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Thursday, October 26, 2006

No More Sex!

Porcupine vastly enjoyed the debate with the four candidates for Governor last night. John Keller of WBZ was fresh, crisp, and kept things moving along nicely. Towards the end, it struck Porcupine what the best feature of the entire debate was - there was no talk about sex.

No mention of choice, abortion, marriage (gay or otherwise), contraception, rape, gender equality. Not one question centered around any facet of the human reproductive system, and its various modes of operation and generation. Instead, all four candidates were asked questions none of them had been asked before.

How much did you give to charity? Would you decriminalize marijuana? How should gun permits be handled? Most of the discussion was devoted to taxes, budgeting, local aid and actual government. Considering this is an election to select a Chief Executive for the Commonwealth, it was wonderful.

Porcupine also liked the way that Keller forced Patrick to be more specific. For instance, on the decriminalization question, Patrick launched into another touching story about a family member's struggle with heroin. Keller snapped, 'Yes, but would you veto the bill or not?’ Very refreshing.

Porcupine thinks that we should declare a moratorium on all social and sexual issues for a while. The estimated 10% of the population who are gay have cannibalized 90% of the legislative agenda for the last few years. They and their supporters are entitled to their views, but enough is enough. No more sex for a while -let's talk about GOVERNMENT.


Anonymous Daniel said...

The gay population has cannibalized 90% of the agenda? To the best of my knowledge, the gay population would have loved for this to be settled with the Goodrich decision, but the anti-gay agenda won't quit!

I agree that it's refreshing to focus on other issues for once, but let's not assign all of the blame for the media and legislative focus on social issues on only half of the equation.

1:59 AM  
Blogger Peter Porcupine said...

Daniel - both sides of the issue, equally committed to seeing their point of view prevail, bear equal responsibility.

It is the ISSUE of the 10%, rather than the 10% themselves, that are sesponsible for the snacking on time and attention.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

As someone who is passionate regarding the nature of marriage laws, you are right in saying we aren't one issue voters even though some matter might have heavier weight. But also political marketing keens into hot button issues, classifying and profiling us into well packaged groups turning into gang warfare rather then a discussion of rational laws necessary for the people.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Politics said...

Politicians never want to talk about government as they might offend someone and lose votes. See its not about the best interest of our country, but what will yield the most votes.

4:06 PM  

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