This week, Dick Cheney got to do the thing every father dreams of doing. This week, Dick Cheney got to walk his daughter down the aisle. Mary Cheney got married. She was made an honest woman by Heather Poe.
Given the chance, I would have liked the opportunity to stand-up at their wedding. Given the chance, I would have liked the opportunity to express why these two women should NOT be married, just to be a Dick.
When Dick Cheney was in a position to do something meaningful for millions of gay men and women, who were living in second class, who were bullied into believing their sexuality was a choice, who endured a debate in the country of their birth about amending the constitution to take away their rights, while this was going on, in real time, the second most powerful man in the world, whose daughter was gay, took a look at the need for the country he was leading to have a meaningful debate about equality, and made the character defining choice of remaining silent.
Instead, the second most powerful man in the world used his voice to encourage cutting taxes until America was bankrupt; instead, the second most powerful man in the world used his voice to lie about Weapons of Mass Destruction; instead, Dick Cheney, the second most powerful man in the world, lobbied for torture.
The bells are ringing. But it’s not wedding bells. It’s the ringing in your ears when the band leaves the stage after the third encore at midnight and you’ve been pressed-up against the fence in the front row of Lollapalooza since noon. It’s the ringing in your ears when you realize Whitney Houston was 48, MCA was 47, Amy Winehouse was 27 and you could bet the remaining nickel on your upside down mortgage Lindsay Lohan won’t make it to 30. It’s the ringing in your ears at Safeway when the lone gunman opens fire on the lovely congresswoman who, only seconds before the gunfire rang out, was talking to a 9-year old girl, who won’t make it to 10.
It’s the ringing in your ears letting you know you’re in Backwards Land. Welcome!
Where equality is up for grabs. Where torture is a technique. Where celebrity death is the 3rd Act Climax of Reality TV. And Dick Cheney, who was once the second most powerful man in the world, piped-up when he voted against freeing Nelson Mandela but kept his mouth shut when his daughter needed him the most.