Feast of Corpus Christi, 2011
I've already given my reaction and thoughts on The Other Blog. Just as a reminder, though, the score is now 31-6, and traditional marriage has won wherever gay marriage has been put to popular vote. However, the score may be made moot if SCOTUS decides they want to make unconstitutional laws defining marriage traditionally ... and they really don't need to work that hard to rationalize it, either.
After reading about Mitt Romney's part in the Massachusetts same-sex marriage debacle and his refusal to sign the SBA List, I've come to the conclusion that he's pro-life only on the campaign trail, like a number of Republicans. Michele Bachmann gave a preview of her candidacy by saying she would propose a constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage. However, I'm still not convinced that she has what it takes to win the primaries and go the distance against Barack Obama. Ruben Navarrete makes the point that Rick Perry's attractiveness as a candidate is based on a perception of how good he is at creating jobs; however, most of those jobs have been filled by non-Texans and immigrants, and at the cost of letting education and the state infrastructure slide while boosting the state deficit. Herman Cain is a corporate stooge; nobody else is in the field right now. I'm still waiting for everyone to get placed.
*sigh* Why didn't we take over Mexico when we had the chance? (Answer: Because we didn't want it, and because we couldn't have afforded the occupation forces if we did.)
I've long thought that the majority of the US' immigration policy with respect to Mexico was informed in part by racism, and perhaps a bit by anti-Catholicism. However, recognizing the fact of the Mexican drug cartels and their increasing aggressiveness isn't racism but ground truth.
The cartels shouldn't be thought of as comparable to La Cosa Nostra or the Crips and the Bloods. The Mob never sought any confrontation with cops, and didn't kill them whenever they could avoid it; the police and the feds were enemies, but enemies to be respected so long as they were clean. The Crips and the Bloods, for as much as they're drains on society, are Mob wanna-bes; cut them off from their suppliers, and they're nothing.
Rather, the cartels are governments within the Mexican government, poisoning Mexican society at various levels. If I were Felipe Calderón, I'd want a bill from the Mexican Congress recognizing the cartels as forces in rebellion against the legitimate government, so I could send in the Army.
Homeowners' associations can go too far.