Okay, here is a ripe one.
Those who have been following the lefti-capades here in Moscow should remember that this last November, a strident hard-left Moscow City Council was voted out and replaced by some grown-ups. In a fit of pique, before the old council left, they extended benefits to domestic partners of city workers. The only problem was that this went clean against a Marriage Amendment that the citizens of Idaho had voted for a mere eighteen months before. All this was just par for the course here in crazyville, and I don’t recall having said one single thing about it.
Well, a senator in the state legislature, a Sen. Russ Fulcher, asked the attorney general’s office about it, and received confirmation that the Moscow action was likely out of bounds. Okay, so what else is new? But then the newspaper added this:
But that’s just part of the story. You see, the senator who asked the question has children, indicating that he is not quite objective about all this hetero/homo stuff. Eh? And furthermore, obviously caring for them, he enrolls those children in one of the best schools in the state. What do you think of them apples? Speak into the microphone, senator. Well, it turns out that this fine school in Boise (when will the perfidy stop?) is connected to other fine schools around the nation, and the association of these classical and Christian schools is headquartered in Moscow, the town where the city council just extended benefits to domestic part . . . no, wait, got off message there . . . the town where conservatives have been, you know, doing stuff. One of the conservatives who has done and said stuff, sometimes in public, has been moi, as the French actually don’t say, because usually their entire sentences are in French. But at any rate, I have been involved in some of this Moscow pushing and shoving, and I also serve as an ex officio member of the ACCS board, which accredited Foundations Academy. O tempora! O mores! In addition to all this, Sen. Fulcher and I never heard of one another. Clearly something nefarious is up.
Actually, I have a simpler explanation. Sen. Fulcher never heard of me, but over the course of the last several years, he had to have heard a constant drumbeat of calls from the Intoleristas of Moscow, all saying that what matters, everywhere and always, is the LAW, what matters is the CODE, what matters is simple CONFORMITY to the LAW, however we might feel about it on a personal level. Feeling inspired by this noble sentiment which our intoleristas were injecting by the kilo-ton into the karmasphere, Sen. Fulcher asked if the action of the (happily former) Moscow City Council was legal. Turns out it wasn’t.
Huh. Now what? I turn to Moscow’s code-mongers with an interested and quizzical expression on my face.