America is not the "social issue fixer-upper in disrepair" Progressives make her out to be. Instead, America is the "world's last great hope," and will continue to be, just as soon as we are able to get our head above the water economically.
The wave upon wave of "wars" on race, women, class and now gay marriage -- were devised to sink this magnificent "city on a shining hill" into the depths of the sea and replace her with a European-style socialistic utopian theme park I affectionately call "Progressive World."
Progressives, there is a much simpler way to get to that happy place filled with e-ticket rides and no work: Hop on a plane to Greece and send us a postcard to let us know how it's working out for you.
God bless them, it seems Progressives honestly thought the sun, moon, and planets had lined up just for them that magical Greek column-themed Inauguration night in 2009 when Democrats owned Washington.
President Obama and Democrats had two years to do something about gay marriage, if they wanted to. Instead, the president waited to make his "public service announcement" until now. Obama made no promises; he simply stated his opinion. The shrewd politician he is, Obama understood the power of words and threw out a few to rally his base and raise Hollywood big-dollar campaign donations -- which goes to show you intelligence is not a prerequisite for fame.
Rally, he did; within days, Newsweek canonized Obama as America's "First Gay President," and plastered his face on their front page, rainbow flag colored halo and all. I shall bite my tongue here for further comment, and leave the editorializing to readers.
Especially during these days of pending economic ruin, the "war" on gay marriage is a waste of time. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that as long as gays stay within the same legal boundaries we are all bound to; they can do whatever they want behind closed doors. It's their business. I'm sure the GOP would be happy to accommodate them with reasonable things like hospital visitation rights. Sexual activity is between an individual, God, and the fly on the wall and has nothing to do with civil rights.
Conservatives must sit this one out and let nature take its course. If liberal men marry men and liberal women marry women and those who want to abort their babies do so, it won't be long before liberals will "social right" themselves out of existence. In this case, patience is a virtue conservatives should wholeheartedly embrace.
Meanwhile, our ship is sinking, and Democrats are dressing themselves for dinner.
Focusing on non-issues intended to pit Americans against each other rather than acknowledging the iceberg we're about to crash into was an exercise in futility. How far this one, who once promised to bind us together, has fallen.
It truly is "still about the economy, stupid." Maybe someone needs to declare a war on "stupid."
Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist, motivational speaker and military advocate who writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or her website at susanstamperbrown.com.