I discovered this page on Max Baucus’ Facebook feed, and I would like to systematically take it apart for you.
First off: “I believe each one of us has the moral obligation to leave this place in as good or better shape than we found it for our kids and grandkids.” How is leaving 100 trillion in debt to your grandchildren moral, how will it leave things better for them?
Secondly: “That responsibility also means making sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed regardless of whom he or she loves. Fairness is a Montana value.” While my experience has shown that Montana is the fairest state I have lived in so far, people should not have the opportunity to succeed regardless of who they love. Pedophiles for example, should not fit this criteria.
Third: “And, in Big Sky Country, we truly believe in personal freedom. We believe the government shouldn’t interfere in the people’s private business.” If you believe in personal freedom so much why were you a co-creator of the ACA? This law clearly takes away the freedom to not participate in healthcare, and forces religious organizations to give care that is counter to their religious practices? Concerning gay rights, several lawsuits have been handed out to business for choosing who they do business with, this is government interference for even seeing the lawsuits.
Fourth: “There are more than 1,000 rights and obligations the federal government grants to married couples that same-sex couples are denied. It’s time to end marriage discrimination which is why I supported overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.” I cannot stress this to the world enough so maybe caps will help. IF YOU NEED THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE IT TO YOU IT IS NOT A RIGHT IT IS A PRIVILEGE. While I agree DOMA should have never been a thing, I also believe the government should not have ever given incentives for marriage. It is my strong belief that as a human, you should be allowed to choose a person lover or not, friend or not, family or not, to receive all the “rights” or benefits that the government allows married couples.
Fifth: “Simply put: the federal government should not be interfering in the personal decision of who an adult chooses as a partner”. In general this is true, however you really should stop those polygamy farms in Utah, and a 30 year old really should never be allowed to marry a 15 year old. The government has made it abundantly clear they will never stand for polygamy, and while I disagree with it on a moral level, why should the government decide if its OK for me to have 2 wives or not.
Sixth: “When it comes to the workplace, it is unacceptable for anyone to be fired simply because of their sexual orientation”. I actually agree, the only reason I think people should be fired is for poor performance. (Yes I mean this. If you come to work drunk, tip over the lathe you are working on, but still manage to get the job done better than the newbie working next to you, then keep on working son).
Seventh: “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will help protect workers from this type of discrimination and I look forward to moving forward on this legislation in the Senate as soon as possible.” The creation of this law flies in the face of what you had just said “We believe the government shouldn’t interfere in the people’s private business.” I am a true free market kind of man. I believe that you should be allowed to run a business in any manner you see profitable. It is the responsibility of the consumer to decide if they want to receive goods and services from a bigoted company not the governments. If I believe there is a market for a black girls in chains strip club that services only bald white men wearing top hats and penny loafers, I should be allowed to run that business so long as it is profitable. The government does not get to decide morality, the people do.
Eighth:”Members of the LGBT community are our neighbors, brothers, sisters and friends. They are community leaders who bring the kind of diversity to our nation that makes it strong.” While I agree with the first half of this statement, I see no added value in lgbt leaders over non lgbt leaders. Seeing as how I don’t believe the government should be involved in marriage straight or gay, I don’t see how having leaders who’s sole purpose is to get married benefits society.
Ninth: “United States Senator Max Baucus has been a strong ally to gay and lesbian Montanans. He supported the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which discriminated against veterans and servicemen and women because of who they love.” Being a veteran of the U.S. NAVY I saw the huge logistical issues caused by the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Contrary to popular belief, many bases operate under strict rules, the one I was stationed at did not allow the opposite sex into your rooms, because believe it or not they didn’t want people having lots and lots of sex, gay or straight. With the repeal of this policy you are now faced with the issue of how to deploy and birth(house) straights and gays. Do you integrate them, separate them from every one, separate them from each other. Lets be honest, in the military you are warriors, there to defend this country and if occasion arises kill bad guys. No one can deny that a decent person acts different around some one they have intimate connections with. Good or bad, it is not predictable, and the military wants predictable solders.
TENTH: “He was the first statewide elected Democrat in Montana to publicly support marriage equality. And Max fought to ensure that the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act included strong protections for LGBT people and Native Americans. In March of 2013, Max announced that he would co-sponsor legislation to repeal the outdated and discriminatory DOMA law”. I will say this again and again, probably until I am dead. Gays are not special, they do not need special laws, if you are a lesbian you are still a woman, and should be protected equally under the violence against women act. THE ONLY REASON MARRIAGE IS AN ISSUE IS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT MADE IT SO. The government pigeonholed people into thinking marriage is a need for certain benefits. While it is the quickest path to those benefits, there are many other ways to receive most of the 1000 plus government benefits. As stated before I believe you should be able to give those benefits to whomever you please regardless of marital status.