The Right’s “Cronkite Moment” Over Gay Marriage?
On Feb. 27, 1968 Uncle Walt became one of the first high profile journalist to question our involvement in the war in Vietnam when he signed of with the following epitome.
To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, if unsatisfactory conclusion . . it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.
On March 26th, conservative stalwart Bill O’Reilly appeared to end his nonchalant pseudo-libertarian stance on the issue of gay marriage and actually endorsed a rational and secular argument for the legalization of gay marriage.
The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That’s where the compelling argument is. We’re Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else. That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that, you have got to have a very strong argument on the other side. The argument on the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.
Like the end of the war in Vietnam, the complete legalization of and acceptance of the reality of gay marriage will take several more years but beginning with O’Reilly’s capitulation it’s now more of a forgone conclusion than ever.