I have usually thought of Congress as the most powerful branch, but most agree that title belongs to the Executive. (Also, the Legislative Branch is explained in Article I while the Executive is in Article II.) I always liked the fact that the aggregation, combination, and/or chaos of the House and the Senate is a good indicator of where the American people, for better or worse. Unfortunately, our electoral system usually biases/skews that representation due to redistricting, state size, or other factors. As it stands now, the Republican wave within the state houses and the governors’ mansions allowed them to unilaterally create districts to maximize the amount of Republicans for the upcoming decade, all else equal. (Look at USC’s Annenberg Center’s ReDistricting Game to get a fuller understanding of that particular process.) Of course Democrats did the same, but they really only had one state to make that difference in Illinois (Chicago Tribune). With the 2014 elections coming, no serious political analyst sees Democrats making a gain, especially in the midterm of the 2nd term of a President as evidenced in the below (President Clinton’s 2nd term was an exception to the rule).
I do realize that opinion is shifting, and some might say rapidly, towards legalizing gay marriage. Nearly all the articles/stories devoted to the subject talk about the ‘when’ and not the ‘if’ about its legalization. Whether it be conservative, liberal, or in-between media outlets, the polls, proponents, and opponents recognize that attitudes towards marriage equality is changing from hostile to indifference/tolerance to acceptance/advocacy. Now I will state my opinion on this subject at the end, but I’d like to explain my subject line with two other hot button and (possibly equally) divisive as they personally relate to me (which happen to be a ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ viewpoint, respectively) and why I believe that we shouldn’t be so harsh against those that are for the “one man, one woman” definition of marriage.