Hart: The Democrats' reparations nation is offering taxpayer money in exchange for votes

Hart: The Democrats' reparations nation is offering taxpayer money in exchange for votes

June 28th, 2019 by Ron Hart in Opinion Columns

Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivers her closing statement during the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami on Wednesday night. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

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Sen. Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren, D-Massachusetts, has added "gay and lesbian couples" to the growing list of groups for whom she would support reparations. She also floated the idea of reparations to Native Americans, I guess in hopes of herself getting some of that sweet gubmint victimization money. Then there are slavery reparations. And, of course, Bernie Sanders and other Democrat presidential candidates are stumbling all over each other to forgive student loan debt and saying they will make everything free.

At this pace of reparations for grievances, the Dems will have a hard time giving all that money out. I suggest they structure a McDonald's drive-thru window to disburse the promised reparations money. You drive up, shout how you've been wronged into the speaker, then drive around and get your cash.

I have been pro-gay marriage for decades. For me it's always been an issue of fairness; it's not fair that only heterosexual couples have to marry.

On the latest one, same-sex marriage reparations, Democrats are new to the gay rights issue. Barack Obama and even Joe Biden were against gay marriage until a few years ago. Obama told the gay community, as he did Putin via Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's prime minister, that he'd have "more flexibility after his next election."

This is not a right-versus-left issue. Dick Cheney actually came out for gays sooner than Obama, Biden or the Clintons did. Joe "Plugs" Biden had his own hair when he first voted against gay marriage and was well into his latest set of implants before he became "woke" on the matter — when the pollsters told him to.

Homosexuality and same-sex marriage are two of the most unnecessarily divisive social issues facing this nation. And if there are reparations for "same-sex marriages," I want me some of that since I have essentially had the "same sex" for 35 years. Where do I fill out the form?

Devoid of any workable ideas, the Democrat presidential contenders continue to create victims and tell them they will get them money for their problems, no matter if those problems are real or imagined. Without victims, Democrats have no voters.

Reparations for slavery and now same-sex marriage have morphed into the narrative of "white privilege." Dems say Trump personifies privilege. To be fair, at age 71 he got the first job he applied for: U.S. president.

The strongest expansions of gay rights in the United States have come in recent landmark decisions from the supposedly "conservative" Supreme Court. It has mostly taken the view that it is not the government's role to tell people what they can or cannot do if it does not hurt someone else.

Dealing with issues like this, it is always good to consult our Constitution. It should teach the left to have less government and fewer rules (like you can't marry) because, when government grows, freedoms diminish.

The left's current strategy is to attack anyone who voices his own personal religious views of gays, essentially denying his or her First Amendment rights. When asked, Chick-fil-A founders stated their Bible-based views in opposition to same-sex marriage. The company was beaten up in the press and targeted by cities like Chicago. It was a PR nightmare and an example of bullying. I suggested at the time that Chick-fil-A make amends by offering a limited time, Chick-on-Chick sandwich in its midtown stores.

I tried to understand the thinking of those few who still oppose gay marriage. Like most bad decisions, it comes out of ignorance. I talked to my Uncle Mac, who lives in Alabama and is probably the only person in my family who opposes gay marriage now.

My "Drunkle" Mac is the common man to me (very common if you ask most). He's not a religious man, so he didn't get all Leviticus on me when I asked him why he opposed gay marriage. He said, "Ronnie, you start letting them gay birds get to marrying, and it will only end up 'weakening the institution of marriage' for us others. Weakening marriage will be a problem for me and my wife, since we can hardly stand the sight of each other as it is."

Contact Ron Hart, a syndicated op-ed satirist, at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @ronaldhart on Twitter.

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