Yesterday President Obama came out in favor of same sex marriage. Finally. That was duly reported by the media and immediately was made into a prolonged discussion about what this would mean in the upcoming elections. His opponent, Mr. Romney, is aligning himself with tradition.
One of my chief complaints about our president is that in the past I felt he was often too willing to compromise and cede important ground. Yes, I know politics is all about the art of compromise. But some issues are so basic and important, there shouldn't be much room for tap dancing.
Some issues shouldn't be political. Making sure humans rights apply to everyone equally is one of these. And I don't think doing all we can to make sure all our people are able to receive necessary medical care should be a political hot potato. It's a no-brainer. Neither do I think allowing people to go hungry should be an option.
Should this debate about same sex marriage cost President Obama the election, I say it is better to go down standing for the right thing than to win by massaging the ignorance and fears of one segment of our populace.
I'm so tired of the politics of fear and ignorance.