As of this online publication, the U.S. Debt Clock web site reports a national debt of $16.7 trillion (that’s roughly $147,000 per taxpayer). The deficit for fiscal year 2013 is reportedly $901 billion. The unemployment rate is listed at 7.7% (although some argue that the “real” unemployment rate is 14.6%). The inflation rate is 1.98%. Congress hasn’t passed a budget in over three years. The National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, is law. The PATRIOT Act remains intact. The war in Afghanistan rages on and to date has claimed the lives of 2,191 U.S. soldiers (1,561 of those during Obama’s presidency). Obama has granted himself the authority to murder U.S. civilians on American soil using unmanned drone strikes. Freedom is being restricted in the form of gun laws and soda bans. The true events behind Benghazi remain a mystery, and the Fast and Furious scandal (which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans) has successfully been swept under the rug.
But if you have a Facebook account, you would find that the hot topic of the day is gay marriage, and you would also find that the media is reporting it as if it were newsworthy.
If any sweeping act of social media could portend so succinctly the doom of our nation, it would be this one. The fact that millions of people have suddenly “woken up” to politics and are scrambling to have their voices heard about a veritable non-issue is absolutely alarming and a clear indication that the government has succeeded in distracting us from real issues — issues that would no doubt reveal their actions are cause for indictment.
The government and the media so desperately want us to focus on gay marriage because it’s such an intensely divisive issue. Most Americans would agree that the debt and the state of the economy must be fixed and require immediate attention (although many may disagree on how this is best accomplished), so our liberal leaders need us to focus on something nobody can agree on.
Clearly, Obama and his liberal policies of stripping away incentives for success have miserably failed to bring the economy back from the brink of disaster. He certainly doesn’t want to answer for it, so he employed the strategy of encouraging a “national discussion” about “gun violence” — a not-so-thinly disguised ruse to freak out the responsible, law-abiding gun owners and keep them focused on protecting their rights. Now, as that discussion slowly winds down, the gay marriage debate explodes all over the news and the blogosphere as though it were timed with the “gun debate” resolution. Gay marriage is so divisive a non-issue that the current administration is reveling in its sudden resurface, offering a new distraction for the sheep of the United States.
This will be a true test of the Supreme Court. The only way to portray itself as truly vested in the Constitution — and to begin repairing its image after the unconstitutional Obamacare ruling — is to dismiss the case and allow the ruling on Proposition 8 to stand. Personally, I don’t even know what the ruling is and I don’t care. It doesn’t matter because, again, gay marriage is a non-issue. Whatever California wants to do within the borders of its own state is none of my business because those powers are granted in the Constitution. The Supreme Court must not hear this case because no such provision for regulating marriage in any capacity is granted to the federal government in the Constitution. Period.
But no matter what the Supreme Court decides, today’s social media activity has clearly demonstrated that our populace is utterly devoid of any sentient thought and are incapable of tearing their eyes away from their iPads long enough to realize they’re slowly being caged in by a government that professes benevolence while simultaneously preparing the whips and shackles of slavery.