Society and Tyranny
A Republican Maine politician, Michael Thibodeau, voted against same-sex marriage under the claim that it "tears away at the very fabric of our society." I get tired of arguments such as this.
What is the "fabric" of "society?" More importantly, where does one cast vote for or against "society" or its "fabric"? And how dare a politician claim to be speaking for "society" without anyone having voted - either for "society" or for him as its executory organ?
Instead, in politics, society is this: An excuse for smuggling in an unofficial totalitarian agenda that is extracurricular to Constitutional law. There is no constitution for "society." There is no executive, legislative or judicial branch for "society." It is an unelected, unofficial, unchecked, unbalanced and unaccountable organ of usurpation of power - which, being all these things, has nothing to keep it from turning tyrannical or corrupt.
And to assume such an entity and claim to speak for it is a vast and illegitimate power grab, as well as a let-in for this tyranny and corruption.
It's the same as with people who claim to speak for God. Nobody would dare question the person who claims to speak for God; so he has unelected, unchecked and unbalanced power over others. With society we see the exact same thing. There is no constitution, no accountabilityand no officiality, balance or check on society. Which means that the power that society-mongerers wield is usurpatory, unconstitutional and illegitimate altogether.
The homosexuals are far from the only people who come at the receiving end of such illegitimate usurpations of power. Any number of non-homosexuals do as well. Any time we see someone claiming to speak for society, what we find is someone practicing an unconstitutional power grab. This is the case regardless of the person's political affiliations.
Any time someone starts speaking for society, what we see therefore is a voice of tyranny and corruption. And voices of tyranny and corruption have very little place in countries that are intended to be free. This is the case for Thibodeau; this is the case for anyone else who attacks constitutional rights and liberties under the claim of speaking for society.
If societies are to be made organs of power, then it must be power that is official, accountable, checked and balanced. All the practices must be codified as they are and subjected to accountability from within and without in case that the practices or their enforcement violates human rights and constitutional liberties. Otherwise society is nothing more than an excuse for tyranny and corruption on the part of people who seek to practice such things.
And it is from these people, not homosexuals or anyone else that they attack, that the countries intended to be free most deserve and require protection.