I have a hard time believing that they're not campaigning based on the roots of the party I grew up with - you know, state rights, small federal government, fighting for the little guy against massive federal cr@ptacular programs, etc. Now they're reduced to xenophobic, insane proclamations of doom and impractical claims...do these guys have any clue what Americans even want?
I don't think either party knows what Americans want... or possibly they do... but they know that what we really want is to their detriment so they must try to appease our real desires with these fringe initiatives that once may have been cause enough to engage ideologues. This is a distraction... and I think that most Americans are beginning to notice the sleight of hand. Instead of all the financial turmoil that should have us galvanized in opposition to both parties' devil may care attitude while the big bankers keep their hands in the till... they would rather have us at each others throats... either decrying or dismissing labels of racism or homophobia or any kind of inflammatory charge that can cause the greatest amount of divisiveness while requiring the least amount of substantive support. This is the establishment's war model... to divide and conquer. It is vitally important that we do not allow these marginal issues to become the campaign issues in this next election cycle. The point made by this question illustrates the absurdity of modern politics. It is shameful to think that we are operating on such a juvenile level.
I remember moving to Texas and being amazed that one of the laws being discussed was one outlawing "unnatural sex acts." If the law passed it would have outlawed most foreplay as well as self service. Mind you back then I wasn't the bleeding heart liberal I am today; I was more a moderate Republican (yes they used to exist). Even in my comparatively conservative youth I felt that what happens in someone's bedroom really isn't the government's concern and I rather enjoyed some of the activities that the law would have criminalized.
The main idea behind laws like this is to criminalize homosexual activity. If it occurred to the GOP that many heterosexual couples enjoy the same activities they probably have no interest in enforcing the law against them.
Republicans (and Democrats) build platforms to get votes. They don't even have to make sense as long as they can convince voters that that is why they should vote for them. Sometimes they create stupid ideas to pander to a particular set of voters.
We're all hypocrites at some point but politicians seem to have gotten college degrees in being hypocrites. Every now and then one of them who has pushed some kind of stupid law, has been found out to be guilty themselves of breaking it.
Don't put cameras in my bedroom, Mr. or Mrs. Politician, unless you're willing to put one in yours too. We'd all love to see your boring sex life.
Oops, I guess subject is one of my hot buttons. Oh, is it ok to say HOT button?
meh, I dont think politicians care about the people in whatever country they are in. Our Prime Minister seems to want to turn us into part of China, mine our national parks, take away our nuclear-free policy (huge mistake even mentioning that, as he discovered!) and raise GST so he can give rich people a "tax cut."
"do these guys have any clue what Americans even want?"
That's a good question for ALL politicians, I think...or better..do they care what Americans want?
My bad. Do they care what Americans want? From what I've seen here, and in the states...it seems they only care what *they* want. Which really sucks.