“N.J. Gov. Christie signs ban on gay conversion therapy”
Or, as my wife put it, Ann Coulter’s superconservative superstar essentially signed a ban on dubious parenting, depending on one’s perspective — in a further blow against religious liberty, and keeping the government out of the personal affairs of families.
If the family won’t act, politicians will. For the children! Because nobody knows your child better than a legislator in a state government. And if the government wasn’t more than capable of running your household for you, how else might we explain the tremendous success they’ve had in, for instance, the black community?
Saddest of all, you can bet your ass that there will be an outpouring of “conservative” punditry praising this move (we know who on here will be celebrating with a liberation cupcake) — which is nothing more than a cynical political manuever by Christie to position himself as national a candidate at the expense of ever-increasing conflation between the family and the government, with the government, led by fat sleezy lawyers and nameless bureaucrats, assuming the role of family patriarch and de facto household head.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Monday banning the controversial practice of “conversion” therapy for gay youth. It is a victory for gay rights groups that have long been trying to get the Republican governor to reverse his position on same-sex marriage.
The law forbids licensed therapists from using therapy to try to change the sexual orientation of minors. New Jersey is the second state, after California, to ban the practice.
Christie said that while he is concerned about “government limiting parental choice on the care and treatment of their own children,” he sided with expert opinion from the American Psychological Association that the practice can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse in teenagers.
Of course, there are millions of things that can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse in teens — among them, broken families; pressure from parents to do well in school; pressure from peers to engage in oral sex and sexual intercourse; the college application process; failure to make sports teams or cheerleading squads; or just plain anti-depressant medications prescribed — ironicallyl — by psychologists and doctors.
It’s like the GOP has launched a suicide mission, and when they explosion goes off in 2016, they want the biggest, most gruesomely blubbery bang for their buck.
Christie is to “conservative” as people who refer to themselves as liberals are to liberal.
This is just further proof that we are fucked: because rather than explain the liberty and autonomy and small government reasoning behind not interfering in what is clearly not the government’s bailwick, the establishment GOP has taken the easy way out and tried to adopt liberal policies that they think will win over moderate voters too stupid to be sold on the message of the proper role of government and its limitations.
And that, in turn, is because the ruling class Republicans don’t think there should be limitations. Except when it comes to raising taxes, mostly on their constituent groups.
Christie, like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney and Bob Dole and John McCain and other Bushies, are standard bearers for this form of technocratic statism.
Which has served the GOP remarkably well.
– not their constituencies, mind you. But the party. Which moves ever left while running, campaigning, and fund raising as the only viable obstacles to an ever leftward moving statist government.