OAKLAND, June 14, 2013 ― Find an online episode of the 2003 series “It’s All Relative.” The smartly written show took Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, added homosexuality, and got rid of the bloodshed. The characters are well fleshed out, all too human, and analogous to political figures in any era.
Simon and Philip are the wealthy, gay, politically liberal Presbyterian couple raising an adopted daughter. Mace and Audrey are the working class, heterosexual, politically conservative Irish Catholic couple raising a son. The two children fall in love, forcing the families to interact.
The show plunges into charged political issues without taking sides. Mace is uncomfortable about homosexuality, but less bigoted than Archie Bunker from “All in the Family.” Audrey eventually gets Mace to lighten up. When Mace expresses shock that Philip attends church, Philip indignantly replies, “We’re gay. We pray.” Simon then gets Philip to stop being so hyper-sensitive at imagined slights.
One episode entitled “Swangate” illustrates the truism that politics creates strange bedfellows. Rarely can politics be summed up in one episode of one television program as well as it can be in this one.
The “Swangate” politician drops two bombshell announcements. He comes out in favor of gay marriage, and in favor of a controversial construction project.
Mace and Audrey are both against gay marriage, but only Audrey decides to stand on principle. Mace subverts his socially conservative beliefs because the construction project will create jobs for his neighborhood.
Philip and Simon are both against the construction project, seeing it as graft. Yet only Simon maintains his ethics. Philip tolerates what he knows is a dishonest business deal solely to advance gay marriage.
It soon becomes apparent that the politician is completely corrupt, leading to odd alliances. Audrey and Simon both plot to stop him. While they disagree on gay marriage debate and the construction project, both put integrity first. Meanwhile, Mace and Philip, each other’s main antagonist, form an unprincipled union despite disagreeing on the underlying issues.
The politician gets drunk and drives over a swan. Mace and Philip do what people who have already compromised themselves would do. They help the politician bury the swan.
Justice and truth eventually win out. The politician is exposed by Audrey and Simon, costing the town gay marriage and the construction project.
Conservative Audrey and liberal Simon are thinkers. Conservative Mace and liberal Philip act reflexively. They are “sheeple.”
Now look at the 2013 scandals surrounding Obama and Hillary. How many people reflexively come to predetermined conclusions where ideology trumps logical reasoning and facts?
The ethical reaction should be to look inward, see how one would react to President George W. Bush, and maintain intellectual honesty and consistency.
Most conservatives would not blink an eye over Bush doing whatever was necessary to keep Americans safe while fighting the War on Terror. Therefore, unless evidence surfaces that the Obama administration is eavesdropping on telephone conversations, the NSA data mining issue should, for them, be a non-issue.
On the flip side, liberals would go insane if the Bush White House used the IRS to target liberal organizations. The people chanting “Bush lied, people died” over the War in Iraq would be enraged over four Americans left to die in Benghazi.
Too many conservatives will savage Obama for things they’d ignore or applaud under Reagan or Bush. Too many liberals will give Obama and Hillary free passes for any conduct, no matter how unseemly. Obama is black, Hillary is a woman, and they are both liberals. Americans murdered by Islamists matter less than the “greater good” of unlimited abortion rights, gay marriage, and the global warming green agenda. Corruption is swept under the rug deliberately.
This is not a new phenomenon. While conservatives cared that former Congressman Barney Frank and former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines were up to their eyeballs in scandals, the left saw a gay congressman and a black CEO.
The left railed about “too big to fail,” but the problems of the last few years stemmed from Frank being too gay to fail, Obama, Raines and Eric Holder being too black to fail, and Hillary being too female to fail.
Maybe “It’s All Relative” was too honest to succeed as a television show. The politician in that show was too corrupt to succeed. One gay liberal Christian male and one heterosexual conservative Catholic woman united to put integrity above politics.
America would be a better and more noble country if people saw politics less like Phillip and Mace, more like Simon and Audrey.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS.
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