Florida's at it Again!

March 12, 2011

Does everyone remember the 2008 primaries and how front heavy they became, turning Super Tuesday into Ridiculously Super Tuesday? And, do you all remember how Florida stole the show, moving itself up to January 29th? The RNC as a result stripped Florida of half of its delegates for that move, but this was of little consequence to the State’s Legislator, because even after this “penalty” Florida still possessed more delegates than 38 of the other states, and with its winner take all system they completely altered the race as it was up to that point.

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Now they’re at it again; Florida is considering moving their primary to January 31st, just three days after South Carolina, one week after New Hampshire and just two short weeks after Iowa. Additionally, consider the fact that Florida has more delegates than all three of the afore mentioned States, and that fact in combination with Florida’s winner-takes-all primary system, conceivably an individual could lose all prior races but win Florida and come out the undisputed leader for the remainder of the race. In 2008, John McCain found himself in a very tight race leading up to Florida, but thanks to a last minute endorsement by the then very popular Governor, Charlie Crist; McCain was able to pull off the upset victory and essentially secure the nomination right there.

Now Florida is a swing state, so it may not be a bad thing for them to have an early primary, it allows the people of that crucial state to choose who is best suited for the general election there, but the issue still remains that this early date for a very-large winner-takes-all state will make most later primaries and caucuses little more than a formality.

If Florida is to have an early primary they need to be a proportional delegate state, this would allow for a genuine vetting of the candidates nationwide. But if they are to remain as they are, they need to follow protocol and have their primary with the other winner-takes-all states; towards the end of the process where only a couple of viable candidates are left in the race and the ultimate winner can solidify his/her victory.

Ultimately, Republican Voters must urge their Party leadership to decisively handle Florida’s misconduct; they, Florida, must be stricken of ALL of their delegates; for this is the only way to force them reconsider their primary date. Hopefully America won’t allow one state dictate the course of her future!

Commentary: Issue of gay marriage and parenthood

NPR Morning Edition November 20, 2003 | BOB EDWARDS BOB EDWARDS Morning Edition (NPR) 11-20-2003 Commentary: Issue of gay marriage and parenthood

Host: BOB EDWARDS Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon

BOB EDWARDS, host:

Just two days after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a ruling supporting gay marriage, both liberals and conservatives are predicting that the issue will split American voters. In the second in a series of commentaries on gay marriage, Stanley Kurtz says not everyone who is anti-gay marriage is anti-gay.

STANLEY KURTZ:

Gay marriage is a tough issue. Many Americans want to offer gay marriage as a gesture of love, acceptance and support to our gay friends and relatives. Yet Americans also worry about the effects on the institution of marriage, of so profound a change. Same sex marriage could affect marriage itself. There has long been a profound symbolic link between marriage and parenthood. Of course, not all married couples can or do have children. But gay marriage would create a whole new class of marriages that cannot, by themselves, produce children. It would break apart the symbolic connection between marriage and parenthood. web site gay marriage facts

Consider the experience of the Scandinavian countries where gay marriage has existed for a decade. Marriage is slowly dying there. Increasingly, affluent, middle class Scandinavians are having children without getting married. European statistical bureaus report that a majority of children in Sweden and Norway are now born out of wedlock. The unmarried parents break up at two to three times the rate of married couples leaving their children in the lurch.

In Scandinavia, gay marriage has reinforced the existing trend toward the separation of marriage and parenthood. Thus, it has contributed to higher out-of-wedlock birth rates and higher rates of family disillusion. Scandinavia’s system of same sex registered partnerships is a sort of de facto gay marriage, very much like Vermont’s civil unions. This means that granting same sex marriage in everything but name could get us into trouble as well. And Scandinavia doesn’t have an under class. America’s under class already suffers from sky-high rates of unwed motherhood. That leaves us particularly vulnerable to any further separation between the ideas of marriage and parenthood. go to web site gay marriage facts

You don’t have to be religious to take this problem seriously. Gay marriage is much more than a simple question of civil rights. Our sex and our sexuality have much more bearing than skin color does on the way marriage and parenting work. This isn’t about returning to the ’50s when homosexuals were closeted. We cherish tolerance, but Americans are rightly concerned about the possible social effects of gay marriage. On balance, I think gay marriage is a bad idea, but it’s a tough issue because it’s a real issue, a genuine conflict between the need for social tolerance and the welfare of children who need and deserve stable families.

EDWARDS: The comments of Stanley Kurtz, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a contributing editor for National Review Online. Tomorrow, commentator Patt Morrison said gays should look before they leap into marriage.

The time is 29 minutes past the hour.

BOB EDWARDS


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