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Editorials, Nov. 29

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Glad to hear it

Jerry Cox, president of the Family Council, says that his group's proposal to prohibit gays and unmarried heterosexuals from adopting or fostering children won't win voter approval as easily as did the council's earlier proposal to ban gay marriage. These may be the first words from Jerry Cox's mouth that we've found pleasing.

It's not that Mr. Cox is personally offensive, but he and his organization are forever advancing rather nasty propositions. Their latest is an initiated act that will appear on the ballot next year, assuming that its supporters gather sufficient signatures, as they probably will, and that the Arkansas Supreme Court doesn't intervene.

The council's gay-baiting constitutional amendment against marriage was approved overwhelmingly in 2004. The initiated act is more objectionable, since its primary victims would be children. The need for adoptive and foster parents is great, but the Family Council would disqualify couples otherwise well qualified, though all the evidence shows that people lacking a marriage license can and do provide loving homes. Opposition to the proposal is building. If it produces a concession statement from Cox next November, we'll be pleased again.

Impeach bin Laden

Can we be sure that Osama bin Laden is not now occupying the office of vice president of the United States? The alleged vice-presidential visit to Little Rock this month provided no compelling evidence. A putative Dick Cheney crept into town and crept out two hours later with a bagful of money donated by 100 or so rich Republicans, whom he addressed privately and who were the only Arkansans permitted to see him.

But our sources insist that the speaker wore a ski mask, concealing his features and muffling, to some extent, what may have been a Middle Eastern accent. It's said he spoke in favor of “not giving up,” that is, of extending the Iraq war indefinitely. This is a sentiment shared by bin Laden, who likes to see America suffer, and Cheney, who likes to see Halliburton prosper. There are other similarities. Both men have secret hiding places they seldom leave. Both are willing, if not eager, to torture those who disagree with them. The passenger in the Little Rock limousine passed a protester and his dog without incident, which suggests the passenger was not Cheney. The real Cheney would have opened fire.

If bin Laden is indeed acting as vice president, where is Cheney? That question might be answered if congressional Democrats would launch impeachment proceedings against whoever is passing himself off as vice president. Whoever it is needs to be got rid of.

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