Shackled by tradition
In his column “What still binds us?” (March 30 and TribLIVE.com), Pat Buchanan argues that by evolving on issues such as gay marriage, America loses its foothold on morality and greatness. Yet he ignores the vast, repeating history of social issues in this country.
Had tradition always been respected, we would still have segregation and women would not be permitted to vote.
Buchanan may argue that a “common faith and moral code once held this country together.” But he forgets that people of all faiths and moral codes have evolved us from the disenfranchisement of other minorities in the past.
As history repeats itself with the gay-marriage issue, I'm glad that his so-called “new morality” exists to save us from the arcane “traditional values” that shackle the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
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