Friday, October 03, 2008
Tolerance and governance
It's not enough.
Look, when you're a private citizen, with the power only of a private citizen, tolerance is a virtue.
When you're taking control over the executive, you are taking more power, and at that point, personal tolerance is not enough. You need to assure folks that the power of the state will protect the people, because it is the people from whom the power of the government comes.
Although it sucks that Biden and Obama don't support gay marriage, they have stated more than "we are tolerant". They have promised to use the power of government to secure people's civil rights. That is what we need.
Tolerance is what you yearn for in your friends, not in your leaders.