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The Power of a Personal Connection

Vice President Cheney, who many of us in the Democratic camp now see as one of the more intractable ideologues in the Administration, at least with respect to foreign policy, surprised many yesterday when he distanced himself from Bush’s support of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

"Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with," Cheney told an audience that included his daughter. "With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone ... People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to. "
Hmm! Forgive me if I suspect that the reason our leaders are so out of touch with regular folks is that there is an unnatural dearth of connection between them and, for example, American wage earners who punch a clock and struggle to feed their families, scientists who understand that global warming is a reality the world needs to reckon with, Iraqi civilians whose health is being compromised by the depleted uranium peppering their communities, families struggling with mentally ill relatives whose treatments are denied by insurers who stand to benefit from the stigma that mental illness is somehow the sufferer's fault, relatives of lifers in prison whose third strike, like their first two was a non-violent felony, and the list goes on.

If you fill your administration with friends and colleagues from the corporate boardroom, it's hardly any wonder that the needs you will relate to will be the needs of corporate America. In fact it seems that gaining access to this administration, or even to Bush's campaign appearances, requires one to be fully vetted as not belonging to the class of individuals that may cause discomfort. It's as if the Administration seems to realize at a subconscious level that exposure to these sorts might cause their ideologies to fall like a house of cards. Dissenters may be dangerous subversives and therefore must be seen as a security risk.

But Cheney's daughter is gay, so he 'gets it' on that issue. How sweet.

Posted by Walker Willingham at August 25, 2004 6:31 PM