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Rick Santorum Pulls Ahead of Conrad

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Conrad isn’t first at being worst anymore.

Conrad Burns (R-Montana) – 39% approve, 52% disapprove
Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) – 39% approve, 53% disapprove

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  • Conrad Burns is an ass. In fact, here is his response to my letter advocating for recognition of rights for same-sex couples. (Not marriage per se, but the 1,138 rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples. The ones that protect parental rights, citizenship status, inheritance benefits, insurance policy-sharing, hospital visitation rights, recognition of said rights across state boundaries, etc.) I went ahead and made comments so that you can all see what an ass/ignorant person that he is.

    “Gays and lesbians have a right to live as they choose. Our goal is to protect the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

    There is a difference between having a right to live as one chooses and being protected like everybody else. 1,138 differences, actually.

    “Marriage is a core social institution that faces many threats, including the current threat from activist courts. Activist lawyers and judges have been working across the country to undermine marriage and impose a new national marriage standard without a public debate.”

    Pay close attention to complaints of ‘judicial activism.’ Remember that southern racists derided Brown v. Board of Education for being an ‘activist decision.’ The Supreme Court’s job is not legislating but making sure that laws are constitutional, which would be pretty hard if judges always ruled with the majority’s interests in mind.

    This bit is the one I really like.

    “Montana recently defined marriage as being between a man and a woman only, that being said I know where most Montanans stand on this issue.”

    So eff you, and all the other minorities, then?

    And finally he says,

    “Please be assured that as legislation regarding same sex marriages is introduced in the 109 th Congress, I will certainly keep your concerns in mind and continue to do what I believe is best for Montana and the American people.”

    Here, let me translate into what he’s actually saying. “Even though I’m your elected representative, I will do what I, with emphasis on me, think is good for Montana and America, not what you, the person who votes for me, think is good for America.” (I had to pretend to be a Republican)

    So, basically, he flipped me and all of you people off with this email. Not only is he going to continue to be sexist, but he lied because we all know damn well that he’s not going to do anything positive for LGBT rights. And to top the whole thing off, he doesn’t understand the Federal Government very well. Maybe if he read Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, and Romer v. Evans he would understand why the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and why it is the Supreme Court’s place both to interpret the laws and to assure “equal protection under the laws.” Since he lacks this understanding of the three branches of government, it’s good that he’s getting owned in the polls.

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