smiling.
It's the logical extension of the Republican's odious "Southern Strategy." And sadly, some here tacitly endorse these tactics by their silence. Dollars over People, after all.
This is true and I'm hoping it will backfire in the long run. Three of the four most populated southern states FL, NC, and VA went to Obama. Obama received more white vote in NC than did Kerry. Elizabeth Dole who held the infamous Jessie Helms seat lost to a democrat despite her efforts to smear Hagan for taking money from "godless" people. That ad clearly backfired. NC ranked 3rd in in-state migration last year after DC and Oregon. It has passed NJ in population. While the rural areas remain extremely red, the major urban areas, which have benefited from the migration have gone blue. There are two openly gay mayors in the state. Mecklenburg (Charlotte's county) went blue when it voted for Kerry and has been blue ever since. Imagine that, red neck Charlotte, the home of NASCAR and PTL club has gone blue.
While it is far from a liberal state the trend is clear. A black female friend of mine in NC put it best. We have to wait for all the old racists to die off. When that happens the southern strategy may still work in the old south but not the highly populated new south. That day can't come fast enough.