Marilyn Musgrave, our district’s representative for the U.S.
House of Representatives, is a rising star in the world of
Back in early September, “Newsweek” magazine selected our
representative as one of seven Republican stars, joining the ranks
of well-known and well-respected Republicans like New York Gov.
George Pataki, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and the
maverick himself, Arizona Sen. John McCain.
This is quite an accomplishment for the “freshman”
representative. Too bad this silly rising star moniker is the only
accomplishment Musgrave can boast, and accomplishment is hardly the
Musgrave received this pat of the back because she brought gay
marriage to the national spotlight. She introduced the Federal
Marriage Amendment, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution
banning gay marriage. The bill is being debated in Congress.
Musgrave’s bill promotes fascism. Musgrave and Republicans can
spin this bill and its school of thought anyway they see fit, but
this proposal is fascist because it asserts one group of people
(heterosexuals) is better than another (homosexuals), and it
singles out homosexuals and denies any possibility of extending
basic marriage rights to gay couples.
Republicans supporting Musgrave’s bill say the bill doesn’t
intend to harm gay and lesbian couples, arguing this proposal is
designed to protect the sanctity of marriage. But marriage – a word
with religious connotation – is something that can be protected
through private churches and other religious organizations.
Further, states and the federal government should separate from
the term marriage all together and recognize only unions. That way
marriage could be a religious definition and states could recognize
non-sex-specific unions, and homosexual couples could receive the
same benefits allotted to today’s heterosexual couples.
But what I propose would be fair for all is something Musgrave
simply can’t tolerate because she makes it painfully clear her
agenda and platform supports only the religious right.
Even if you disagree with the idea that gay couples are entitled
to marriage rights, sane people recognize it is completely
unnecessary to create a constitutional amendment banning gay
marriage. No state is forced to recognize another state’s gay
union, and only Massachusetts recognizes gay marriage and Vermont
allows civil unions. Unions and gay marriages are something
independent states should decide.
But Musgrave is a cunning elephant because she has distracted
Coloradans from the real issues facing this district, all while
making it appear she has been doing something in Congress. When she
ran against Stan Matsunaka in 2002, Musgrave’s platform focused on
gay marriage and abortion, while “Stan the Man” spoke of Northern
Colorado’s growth and economic issues.
Matsunaka seeks to improve our quality of life, and his platform
focuses on our everyday concerns. Musgrave pretty much did nothing
in her two-year stint (aside from highlighting the gay marriage
issue) and has said really nothing about growth and the economy in
her reelection bid this year.
Musgrave’s becoming a star came at the expense of real issues
facing this district. Gay marriage and abortion are hot-button
issues that will probably never be resolved because the emotions
are too high and nobody will compromise. Besides, if there is a ban
on gay marriage, does that create more jobs or manage growth?
Musgrave is a do-nothing politician promoting a fascist agenda.
Does she really represent “Western” values, as she states she does
on her Web site? Has her presence in Congress and her achieved
rising star status improved your life? Answer these questions Nov.
2 in the voting booth.
Vince Adams is a graduate student studying English. His column
runs every Tuesday in the Collegian.